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Unveil your ideas, be ready to act on them.

I don’t normally buy into fortune cookies or any of that jazz, but last week I received a fortune that I now count as one of my life motto’s.  (True story: the fortune is tucked on the dash in my car, and has been for weeks). The fortune read, “Unveil your ideas, be ready to act on them.” Really it is more like advice than a fortune, and maybe that’s why it stuck with me. I think that life, career, ambition, and achievement are very centered around the idea of finding simple phrases and ideas such as this and letting them drive you towards you next goal, your next benchmark, and the inspiration that they provide move you forward. In the past couple weeks this phrase has been at the back of my mind as a motivator for me. Rather than keeping my ideas to myself, or simply keeping them scribbled in my massive and overly highlighted notebook — share them, speak up, UNVEIL them. But once you do this, be prepared, (never too prepared) have actions in mind, know the next steps ahead of time — and use your ideas to spur MOVEMENT in your company, in your brand, in your career, in your life.

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Where are the young women?

I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to that fact that I am in the work force, I’ve got a social web presence that I am working on strengthening, I feel motivated to continue building my skill set, experiences, and opportunities, and… I am a woman.  I am often talking to my roommate about the fact that we’ve recently lost a handful of friends to marriage at the ripe age of 22/23 and how frankly, that scares us to death.  How could you possibly be ready to settle that early in life? (Now, with all do respect, to each his own, etc, I’m not judging young marriages at all!) That being said, I have seen some young brides sit around at home, trying to figure out what they do with their lives and what they feel passionate about.  Maybe if they felt the pressure of a paycheck and things would be moving a little faster for them…I’m just saying.

I have made some great connections via twitter and other social web outlets and I’ve gotten great advice and encouragement through these connections. (Especially through the lay off and job search phase I just came out of.)  However, sometimes I feel frustrated that they aren’t more young women out there who are fearful, ambitious, and worried about the same things.  Granted, there are a large number of successful women , it’s my age group that I am often frustrated with.  I am blessed to have a handful of great (girl)friends who are in great jobs,  law school, etc and who all performing well.  They are powerful and successful young women – but why does it feel we are outnumbered?

Maybe these are simply the rantings of a someone who has consistently been the youngest in the office, and is about to start work as part of a team of older males.  Either way, I’m learning to fight the self doubt that says, I’m just a young female in this office…  and turn those into positive thoughts that assure me I have more insight and more energy and will be better because of it!!

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