April 14, 2016

PART 2: A READING LIST for YOUNG FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS and ASPIRING ONES

The Girl’s CEO Connection is dedicated to motivating, engaging, and equipping high school girls as entrepreneurs. At the end of February we posted the first list. All of the books we list were chosen for girls creating entrepreneurial enterprises. The list continues to be edited for all of you in high school. There are some for college women who are entrepreneurs or those on a journey to start one.

This second group of books are from accomplished female entrepreneurs, women-owned business owners, and women who have studied why these women are successful.

Biz Dev Done Right by Caryn Kopp

Etiquette in Minutes Gives You the Self-Confidence and Savvy Know-How You’ve Always Wanted by Syndi Seid

Executive Presence by Sylvia Ann Hewlett

How Women Lead: The 8 Essential Strategies Successful Women Know by Sharon Hadry and Laura Henderson

How the World Sees You by Sally Hogshead

Mary Kay: The Success Story of America’s Most Dynamic Businesswoman By Mary Kay (Ash) along with all other books authored Mary Kay Ash, the founder of Mary Kay cosmetics.

Ready to be a Thought Leader: How to Increase Your Influence, Impact, and Success by Denise Brousseau

Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business by Barbara Corcoran

The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyengar

Think Like ShEO by Vickie Saunders and M.J. Ryan

Thrive by Arianna Huffington

#Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso

If you have any suggestions for young female entrepreneurs (high school and college) please email suggestions to sylvia@girlsceoconnection.com or add them to the comment section here. Being a female entrepreneur is not the same as having a career in the corporate world.

Cheers and until next time,

Sylvia

 

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March, 2016

A READING LIST for YOUNG FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS and ASPIRING ONES

The Girl’s CEO Connection is dedicated to motivating high school girls as entrepreneurs. Earlier this month I asked people in my LinkedIn groups the books they would suggest for young female entrepreneurs. They could also include books for aspiring ones. The list has been edited for all of you in high school. Some of them would be good for college women also. These books are totally for entrepreneurs and not for girls interested in the corporate world.

There are a little over 53 books so there will be two or three posts. The first group of books are from some of our Advisory Council members and friends. The authors are Rieva Lesonsky, Susan Solovic, Sandy Abrams, Cary J. Broussard, and Carol Frohlinger.

Young Millionaires: Inspiring Stories to Ignite Your Entrepreneurial Dreams by Rieva Lesonsky

Get Smart 365 Tips to Boost Your Entrepreneurial IQ by Rieva Lesonsky

The Era of the Entrepreneur, Advice, Insight and Inspiration by Susan Wilson Solovic

The Girls’ Guide to Building a Million-Dollar Business by Susan Wilson Solovic

It’s Your BIZ, The Complete Guide to Becoming Your Own Boss by Susan Wilson Solovic

Your Idea, Inc. by Sandy Abrams

The Shadow Negotiation: How Women Can Master the Hidden Agendas That Determine Bargaining Success by Deborah M. Kolb Ph.D., Carol Frohlinger JD, and Judith Williams Ph.D.

Her Place at the Table: A Woman’s Guide to Negotiating Five Key Challenges to Leadership Success by Deborah M. Kolb Ph.D., Carol Frohlinger JD, and Judith Williams

From Cinderella to CEO, How to Master the 10 Lessons of Fairy Tales to Transform Your Work Life by Cary J. Broussard

If you have any suggestions please email suggestions to sylvia@girlsceoconnection.com or add them to the comment section here.

Cheers and until next time,

Sylvia

Co-author forthcoming book: Realizing a Vision, Your Toolkit for Success. Words of Wisdom for Young Female Entrepreneurs 

Phone: 949-400-6936

 

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March 8, 2016

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

International Women’s Day is celebrated globally every year on March 8th. Women are celebrated for their achievements from the political to the social. It is a day for girls and young women as well. This year the campaign theme is Gender Parity. The Women’s International Day global equality campaign aims to see full equality for girls and women in education, payment for work, health choices, business opportunities and decreasing the violence women and girls face.

