June 25, 2014
Young Women Entrepreneurs With a Good Attitude Make for a Recipe of Success
Our August 25 2012 and September 6 2012 posts, Your Attitude Impacts How You Operate Your Business are from the first draft of my book Realizing a Vision.
A couple of weeks ago I was talking to two members of our Young Women’s Leadership Advisory Council. Alexandra Hoang and Kelly Trinh just completed their freshman year at University of California Berkeley. They had reviewed the recent draft of the book. Part of our conversation was about the attitude chapter. We decided to delete the chapter and include the most important points into another chapter.
Attitude is such a key attribute to running and growing a business it warrants a new post on it. A “good attitude” will take you much further in changing the outlook of your situation(s).
In my experience high school girls have a tough time developing and keeping a good attitude. There is competition with group acceptance and everyday interactions during and after school. Losing a boyfriend, a class election and dealing with a difficult teacher can drag any girl down and at times may result depression.
Developing a business while in high school takes a good attitude no matter what happens. What I just mentioned are a few examples that may get in the way of you becoming an entrepreneur in high school. Those events and similar ones may keep you from starting a business, keeping the business going and not giving up.
I wish I had known in high school about the four steps I am going to share with you. Using them would have helped me on the path of a positive attitude. I would have gone ahead and started the business I dreamed about. The same four steps would have helped me manage a lot of negative events and people in high school.
Four steps to a good attitude that will impact how you start and operate your business are as follows:
- A grateful attitude. In every event in your business whether it is good or bad there is a lesson to be learned. The people I know with a grateful attitude keep their minds free of negativity. Their minds are clear to find opportunities to change the situation, alleviate it for the future, or accept it and move on to keep the business going.
- Exercise. There are a ton of good reasons to exercise. Physical activities that require concentration will keep the mind off of negative situations. For some of you exercise will be in after school team sports. If you do not like team sports exercises like swimming, dancing and gymnastics are great. Outdoor activities like downhill skiing, ice-skating, tennis and golf are also great to clear your mind. There are many more and I am sure you have a few you really enjoy. Most important the exercises that require focus usually move you into a better frame of mind.
- “Fake it till you make it “ or “act as if.” In other words, smile and act as if you are on the upside rather than the downside. When you fake it till you make it you may find you feel better about yourself and the circumstances. It will also give other people the impression you are not bothered about the problem. You may become a role model for high girls who want to become an entrepreneur. Consider how you feel when you smile rather than when you have a scowl on your face.
- Surround yourself with positive people and avoid the toxic ones. This is not as easy as it sounds. When a teacher, classmate or even relative creates a toxic environment it may not be possible to cut them out of your life. One way to handle someone’s toxic attitude is not to take anything personally. Make sure you have plenty of time away from them. By all means spend as much time as possible with positive people. For your business you will want to spend time with young female entrepreneurs. They will want to see your business vision come to fruition. Some with more experience may want to mentor you. They will understand the challenges of being a young entrepreneur in high school.
In closing today, remember you are the one to define your life. There are the choices you make and then your Attitude with a capital ‘A.’ I encourage you to make the four steps a habit. Only you know how much your attitude is worth.
If you are a high school entrepreneur we would love for you to share with us how a good attitude has made a difference for you. Perhaps your attitude was not positive and you learned from it. Would you like to share what happened?
Look forward to hearing from you.
Sylvia R.J. Scott
Founder & Managing Director
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