Too many of us grew up only seeing one kind of boss or leader in the media. The lack of representation for other groups reinforced harmful stereotypes and acted as a self-fulfilling prophesy, but would our opinion of what a leader looks like be different if the media did a better job at representing the true diversity of leadership in America?
Women and other under-represented groups tare Dani Lewisalready leading many great companies, organizations, & academic institutions; others are authoring best-sellers, building engaged audiences, leading movements and more.
We had the honor of connecting with many of the best and brightest female leaders from in and around the city and we asked them our question of the month: What is the best advice you have for someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds.
We encourage you to check out the female leaders we’ve highlighted below, follow them on social media if you find their work or story interesting and most importantly do your part to #fightstereotypes.
Gloria Rogers- Yoga Instructor & Reiki Practioner
Slow down. Breathe. Inhale. Exhale. One step at a time. Be present. Everything can change in a matter of one day.
Diana Nica – vlogger or YouTuber
My advice would be to trust yourself, trust God and pray for strength! Don’t get down on yourself if some days it feels like a struggle. Failing means you’re trying and any obstacles are opportunities to grow. Don’t be afraid to face the challenges life throws your way, they’re meant to make you stronger and bring the best in you. I am 36 years old and I’ve been through some rough times in my life, but all these brought me where I am today, they made the person I am today and I am grateful for each and every one! And most importantly, have faith!
Regina Aridi – Arizona Realtor & Empowering American Ninja Warrior
At the age of 4, I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. What started with joint pains that were diagnosed as growing pains, shortly became paralysis from the neck down. Doctors gave a 2% chance of walking again – talk about insurmountable. My parents were divorced at the age of 2, so when this happened, my mother was doing it all on her own as a 23 year old who had only come from Lebanon 5 years prior. She put me on a stretcher and took me back to Lebanon to be treated by her sister. Through a homeopathic and holistic approach, I was walking again within 6 months. Since then, I’ve lived in Lebanon for a total of 10 years on and off and experienced more than most. Including surviving wars, being in a different school or country almost every year, marriage at 17 and divorced by 19, and having reached 29 years old with the experience of living under 55 different roofs – not always by choice. I share this very brief part of my story to say that there is no challenge that’s insurmountable. We create a story about what happened to us in life and keep living through that story. Sometimes, things just happen and we add meaning to it and play the story on repeat. It can be paralyzing! Every second that passes is an opportunity to create what you want for your life. Everything is temporary (the highs and the lows!) – even if you can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, keep putting one foot in front of the other and it will appear. Trust, love, and appreciate yourself because you have more power than you think. If you feel like you are not living in line with your values or what you know you’re capable of, have the courage to step out and try something different! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! I could keep going on this topic… but I’ll put an end to it here!
Janiése JDiva- Braider & Natural Hairstylist
Honestly, the best advice from my own experience is to seek Jesus. Too great to be overcome is the definition of insurmountable, yet Luke 1:37 says “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” I live and stand by this.
Mallory Soule – Private Chef
We are often overwhelmed by this vision we have for perfection. My advice is to manage your own expectations. Having realistic expectations will allow you to face the challenge, one step at a time, and enjoy the journey.
Elizabeth Montgomery Journalist
Never be afraid to be unstoppable. The challenges you face in life only make you stronger. Give yourself a moment to feel sad or angry but remember you are destined for something great and you cannot be stopped.
Eileen Talebi, REALTOR®
My advice for approaching something that appears to be insurmountable 1) slow down – don’t jump to conclusions 2) break it down into baby steps and prioritize those steps 3) stop & reevaluate along the way – it helps to look at things from a fresh perspective and adjust your approach 4) most importantly – don’t be too hard on yourself, don’t take anything personally & reward yourself for small victories along the way.
Natalie Arvizu – Twitch Streamer & Influencer
My advice for someone who is a facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is that everything happens for a reason, so don’t feel discouraged. Create a goal, picture your end result, and stick to it. It’s easier said than done, but if you want something bad enough, nothing should get in your way.