International Women’s Day began in the United States in the early 1900s. Just think about it, in the U.S. with all its advantages gender equality is still an issue. Perhaps not in the way as in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India yet it exists. In the U.S. gender parity includes an equal number of women serving on corporate Board of Directors. For example someday Facebook will hopefully have an equal number of women as men represented on its Board of Directors. Currently Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer of Facebook is the only woman in the company’s Board of Directors. While on the other hand, Estee Lauder Companies has seven women on its 15-member Board of Directors. For many years there were only two women on its Board of Directors and one was Evelyn Lauder.

For young female entrepreneurs gender equality means having the resources and acceptance to own a business in a nontraditional industry.  Linda Alvarado founder of Alvarado Construction is a trailblazer for young female entrepreneurs.  Ms. Alvarado  began her business 35 years ago in Denver Colorado.  She is also co-owner of the Colorado Rockies baseball team. Not only is she an accomplished woman entrepreneur in a male-dominated industry, Linda Alvarado is the first woman and first Hispanic owner in Major League Baseball.  Then there is Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO of GoldieBlox toy company. Owning a toy company may not seem to be unusual for a woman. However in the past women were more likely to start a doll company. Ms. Sterling  graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering/Product Design. She began GoldieBlox to get rid of the “pink” attitude with girl’s toys and inspire young girls to become engineers. Entrepreneur Debbie Sterling’s GoldieBlox business is breaking through the barriers of females becoming engineers. In 2014 and 2015 Macy’s Day Parade included a GoldieBlox float designed by GoldieBlox and the Macy’s Parade Studio.

For those of you who already own a business your voice will make a difference in how the world accepts young female entrepreneurs. The United Nations Youth Envoy is on the side of youth entrepreneurship. Countries globally want more young entrepreneurs because they are the future of sustainable economic development. As you grow your business you will be making a contribution to the economy of your country. For example the National Women’s Business Council reports women in the United States started more than 1,140 businesses per day. Women owned businesses employ 8 million people, and bring in $1.4 trillion in annual revenues. Your company may be in the beginning stages or just a vision today.

No matter where you are in your entrepreneurial journey you will need support from accomplished women, mentors, and educators. The Girl’s CEO Connection will be one of these support systems whether your business is in the United States, Timbuktu, or the North Pole. Girl’s CEO Connection’s mission is to help you learn the skills, traits, and characteristics of accomplished women entrepreneurs. It is your time to build a brand and business while using your voice to help other girls globally. The more people see your commitment as a female entrepreneur the more others will hear your voice.  Mary Grace Henry, founder of Reverse the Course, uses her voice and business to educate girls in Kenya and Uganda. 

We’d love to hear how you want to make a difference with your business. Leave a comment and we’ll publish it in followup blogs.

Cheers until next time,

Sylvia

Co-author forthcoming book: Realizing a Vision, Your Toolkit for Success. Words of Wisdom for Young Female Entrepreneurs 
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February 3, 2016

Our Words of Wisdom to Help You Be Remembered in a Positive Light

Show Respect to Accomplished Women Entrepreneurs and Learn All You Can About People Interested in You

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The reason I am writing this post is to give you pointers to help you become successful now and beyond.

It’s always a surprise to me when young female entrepreneurs are ignorant of the skills and etiquette to make them successful. In some cases they may know better. In other cases they just don’t care or they think they know better than seasoned professionals. I am referring to well-educated young women between the ages of 18 and 27.

We are taught to research the people and companies we want to work for upon graduation from high school or college. The same is true with college interviews or meeting with an advisor or counselor. Imagine what the conversation would be like if someone has not research a prospective college or business before meeting with its representative?

