Constantly defending and justifying your dreams and desires is not only exhausting, but also counterproductive and unhealthy. Take the time to actively seek out like-minded people who will acknowledge, affirm and celebrate your audacious goals.
Sure, it is often more comfortable to mingle with friends -- with the people we know. But that won't necessarily make you successful. Instead, when you walk into a room, be bold. Target the people who have influence.
Bringing your best self to work means you have to invest in yourself, be mindful of how you spend your time and, most of all, have fun!
Having choices is supposed to be a good thing, but when you are a woman, one choice in life sucks. The choice that I am referring to is the one regarding embracing either your feminine side or your intellectual side based on the career you enter.
I know tons of women who have grand ambitions for their lives. Big, ambitious dreams -- they just don't happen to involve a corner office or a Fortune 500 company.
So many of us are taught from a young age that we need to figure it all out on our own. We have this entirely misguided sense that if we need support or guidance from others, it must mean that we have failed.
The fundamental problem is that your passion/purpose is not OUT THERE. You aren't going to find it by looking externally, but this is the first thing that everyone does.
How much money have you saved the department? What processes have you streamlined? How many people do you manage and train? When you're at the meeting, show, don't tell.
Picture two co-workers: While one is slightly timid about voicing opinions in meetings and spearheading projects, the other is clearly more ambitious, openly striving for a seat in the corner office someday. Who's the man, and who's the woman?