To celebrate International Women’s Day and as part of a wider group blogging challenge, I am writing a series of posts around celebration and success. In a recent post I talked about Cheerleaders and empowering each other.
There has been a lot of negative coverage recently touching on the choices that women make (ie stay at home mums, working mums, employed, self-employed, working, not working) – and so it goes on.
These are just a few examples.
Same story, different day.
I thought it would be a perfect opportunity and a refreshing change to acknowledge and celebrate success.
You never have to look too far from home to find inspirational people.
I am talking about people who you often look at and marvel at the way they have put themselves out there and how they are taking the chance to do something amazing.
They have empowered themselves to take the bull by the horns to pursue something they love – their dream, or perhaps something that will benefit others.
We are particularly well served in our local area for such people.
These people may be friends, acquaintances or perhaps individuals that you have come across in the local community or through local social media sites.
Some people just catch your attention.
This could be through businesses they have set up, projects they have been involved in or through simply by being Cheerleaders for causes that are for the greater good of others.
These people are often going it alone.
When you work for yourself – it is just you. You don’t have the camaraderie of colleagues to turn to when the going gets tough. You don’t sit opposite someone to solve problems with or share ideas.
You are the boss and the team. You are the whole department.
As well as being the expert in your line of business, you also need to acquire a first class set of business skills in all discipline areas. The whole shebang and caboodle.
There are lots of people doing this very well locally.
There are a couple of people in particular that I would like to talk about over my next few posts.
Actually, this isn’t altogether true – there are many, but I have chosen these people (women on this occasion) because I have admired their sheer grit and determination to pursue their goals.
I want to share their stories and their inspiration because they deserve a great big cheer.
Not least for being experts in their fields.
We can all take inspiration from the success of others. There is also no greater way to learn.
You may well have been in their shoes.
When starting out on a new venture alone, there is a popular saying that you ‘set out your stall and no one comes’. In other words, you are really going to have to work for it.
We all experience times where we have to just keep going and going with no end in sight. We also learn what it is like to fail too. Cheerleaders are particularly welcome during these times.
It can often feel like the break will never come.
When it does, it’s generally when you least expect it.
In much the same way as any personal challenge or dream, the feeling of having achieved your goal can be quite beautiful – irrespective of its size.
It is very worthy of celebration.
This celebration is the thing we often forget.
I am really looking forward to sharing these stories over my forthcoming blogs.
It would also be lovely to hear your own success stories. Feel free to comment and share away.
Let’s get banging those drums!
I have chosen some pictures from the 2012 Olympic Games to accompany this post. These perfectly depict what I convey here.
Many of them are from the Olympic Parade that passed through the streets of London in September 2012 which we had the privilege to see.
They illustrate success and cheerleading rather well.
I hope you enjoy this and the posts that follow.
My first interview will be with the lovely Laura from E18 Yoga. Heather Waring and her walking experiences follows and then Alanna Flanders-Doherty will be telling us about her work as a Make-Up Artist
Thank you for reading.