Real Jobs for Enterprising Moms
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When you work for someone else, there is very little of your emotional energy invested.
You show up, you perform your tasks for the day, then you go home.
Work stays at work. Time off is simply your time to do as you please.
Entrepreneurs have a different reality. Your work is an extension of yourself.
An Entrepreneur’s Burden
It’s your story to tell.
It’s your vision to carry.
It’s your team to manage.
It’s your audience to delight.
It’s your reputation to protect.
It’s your resources to conserve.
It’s your empire to grow.
Add marriage and family to the mix and it’s easy to see how an enterprising mama would feel the occasional moments of overwhelm.
From Bread Baker to Bread Maker
Is Your Self-Talk Setting You Back?
Does this sound like you?
“They’re just being nice. There’s no way I’m good enough!”
“Why did I ever think I could do this? They’re right — I AM nuts!”
“I’ve been lucky up to this point, but I have no idea what I’m doing. I’m in over my head.”
“How am I pulling this off? I feel like such a fraud. It’s just a matter of time before they realize it.”
“Who do I think I am, anyway? I’m just a mom with a high school diploma. What do I know about success?”
That voice inside your head that is constantly daring you to doubt yourself is one of the signs you’re dealing with imposter syndrome. It’s a phenomenon that is especially common among women who strive to achieve great things, even if they’re considered successful and have accomplished many things over the course of decades.
Like many ambitious women, I struggle with imposter syndrome. I’ve dealt with my own inner critic and plenty of external critics, too.
I also manage a little disorder called Anxiety.
I’m blessed to have a very supportive and loving husband who keeps me going when overwhelm begins to creep in.
I’ve also got two of the cutest babies in the world who remind me of why I began this crazy entrepreneurship journey in the first place.
Still, there are times when I need a little more than the adoration and affection of my family to keep me going. That’s when I turn to my handy list of motivational talks.
Programming Your Inner Critic with Positive Talk from Those Who’ve Been There
I love, love, LOVE (did I say love?) podcasts, radio shows, and expert talks.
With my busy schedule, consuming media that requires me to sit still and keep my eyes on a screen just won’t cut it for me.
If I can throw on some headphones or set up my tablet, press play, and keep it moving while I’m learning (such as when it’s time to cook or fold laundry), then I’m all in!
Here’s a list of my current favorite talks that get me through when this mompreneurial life seems like too much to bear.
From Bread Baker to Bread Maker
11 Motivational Talks That Will give you hope (When You’re Ready to Throw In the Towel)
Mellody Hobson is a phenomenal woman. She’s the president of Ariel Investments, an incredible speaker, and a dedicated wife and mother. In this short talk, she shares the moment that freed her from the fear of failure.
If this is your first time hearing the name Brené Brown, be sure to take note: you’ll want to hear more of what she has to say. In this talk delivered at the 99 conference, she explains how to handle the criticism of others and your own self-doubt without shutting off. As an entrepreneur, it IS frightening to share your ideas with others, but you can learn to push through that fear and be successful.
Stress and anxiety are effective creativity killers. In this podcast episode, Sonia Simone of Copyblogger discusses how to overcome when you’re feeling like garbage so you can rediscover your productive energy.
Rosetta Thurman teaches how to shrug off your negative self-talk and give yourself permission to do the things you want to do. This is a great talk that unpacks the reasons women tend to deny themselves happiness and how you can choose the mindset you need to do better for yourself.
If I could, this entire list would be Nikki Elledge Brown podcast episodes. Whenever I listen to Nikki, I feel like I’m listening to my best friend give me a pep talk. This episode is important because it’s a reminder that you have something worth saying, even if it’s been said before.
In this powerful TED talk, the hilarious Luvvie Ajayi discusses the importance of being a domino in order to make an impact on the world around us. She shares how her own journey of stepping out of her comfort zone led to some of her most incredible creative work to date.
Nicole Walters is another entrepreneur whose energy and zest for life is downright contagious. In this talk, she shares how to develop the Richfriend Mindset that gave her the courage to quit her 6 figure corporate job while her husband was critically ill and build her own business so she could live a life that gave her the freedom to be present with her family on her terms.
Marie Forleo tackles “the fear of not being good enough” head-on in this enlightening episode of her hit motivational show MarieTV. Learn how to stop self-sabotage with an unexpected technique.
The best way to overcome stress is to plan ahead. Learn how to apply Amy Porterfield’s “Triple S” solutions the next time you’re experiencing overwhelm.
Do you feel like you’ll always be on the outside looking in? Discover how to engage in life by taking advantage of opportunities instead of letting them pass you by.
Learn how this simple 5 second rule changed Mel Robbins’s perspective and her life during a time when everything was crumbling around her. I love listening to this talk because it reminds me of a similar method my mom would use to motivate us kiddos to wake up in the morning. Who would’ve known my mom was onto something so effective?
Pick one or two of these talks to listen to, then let me know your thoughts about them in the comments!