In past two years I have spend a lot of time reflecting on how I take a leap of faith to become more engaged as an entrepreneur and so take the control of my own economic empowerment.
Why did this happen you may ask – I got pushed out of my employment in a way that I just couldn’t believe. I was the best qualified, had satisfactory work performance with significant contributions and achievements in my employment position and, in my opinion, acted as a leader in the leadership position I held. It turns out that acting as a leader and speaking out on issues that warranted it was the piece of the puzzle that was not fitting in my employment story.
Perhaps you can imagine how shocked I was by the turn of events in my life when it was time to renew my contract and I was impolitely pushed out. The next twelve months that passed proved to be very interesting for me as I worked hard to gain new employment. I was critically analytical of the space and time I was in and eventually realized it was not enough to have the highest possible level of training if all it did was prepare me to ‘work for someone or some agency.’
I concluded that it was MOST important for me to learn how to generate my own wealth and start creating my own income. Great! I had now arrived at the conclusion to become an entrepreneur. Now the big task is in what field and how would I use the skills, talents and other resources I had gained in my professional careers over the last years.
Even as I was thinking about this big task of determining my entrepreneurial direction, I could feel the big fear mongering voice in the back of my mind. I am scared! I don’t know where to begin! I don’t even know how to do this. YET! Many women have had to do this out of a necessity and they seem to get by.
I realized, as I looked at the reality of many low income, subsistence women fighting to generate resources for themselves and their families, there was a beautiful place they had arrived at – a level of confidence and fearlessness to get out into the world and make it happen.
I too had reached a place of necessity, but I realized I was lacking the confidence and fearlessness needed to get out into the world and make it happen.
If I can get there for myself I will be in a wonderful position to help women to get beyond where they are and marry their confidence and fearlessness with enhanced economic empowerment opportunities. I can help myself and help other women.
But for me to make it to that place I need the help of all my sisters and brothers to become less fearful to take risks in becoming an entrepreneur.
I look forward to this new path I am taking.