Additionally we use to be taught to respect people with more experience, knowledge, or education. I cannot fathom why a 25-year-old would act like she knew more about business than someone with 40 years of experience. Working for the Women’s Leadership Exchange gave me the opportunity to meet highly accomplished women. There were entrepreneurs, business owners, corporate leaders, and government officials. There were entertainment and media moguls. Some of the most impressive women were in academia or national associations that shared their expertise on how women work. I loved meeting all of them and became friends with some of them. I learned so much from them. To be honest if I had not researched each of them, their businesses, and expertise it would have been impossible to have a conversation. It would have also been impossible to make a connection with them.

Recently I experienced an incident with a young woman who showed complete ignorance of business etiquette. She was probably 25 years old or a little older. I learned about her on a professional social networking platform. She had worked in the corporate and political worlds prior to starting her business. Everything I found on the Internet about her convinced me she would be a fine role model for high school girls. I also thought she would be excellent for a video interview and quite possibly a participant for our next Realizing a Vision conference. I wanted to learn more about her business. Most of all I wanted to learn more about her as an entrepreneur. We arranged a time to speak by phone.

Much to my surprise I learned she had not researched the Girl’s CEO Connection. There is plenty of information on the Internet. In fact some of the information has to do with my support of women entrepreneurs for many years. Her ignorance of business etiquette amazed me. By the end of the conversation I no longer considered her a role model nor wanted to have a video interview of her.

Our words of wisdom for you. 1.) Learn the skills and etiquette that contribute to the success of accomplished women entrepreneurs and business owners. 2.) Be curious and learn the background and expertise of people you want to meet or will be meeting. There is a lot to learn from seasoned entrepreneurs and experts. 3.) Most of all remember to treat them with respect. You will find many of them will want to help you move forward with your business. Others may want to become your mentor. You never know what will happen when you follow these words of wisdom.

Please feel free to contact me here or by email at sylvia@girlsceoconnection.com

Until next time have a great day,

Sylvia

 

Sylvia Scott, Founder, Girl’s CEO Connection™

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April 8, 2015

Young Female Entrepreneurs:Would Grace Thomas,the New American Girl Doll Inspire You to be a Teen Entrepreneur? 

     Recently I read an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal by Ruth Simon. “A Lesson in Entrepreneurship From a Doll” sparked my attention immediately. It was a surprise to learn American Girl has created the Grace Thomas doll, an aspiring entrepreneur. Grace has a passion for baking and at the age of nine appears to have all the makings of a successful baker. She also has a passion and vision to have her own bakery. Her grandparents have owned a bakery since she can remember. They love having a business and their enthusiasm has been an influence on Grace’s vision. Grace also has two friends who want to be her business partners.

Lesson in Leadership from a Doll (American Girl Mattel)     If you are not familiar with the American Girl merchandising concept a young female character is created. A doll is made to represent the character complete with several appropriate outfits and accessory toys. Each character has a personal story shared in books and a DVD movie. The Grace Thomas doll play set is a replica of a French bakery complete with baking accessories, stove, display cases with baked goods and much more.

     Some people including parents might not understand how a doll would influence young girls to become entrepreneurs. After all, most girls between the ages of 8 to 11 do not know the meaning of the word entrepreneur unless they watch Shark Tank in the United States or Dragon’s Den in Canada. However Grace Thomas is more than a doll with a play set to look like a bakery. Grace’s story comes to life through three related books and visually in two DVD movies. Girls will experience Grace’s passion for baking and to own a bakery. They will learn what motivates along with some of the challenges of opening and running a business. The girls will learn how commitment and persistence pay off. Grace and her friends also learn how to work as a team even after Grace’s two friends start a bakery when she is away for the summer. Now this is a brief overview of Grace’s story. I do not want spoil the entire story and conclusion for any of you who plan to read the books.