Lauren Furrier- Local Residential Realtor
Going through challenges and hardships make us the caring, empathetic, relatable, kind humans that we are meant to be. EMBRACE the bumps in the road, and just know you are becoming a better version of you.
Sarah Atkinson – Mortgage Professional
Mindset is everything. If you believe you can get through a challenge, that’s half the battle! Start with making a list of everything you need to do to accomplish the challenge you are facing. Break it down, set goals, and start knocking it out. The Universe will align with you and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish!
I would say my advice to anyone facing an challenge they feel they won’t over come is to think this: never get to low on your lows and never get to high on your highs. One thing being an entrepreneur has taught me is that nothing is permeant. When your at your lowest trust if you keep working and doing the necessary steps toward success it will eventually shows up its a law! Just like gravity what goes up must come down. Success is bond to happen! When your down LOOK UP! The future looks bright! 🙂
Priscilla Casper- Anchor and Reporter
Don’t give up! Always believe in yourself and be patient. When something stresses me out and I start to doubt myself, I remind myself that these moments are preparing me for what is to come. The most challenging times, teach you the best lessons. During these challenging times… don’t say “Why me” say “Try me!”
Rhonda Ferrell, REALTOR®, MCNE®, CMRS
You will face challenges throughout life, some will be bigger than others but in the end, each challenge you face helps you become a stronger person. And no matter what, never give up and remind yourself every day, you are not alone!
Debbie Roberts – Coldwell Banker Banker, Residential Brokerage Specializing in Mid Century and Historic Properties
We don’t have to be defined by the things we did or didn’t do in our past….use it to strengthen your drive to succeed in the future.
Arizona Rose Cosplayer, Streamer, and Model
And the best advice I have would be is to take a moment to ground yourself. Sometimes things are overwhelming or seem impossible but if you step back from it and distance yourself. You can find a solution that wasn’t as apparent when you were in the middle of it.
Laura Pich – Restaurant Owner & GM, Entrepreneur, Tennis Champion, Game of Thrones Enthusiast
My best advice would be to start by genuinely letting yourself be vulnerable to what I think is the most significant part of the question… feel. It may sound silly, but letting yourself experience the feelings for what they are whether good or bad (frustrated, afraid, lost, alone, excited, enthusiastic, etc) is the start of making a seemingly insurmountable challenge seem less… impossible. It will allow you to think with a clear mind rather than to just simply react. Then when you’ve made a decision on your approach and have followed through with it, always be willing to accept your mistakes and move on. I’ve faced my share of challenges as an entrepreneur/business owner that have put me in positions that were either new to me and I had no idea what to do or seemed as if it were something I couldn’t possibly overcome. I’ve certainly made plenty of mistakes along the way but owning it, learning from it and moving on is the only way to get ready for the next challenge 😉
Chelsea Daniels – Color & NBR Extension Hair Artist
I would tell someone these are the moments you choose happiness. I would encourage them to never give up, no matter what the circumstances are. To find something greater and more beautiful in life, a higher power of whatever you choose to enrich your soul. Something that empowers you to keep going and challenges you to embrace these moments because they are shaping you into who you are becoming. Still, through it all we always have to remember to CHOOSE happiness.
Jessica Danielle – Hairstylist , Makeup Artist & Co-Founder of Social Citizen Haircare
Let go and let God. Sometimes in the midst of the storm we don’t have all of the answers but we hold on tight, pray and keep moving forward. And often times we look back and say, “Wow, that sucked but man I grew so much from that.” Recently I had a revelation. I am not in control, He is. Do you know how freeing that is!
Shellie White Snow- wife, mother, grandmother and Owner/Designer of Amor Decor and More
After surviving a plane crash and now living with Leukemia, I’ve learned you can’t avoid what life dishes out. It is what it is. But I have found when I look for the good, it’s always there!