As a woman business owner, I’ve found that empowerment comes to us in two ways:
1. Access to external sources of inspiration and knowledge
2. Self-respect and self-confidence
You can sit around and wait for someone to empower you, or you can take the bull by the horns and take action to empower yourself. I will always vote for the latter of the two because it gives you more control over your entrepreneurial destiny.
Although women own nearly 30 percent of U.S. small businesses (according to the Status of Women in the United States website), I find that many of us still struggle with accepting it’s OK to seek empowerment on our own. We often think of it as something that is handed to us. That doesn’t seem very empowering to me!
So, what can women entrepreneurs (and men, too) do to boost our level of empowerment and reach our personal and professional potential?