Let’s conduct a totally unscientific, informal poll: What does the word “brave” mean to you? There are all sorts of levels of bravery. Here are some examples that come to mind: hosting a sleepover for your daughter and a dozen of her squealing girlfriends; a co-worker who remains steadfastly optimistic during bad health; your bestie quitting her job to travel the world. What about those small moments when you feel brave? Like when you chop off your long hair, go to a movie alone, tell an offbeat joke to a barista you just met. Today, let’s celebrate the acts of bravery we achieve and notice every day.
WOMEN IN NUMBERS: 58 Percent
I’ll admit, being brave isn’t easy. Some days, you just shoot for the bare minimum and, girl, that’s A-OK. When it comes to receiving what you’re worth, though, you’ve got to step up and ask for what you deserve. According to one of our favorite career-focused websites, Levo, 58 percent of women say they don’t feel prepared to negotiate job offers or ask for more pay because they’re concerned doing so will cost them their jobs. It takes a whole heck of a lot of gusto to walk in, sit down at that table and prove your value. But if you don’t do it, who will?
WOMAN TO WATCH: Margie Warrell, Author, Speaker and Women’s Advocate
Today’s Woman to Watch, Margie Warrell, has focused her career on helping women make tough decisions in their work and life while also teaching them resilience and bravery. As this coach, best-selling author, facilitator and speaker with a background in business and psychology says, everything worthwhile takes a risk, courage can be learned and, ladies, your toughest challenges can reveal your greatest strengths. All it takes to reach success is tapping into your bravery.
A quick glance at Margie’s impressive resume proves she definitely knows what she’s talking about. Her seemingly endless client list alone is striking. With clients like Microsoft and Facebook, Deloitte, the UN Foundation, Ernst & Young and, oh yeah, NASA, Margie helps guide workers toward a level of success they value. And she’s interviewed and worked with some pretty admirable names in the business world, including Richard Branson, hotelier Bill Marriott and even the former prime minister of Australia.
An Australian mastermind herself, Margie was appointed in 2015 to be that country’s first Ambassador for Women in Global Business. Since women spend the majority of our lives working, it makes sense that we’ve got to feel more empowered to take risks in order get what we want. And, ladies, Margie’s got our back, offering up an array of helpful tips and practical advice for how to get unstuck and on track to our biggest lives in her newest book, Make Your Mark: A Guidebook for the Brave Hearted. Margie shares how to tackle those vexing moments in life, like when we hold our tongues in fear of sharing our opinions, or when we’re simply playing it too safe.
If there’s one thing this adventurous spirit has discovered while visiting more than 70 countries, crossing the Sahara Desert, hiking the Inca Trail, swimming with piranhas in the Amazon and summiting Mount Kilimanjaro, it’s that action is the most powerful antidote to fear. So, take this advice from Margie, ladies: “Go on, be brave!”
QUITE THE QUOTE
Let’s close out today’s On The Dot with another inspiring quote from Margie Warrell:
“People play small for lots of reasons, but at the core of them all is fear. Playing small means playing safe, avoiding risk, failure, criticism and the list goes on. But just imagine how incredibly different the world would be if everyone committed to playing big, taking on audacious goals, trying to make a meaningful difference, being all they could possibly be.”
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.