     One other example of a business where young girls might learn about becoming an entrepreneur was through the Beacon Street Girls. In 2002, Addie Swartz launched B*Tween Productions, the parent company for Beacon Street Girls. Addie’s mission was to help girls build self-esteem and self-confidence. She wanted to give tween girls, ages 9 to 12, a place to go and learn positive messaging and find healthy role models. Addie did this through an interactive web site, books, and fun products. The Beacon Street Girls were a diverse group of five very cool junior high girls who lived in the Boston area. Addie began publishing a series of 22 books about the Beacon Street Girls’ adventures. Each book had a theme with one of the girls as the main character. TImes UpTime’s Up is the story about the character Katani, an aspiring teen entrepreneur who wants to enter a contest sponsored by her favorite magazine T-Biz! In order to make the entry deadline she turns to her Beacon Street Girl friends. Another of her challenges is that one of her best friends committed to helping Katani’s main competitor. The book tells how the Beacon Street Girls work together to solve Katani’s challenges.

     One of the many subjects on the web site was for girls who wanted to be entrepreneurs. I was honored to be the guest entrepreneur to answer questions and encourage girls on their ideas. It was always fun to learn the types of businesses the girls wanted to start. The ideas ranged from dog walking to making jewelry. Many of the tween girls wanted to make and sell cookies and cupcakes for holidays and special occasion. I wrote a three-part series on the steps to start and run a cookie and cupcake business I was very disappointed when I no longer had the time to be the Beacon Street Girls’ guest entrepreneur for the web site.

     American Girl and Beacon Street Girls were created by two women entrepreneurs. Both women wanted to provide young girls and tweens age appropriate dolls, toys, and books available in stores. Pleasant Rowland, founder of the American Girl doll and book series had been an elementary school teacher, author of text books and the publisher of Children’s Magazine Guide. Addie Swartz, founder of Beacon Street Girls is still considered a serial entrepreneur. Addie began her first business at age 12 in her family’s kitchen. “Addie’s Apple Pies” were sold in three restaurants in her hometown. As an adult Addie had a successful career in the corporate world. She loved being an entrepreneur though. When Addie left the corporate world she founded BrightIdeas, an educational software company she ran from a spare bedroom. After Addie sold BrightIdeas she began B*Tween Productions for the Beacon Street Girls. Her current business is reacHIRE.

     We plan to highlight Pleasant Rowland and Addie Swartz in upcoming blog posts. In the meantime, what companies do you know that are encouraging young girls and tweens to become entrepreneurs? Do you know of any books or videos? We would love to learn about them. Aside from giving you a list as resources we might possibly include them in a blog posts. Please let us know.

 I almost forgot. What do you and your friends use for social media these days? Is it Instagram,Twitter, or Facebook? How much do you use YouTube? Do you watch Shark Tank if you are in the U.S.? Do you watch Dragon’s Den if you are in Canada? Would you watch a teen entrepreneur reality show like Shark Tank?

Cheers,

Sylvia

Co-author of the forthcoming book Realizing a Vision,The Toolkit for Success. Words of Wisdom for Young Female Entrepreneurs

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March 30, 2015

Is Fashion Your Passion? Do You Want To Be a Fashion Industry Entrepreneur?

     For those of you with a vision to become a young female entrepreneur with your own fashion design business, Independent Means Inc. (IMI) may have just the right summer program for you. Think about three days in New York City exploring the fashion district (also known as the garment district). June 25-27, 2015 (Thursday afternoon –Saturday morning). The program is called Fashion & Finance. You and your mentor will get to participate in learning sessions about the business of fashion including personal and business finance along with investing.

     Personally I would love to meet some of the fashion industry’s most interesting fashion entrepreneurs and stylists. Tours of designer studios should be one of the highlights of the three days. I can just imagine how cool it would be to have a studio tour with Tommy Hilfiger. Of course the studio tours will include some of American’s most innovative designers.

