They say money can’t buy happiness, and I tend to agree. However, there’s definitely one way it does, in addition to, you know, fulfilling our needs for food, shelter and so forth. When we spend money on time-saving services or goods, we often find more satisfaction than, say, when we drop some bucks on a new handbag. So, what’s that one task you absolutely abhor? What is the chore you’d likely physically avert your eyes from so as to completely avoid it as long as possible? Is it tackling that pile of week-old dirty dishes? Standing in line at the post office? Today, instead of yet again avoiding your least-favorite undertaking, count your pennies and consider hiring someone else to complete the task. I’ll bet you’ll feel a lot less stressed.
WOMEN IN NUMBERS: 63 Years
If you’re a busy boss lady whose juggling some serious work hours with family life and that oh so rare free time, paying someone else to scrub your tub is sure to be a lifesaver. And my guess is plenty of working women these days already take advantage of such helpful services so they can focus on the areas they shine in, like their careers, especially considering women are breaking more glass ceilings in business than ever before. In fact, there are currently 32 female CEOs on the Fortune 500 list, meaning more than 6 percent of the country’s biggest companies by revenue are ruled by women—the highest percentage in the Fortune 500’s 63-year history. Now that’s what I call good business!
WOMAN TO WATCH: Becky Blalock, Consultant, Speaker, Author, Thought Leader
One trailblazing woman who knows all about operating at a high level is Becky Blalock, managing partner at energy- and IT-focused strategic-consulting firm Advisory Capital, the former chief information officer of utility holding organization Southern Company and, perhaps most impressively, a consultant, sought-after speaker and best-selling author who is daring women to find the courage to take risks and succeed in positions of leadership. Yep, she’s an uncompromising glass-ceiling shatterer who’s dedicated to helping other women reach similar heights.
Becky is revered as a mentor and for her ability to unapologetically communicate directly. And some other big-time businesswomen have referred to her as “the real deal” and a “gem of a speaker.” In her book, Dare: Straight Talk on Confidence, Courage, and Career for Women in Charge, Becky includes interviews with lots of inspiring and successful women, from the CFO of Home Depot to the CIO of IBM. A veteran Fortune 500 exec herself, Becky reveals the best ways for enterprising women to reach and succeed in top leadership positions. Ladies, it doesn’t matter whether you’re already holding down a corner office or working the front desk, you can learn a thing or two from this seasoned game changer.
During her more than three decades ruling the corporate world, Becky learned and embraced a lot of lessons on self-confidence. Like public speaking or leadership, confidence, she says, is a learned skill, one that can be honed by pushing ourselves outside our comfort zones every day, trying new things and taking risks.
Perhaps the most important lesson Becky shares for aspiring women is to reframe your perspective. Don’t consider your job with a “just” before it. It’s not just a job. Instead, view your career as an adventure and go forth with confidence. It might be the factor that propels you into the C-suite. As Becky would say, I dare you!
QUITE THE QUOTE
Let’s close with a quote mentioned in Becky Blalock’s book from painter Francesca Reigler:
“Happiness is not a string of miscellaneous adventures or experiences, but an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”
This is Melinda Garvey signing off until next time. Remember, ladies, empowered women empower other women. Share On the Dot so more women can have a voice. Thanks for getting ready with us.