Boss Lady

Success advice from the world’s leading women


In earlier days, a woman’s job was confined to the kitchen and taking care of the family. The move of women from a kitchen to leaders has been full of struggle.

For instance, when my father started working, there used to be only a handful of women in a company of 1,000 males. In the 90’s, the statistics changed and the ratio of male workers to working women became 70 to 30.

Women like Madam C.J. Walker, Elizabeth Arden, Coco Chanel took command and introduced new ideas to the world. These enthusiastic women encouraged and inspired other women to follow their dreams and work for what they believe in.

Stories about these successful women entrepreneurs are a huge source of inspiration to women around the globe, aiming to break the glass ceiling.

1. Know your strengths and be persistent

Cher Wang is a leading and well-known name in the list of successful women entrepreneurs. Coming from a business family of thriving tycoons, Wang knew about her strong points. Probably, the business tactics and terms did not make sense to her during childhood, but as she grew up, the business environment shaped her skill set. She was aware of her potency, and her willpower kept her going. The hard work and perseverance she put in in creating the renowned brand HTC speak volumes about her efforts.

“If you know your strengths, no matter how difficult things are, everything just becomes a process.”

2. Take your failures positively

The journey of Kathryn Minshew, co-founder of The Muse is a story about starting from the scratch after failing miserably and bouncing back fervently.

Minshew started the company PYP Media, her first project with other three co-founders. One morning when she tried to log in the PYP Media account, it didn’t work. Her partners had ditched her. She had invested all her saving and time building the PYP site and it all fell apart in a moment. She could have sued the other founders. Instead, she partnered with Alex (another Muse-co-founder), started over and made it to the top. Today her company is one of the top-most in the world and she has set a benchmark for many aspirants to follow.

“Failures are a part of life. If you don’t fail, you don’t learn. If you don’t learn, you don’t change.”

3. Maintain your calm

Giving up a career and regular paycheck to start up your own company takes a lot of courage. The results and efforts might not reflect as soon as you start the business. Rushing into hasty decisions may lead you nowhere. You should let your ideas develop. Again, it requires lots of patience, but that’s what it takes to build empires.

“Just because something isn’t working for you right now, doesn’t mean it will never work.”

4. Stay updated

There were days when women used to lag behind in the field of technology. But now the scenarios have changed. The willpower to learn new things and to gain knowledge makes all the difference. Ishita Anand, founder and CEO of BitGiving, is another leading example of winning entrepreneurs who came up with the idea of creating online client base to raise funds for new entrepreneurs. Her rationalized knowledge on the subject made her reach the crest of flourishing young women entrepreneurs.

“Modernization distinguishes between a leader and follower.”

5. Never say stop

J.K. Rowling, the writer of the famous novel series Harry Potter, was once an unemployed single mother. Her manuscript was rejected by twelve publishers, three of which includes Penguin, Transworld, and HarperCollins but she still went on for the thirteenth time. The first book was sold for $4,000. Now, she is one the best-selling novelists. Rowling could have just stopped and enjoyed the royalty amount as her book was a success, but she kept on working on new projects to hit the mark.

“Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

6. Stand out from the rest

Our generation is full of people who have creative ideas and are well-versed with the fact that if one wants to survive, one needs to be authentic and creative. Vandana Luthra, the entrepreneur and the founder of VLCC Health Care Ltd., came with the idea of beauty wellness clinic when no one even thought of it in the whole country. Now, it is a known and reliable brand regarding beauty and skin care.

“Everyone has creativity in them. It’s just a matter of unlocking that creativity.”

To survive in this competitive world is difficult for women entrepreneurs and to compete with men is another challenge, but to knock off the competition and being determined to achieve your dreams will help you excel.

Take rejection as a part of the journey, be resilient, stay optimistic and enjoy the ride — it has a lot to offer!

About Sahiba Sadana

Sahiba Sadana is an academic writer at Sharda University. She has acquired a Masters in English language. Twitter Profile -

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