     I love the idea of lunch with fashion writers. One of my favorite journalist and fashion business expert is Teri Agins. I met Teri in New York City when I worked with young, progressive fashion designers. At the time Teri wrote on fashion as a business for The Wall Street Journal. I learned so much from her about the fashion industry and the best way to work with fashion editors, journalists, and reporters. She was and still is one of the most honest fashion experts you will meet. Teri is The Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) senior writer on fashion and retail. She has also written for magazines like Vogue and Essence. If you get a chance be sure to check out her weekly WSJ column “Ask Teri.” Teri is also the author of The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed Fashion Forever.

      Rather than telling you more about the Fashion & Finance summer program, go to http://www.independentmeans.com/fashion-finance.

      If anyone attends, be sure to let the Girl’s CEO Connection know about your experience. Perhaps you will want to write a blog post about what you learned and how it impacted your vision. Contact me at sylvia@girlsceoconnection and in the subject line put Fashion & Finance follow-up

     We look forward to hearing from you. 

     Sylvia Scott, Founder, Girl’s CEO Connection

 

 

December 7, 2014

Christmas and Hanukkah are right around the corner. Have you thought about what you would like to help make your business or future business a success? Here are a few ideas to give your family, friends, and all the other people who support you as a young entrepreneur.

For aspiring or emerging young female entrepreneurs 

Carol Topp CPA founder of Micro Business for Teens and host of the Dollars and Sense Show podcast has some creative gift ideas:

  • White board and dry erase markers for brainstorming your ideas
  • Books written by Carol on the blog Micro Businesses for Teens:http://microbusinessforteens.com/products/
    1. Starting a Micro Business
    2. Running a Micro Business
    3. Money and Taxes in a Micro Business
    4. Micro Business for Teens Workbook
    5. Carol’s book Teens and Taxes: http://teensandtaxes.com
  • Consultation with an accountant. To get started set up a session with Carol. You can contact Carol through her business website Carol Topp CPA http://caroltoppcpa.com/contact-us/

For young female entrepreneurs already in business 

Check out more of Carol’s gift ideas on the Micro Business for Teens website (http://microbusinessforteens.com/blog-2/).

We would like to suggest:

  • Subscriptions to Inc. and Entrepreneur magazines
  • A subscription to Evernote https://evernote.com
  • A motivational poster or framed desktop print from the motivational company Successories 
  • Hire a professional headshot photographer. One or two headshots are good to have ready when journalists and editors want to write a story on young entrepreneurs.
  • Two well-written bios prepared by a writer who knows how to highlight young entrepreneurs

 

Marketing gifts for emerging entrepreneurs and those already in business 

Carol suggestions include:

  • Logo design
  • Business cards, banners, brochures, posters, postcards, etc. VistaPrint.com is Carol’s favorite.
  • Website hosting and domain name

To expand on Carol’s list we would like to include:

  • Business card holders
  • Office supplies of all types from post it notes to printer paper and ink
  • A hardcover classic notebook to record ideas, contacts, and resources. Maybe a second notebook to use as a personal journal to record successes, steps used to overcome challenges,and fears that need to be faced.

Gifts ideas for young female entrepreneurs at any stage of business

  • A one-on-one conversation by video chat or in person with a favorite female entrepreneur. The video conversations we have on our Girl’s CEO Connection YouTube channel are through Skype because most of the teens and entrepreneurs had Skype.For one-on-one conversations that are not being recorded any of the other video chat systems would work. Just be sure the entrepreneur who agrees with the conversation is comfortable using the suggested system.
  • Sam Horn’s book, POP! Create the Perfect Pitch, Title, and Tagline for Anything. This is an excellent gift full of practical ideas to get you, your business, ideas, or just about anything to get the positive recognition deserved.
  • Nancy Duarte’s book, Resonate, Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences. There will be a time when a young entrepreneur needs to make a visual presentation to sell and excite an audience about her business. Resonate is more than a Power Point or Keynote slide show. It is a guide for a story-based message found to be the best way to get people excited about a business, especially for young entrepreneurs. Teenage girls already have the skills to tell stories. Resonate is a way for them to make their stories visible and relate them to their potential or current businesses.
  • Donna Dale Carnegie’s book, How to Win Friends and Influence People for Teen Girls. An entrepreneur at any stage of business needs friends to celebrate successes and give support when adversity comes along. Entrepreneurs want to cause a positive change through their businesses for their customers or causes.
  • Twyla Tharp’s book, The Creative Habit, Learn It and Use It for Life. Creativity is not just for artists, musicians, dancers, or performers. Creativity is for entrepreneurs who want to solve a problem or come up with a new way to make a difference. The Creative Habit is a guide on how daily routines and everything someone experiences feeds into their creativity to make it a habit.I read the book and learned so many tricks to open my mind to creative ways of thinking I had never considered. I also marked important ideas in it I can review even today.

