10 Reminders for the Women Entrepreneur
At Women@Austin we believe in bringing women together for candid and honest conversations. During our most recent Roundtable event, we invited a selection of thoughtful women in our community to lead dedicated discussions around the topics of dealing with rejection, unconscious bias, self-doubt, and the struggle of thinking bigger. The ideas that came out of those discussion are applicable across all levels of the entrepreneurial journey. We are continually wowed by the Women@Austin community and can't wait to implement some of these takeaways into our daily reminders.
Here are Women@Austin’s strategies for dealing with rejection, unconscious bias, self-doubt, and the struggle of thinking bigger:
Just because you have a negative thought, doesn't make it true.
Create an Advisory Board: Build a supportive community around you that encourages your growth mindset and holds you accountable.
Let go of control by delegating to others.
Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
Change your mindset about rejection - look at it as a learning experience and an opportunity to better understand your pitch/product/service/offering.
Role play so you are prepared to answer tough questions and handle rejection with grace.
When you receive a rejection, ask "Why?" in a number of ways so you can learn as much as possible.
Remember: We all carry around unconscious biases, try to manage your own.
Respond with "Why do you ask?" if someone presents a biased question to you (i.e. are you planning on having kids soon?"). This gives you a moment to process and shift the direction of the conversation. Plus, that person has to explain themselves and acknowledge his or her bias as a result.
Use the unconscious bias of a woman in business as an advantage. Example: If it is suggested that women can be emotional in business, change the narrative to be about why women are passionate about what they do.