10 Rules for Brilliant Women …and Men

Tara Sophia Mohr’s 10 Rules for Brilliant Women ( via @tarasophia )

  1. Make a pact — Promise yourself to be “in it” for the long haul, as your own supportive best friend every step of the way.
  2. Imagine it – Envision your dream; that’s the beginning of having it.
  3. Gasp – Start doing things that make you gasp for breath! Get your adrenalin flowing and learn how conquerable your fears really are.
  4. Get a thick skin – If you take risks, sometimes you’ll get a standing ovation, sometimes people will throw tomatoes. Get used to wins and losses. Work on letting go and needing to be liked — needing to be known universally as a nice person.
  5. Be an arrogant idiot – “No, please. I know you won’t” says Mohr, “because you never could, but you can afford to move more in that direction.”
  6. Question the voice that says, “I’m not ready yet.”  Your idea might not be “perfect” yet, but jump in the sandbox now and find out just how ready you are.
  7. Don’t wait for your Oscar – Don’t wait to be praised, anointed or validated. Don’t wait for someone to give you permission to lead. No one is going to discover you. Well, paradoxically, they will, but only when you take the lead. Share your voice and do things that scare you.
  8. Filter advice — Most brilliant women are humble and open to guidance. Interpret feedback carefully. Test advice and evaluate the results, rather than following it wholly.
  9. Recover and restore – You’re going to be stretching out of your comfort zone, so regularly do things that make you feel safe, cozy and restored. When your tank runs low, stop, recover, restore.
  10. Let other women know they’re brilliant – Call them into greater leadership and action. Watch out for that subtle thought: “Just because I had to struggle and suffer on my way up, they should have to, too”.

       Clear a path by walking it, boldly.

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