If you have additional ideas on gifts for young female entrepreneurs please send them to us and we’ll add them into a new blog post. You can reach us at girlsceoconnect@icloud.com.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah everyone!

Sylvia Scott

Founder, Girl’s CEO Connection

Co-author of the forthcoming book Realizing a Vision,The Toolkit for Success. Words of Wisdom for Young Female Entrepreneurs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Latina Entrepreneur Nely Galan’s Advice to Future Female Entrepreneurs 

     Female entrepreneurs make the best role models for young girls interested in taking an idea and turning it into a viable enterprise. High school girls usually have a difficult time finding accomplished women entrepreneurs, of any age, to serve as a role model or mentors. These female entrepreneurs are definitely out there yet are not as self-promotional as their male peers.The Girl’s CEO Connection wants to see high school girls become more visible in their entrepreneurial journeys.

Ladies, it is time to meet some great women role models like Nely Galan.I doubt  she has ever had a challenge with self-promotion. Nely is one of the most accomplished and visible Latina entrepreneurs. She is the founder of The Adelante Movement and Galan Entertainment. Her favorite project is Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence and a favorite with Donald Trump when she appeared on the Celebrity Apprentice. Girl’s CEO Connection was privileged to have Nely as a keynote speaker for the first Realizing a Vision conference. Her dynamic personality added the story of her entrepreneur journey. When I watched Nely’s presentation from the conference I decided to share it with you.

Images for Hispanic magazine of Nely GalanCheck it out on our Role Model Entrepreneurs page. Learn how selling Avon products while in high school at a private girl’s school in New Jersey got her on the road of being an entrepreneur. What high school girl would not want to be an intern for Seventeen Magazine? Listen to Nely tell her story of how she got an internship with Seventeen Magazine for her senior year of high school. That is another reason I see her as one of the best role models for young female entrepreneurs.

 This leads to my next section on this blog post. The book I have been writing for months now is on the second draft. The topics of the chapters are always part of our Realizing a Vision conference.Today I want to share with you some tidbits from the chapter, Minding Yourself. How to keep emotions under control as well as how you can transform business and personal relationships by not making assumptions  I am going to share with you some tidbits of the chapter on the Realizing a Vision, The Book page.

      Right now I would like to thank the young women who served on our Young Women’s Advisory Council for their support of the book and taking the time to critique the chapters. Nashley Ruiz (University of San Francisco ’13), Alexander Hoang (University of California Berkeley ’17), Kelly Trinh (University of California Berkeley ’17), and Ana Rivas (Pasadena City College ’14).

      If you would like to provide some input on a For any high school girl or college woman who would like to help with reviewing some chapters please contact me at sylvia@girlsceoconnection.com. The girls who work on it will receive name recognition in the book as well as including a headshot. I am also adding it to social media sites.

Look forward to hearing from you,

Sylvia Scott, Founder

 

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Ana is an alum of the Girl’s CEO Connection Young Women Entrepreneurs advisory team. She’s got a growing photography business and we can’t wait to see where she goes with it.

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.

Cheers

Sylvia R.J. Scott

Founder & Managing Director

Girl’s CEO Connection™

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