Set Your Priorities Now Or Give Your Power Away

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When I was working as a sales manager in a small IT company back in Ukraine, my boss was often checking on our team’s productivity. When he’s found that a person was doing something else than working, he used to say (it’s difficult to translate from Russian, but something like): Continue reading Set Your Priorities Now Or Give Your Power Away

It’s Never Too Late To Become An Entrepreneur

Tell me frankly, are you overwhelmed by these young lucky bastards like Mark Zuckerberg who are earning millions having hardly finished a university? Have you ever thought it’s too late for you to start your own business or to work like insane in order to become rich some time in the future?

I have, and it drives me crazy that I am already 30, successfully finished the university, worked for 8 years in a row, have no kids and still haven’t become a rich chick. I am a type of a person who is always in a rush to conquer new peaks, but I seldom realize that I just might not be ready for that. It takes time.  Continue reading It’s Never Too Late To Become An Entrepreneur

Men Are Discriminated

Today I’ve woken up with the thought – men in business are discriminated. There is an enormous buzz around female entrepreneurs, female founders, women empowerment, etc., but do we balance it with a similar buzz around men? No. Maybe I am mistaken. Correct me if I am wrong – do you know of any men-only organization around business? I know at least a dozen business and startup women organizations and communities. I’ve even created one as a Facebook group and didn’t let a single man join it.  Continue reading Men Are Discriminated

Fake It Until You Make It – Why This Approach Produces Miracles

Have you ever heard of this phrase? Fake it until you make it.

People, especially us women, often get moments of a low self-confidence. Our hormones live their own life, doing whatever they want with our mood. But that’s us who’s got the brain, so we can fool them, right?

Let me share one trick I personally use to fool my hormones, complemented with a great method I learnt from Amy Cuddy, a TED speaker.

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That’s me, faking painting until I make it

A little true story first.

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How To Say NO To New Ideas Now

This March I have created a yearly plan for the first time of my life. I felt tremendous energy and excitement, because I’ve finally realized and shaped my goals and they became more tangible. Finally I could envision them!

However, as it often happens, once you choose your path, the Universe starts tempting you to leave it by sending you other offers. Every now and then you are getting offered Eve’s apples which seem to look far more attractive than your own kiwis or whatever you have there on your chosen path. You immediately become covered with a fog of a new idea and nothing seems more perspective and shiny as this new opportunity! This is *huge*! – that’s all you can think about at that moment.

Does that sound familiar to you?

I’ll tell you – I experience it all the time! If you are an easy starter, this may become quite a challenge! By the way, there is a scientific background behind this one called a “fear of missing out”. In a nutshell, it’s the fear that we have made the wrong decision on how to spend our time, as “you can imagine how things could be different”.

So, how do I personally fight a temptation?

My recipe of saying no to new distracting ideas:

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How To Kick Off The Self-Doubt Feeling When You Are Starting From Scratch

How To Overcome Self-Doubt Feeling

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Have you ever experienced waves of self-doubt when you’ve just stepped on a new path?  When you question yourself – is it really what I am supposed to be doing? What if I fail and the time I spend on it, the most precious resource I have, will be lost?

Surprisingly, this feeling often strikes highly educated and knowledgeable people, because here all your education and intelligence can work against you. I’ve studied economics for 6 years at a university and have been working as a project manager for over 5 years now, and it has become a rule for me to evaluate each and every option before I take it.

That’s one thing if you know the formula and you know the acceptance criteria to validate your calculations against. But the catch is, and it’s important to realize it, that when you are starting a new business or a startup, you never know what the end result will be. Continue reading How To Kick Off The Self-Doubt Feeling When You Are Starting From Scratch