It is impossible to do everything, every minute of the day, Isn’t it?
I’m wondering because that has forever been the blind expectation placed on women.
We fill the role of crisis manager, life coach, book keepers, urgent care, social coordinator, spouse, lover, partner or mate, all day, every day.
Just to name a few.
We move under the radar, at times in miraculous ways, and yet inexplicably when it comes to that dream job or a passion project, it’s unfortunate that too often we shy away thinking that we don’t have the skills.
Wow. Are you buying that?
I believe that women can do whatever they want to do.
Think about everything you do. You captain the ship (your household), (occasionally) bark orders, avoid danger, and protect people,. You manage money, plan events, keep the traffic moving, and, let me not forget ,you’re most likely holding down a job somewhere.
That doesn’t count?
Let’s keep going. You’ve also mastered the art of communication and inter-personal skills, conflict resolution, mediation, and when it all hits the fan…you are the picture of sublime poise and courage under fire.
You wave a magic wand and chaos turns into ripples on a lake. Or at least controlled mayhem.
Are you going to embrace your qualifications or remain coy, taking comfort in insecurity?
We need to talk, because every one of those skills screams of management competence. They are transferable into the workforce and without a doubt qualify you to open and run a small business.
No doubt about it
From my experience, running a small business is easier than managing a household while holding down a full or part-time job.
You are qualified for many more things than you give yourself credit for. In fact, even if only some of the descriptions above apply, you have still become an honest to goodness world class problem solver, which is an ability the world needs in a big way.
Time for an upgrade
And yet most women I talk with lament how they are living beneath their potential. In some cases well below what they truly have to offer.
So now it’s a question of whether you are ready to own those parenting, management and leadership skills you’ve worked hard to build to either upgrade your situation in the the workforce, or better yet, in my opinion, finding something you would enjoy and going into business for yourself.
I can tell you right now that you are qualified to run a party business like mine. I was a mother of 3 with no prior business experience, and I made it. Believe me, mom skills and your instincts for survival are more valuable than a degree in business much of the time.
If you are looking for a job, when you see a posting you are interested in bring out the list and see what skills line up with the role.
Let’s get going! Circle the Skills you resonate with.
Transferable Skills Checklist
- Time Management
- Communication and Interpersonal Skills
- Leadership and Management
- Inventory and Supplies (You know… like food, clothing, meds, that sort of thing)
- Cool Under Pressure
- Problem Solver
- Teaching and Supervising People
- Decision Making
- Social Media
- Event Planning
- Written Communication
- Vendor Management
- Positive Attitude
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