Do you want to be the next Emma Watson or Michelle Obama? Read on. These women are strong, empowering, and confident, characteristics a lot of us want to have. Before I list some advice for how to embody these, remember: you are capable of achieving everything you have ever dreamed or desired. That does not mean everything is always going to work out for you; rather, it means that you are strong and able to keep pushing. In fact, sometimes it’s better if you end up facing adversity. No matter your how you look, what characteristics you identify with, or even previous failures, if you have a dream, you need to have the mindset that nothing will bar you from reaching your goal. Let’s begin.
- Get organized! Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsi Co, wakes up every morning at 4 am. Now, if you think getting up that early is going to help you achieve your goals, great – do it! But I am citing that not to inspire you to see the sun rise every morning, but to show you the importance of discipline. Discover or create a cause you find important and work to make it a reality. Organize your time wisely, create a schedule, and then don’t hesitate to put it into action! Make sure you retain a good combination of what work you need to have done as well as some “you” time to preserve your mental energy. When you are able to follow a schedule, you’ll have an amazing sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.
- Find your passion! Being an activist means you must be extremely passionate about the cause you are working for. There are so many problems that need solutions, so try out new things and experiment with your creativity! Learn about women in politics, women in engineering, or gender equality. Soon enough, you will find something you love. Being passionate will encourage you to push on. Once you have found it, excel. Excel like nobody has ever before and give it all you’ve got. Women’s rights activist and actress Emma Watson says her speech in the UN as an activist was scary, but soon enough she found “[a] sisterhood; a brotherhood—whatever, however you want to describe it—I found my tribe.” You will find your place too.
- Don’t stop trying! “Turn your wounds into wisdom,” Oprah Winfrey once said. After facing any kind of setback, it is hard to get back up. But the power and strength that develop as a result of failures make us who we are. JK Rowling, successful author and human rights activist, faced 12 rejections when trying to publish her Harry Potter series. Now, her books are among the most recognized novels in the world, which proves that how important it is to persevere.
- Keep your eyes on the target! For inspiration write down some characteristics of women you admire that you want to have and work to follow them everyday. Take every opportunity to improve whether it be a new year, a new month, or even a new day.
There you have it! Four small, simple ways to become a powerful woman. On Forbes’ 2017 top 10 most powerful people, only 1 out of 10 of the people listed is a woman. But women can achieve just as much as men, so be the one to change that ratio. Be confident and strong in everything you do. If you remember that you are powerful, everything you do will be powerful as well. Good luck, and keeping on running the world, ladies.
- Aparajita Rana