What Women In Business Can Learn From Malala Yousafzai
She's written a book. She's been on talk shows. Honored by Harvard University for humanitarian of the year for her bravery in speaking out for the rights of girls to go to school and get an education in her native Pakistan and around the world, and oh yea, did I fail to mention that 16 year old Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban and nearly died from her wounds for critizing the radical grioup for refusing to allow girls an education?
As women and entrepreneurs, we have faced and will continue to face trying times of setbacks, challenges and for lack of a better word- ‘hardships' in our efforts to stay afloat and make a sustainable profit from our businesses for the betterment of ourselves and our families. It's hard out here in this economically crippled America where women in business are competiting for clients, alongside their foward thinking counterparts. When we're constantly being bombarded with daunting statistics of loss from economic decline and Government shutdowns, we become stressed at the possibility of not being producctive and thus, lose our focus.
Even when faced with death from the Taliban, a young girl did not give up. She asked for her books on her recovery bed in the hospital, even as a nation praised her courage. When she did recover, she continued to speak out with conviction and and determination that she will continue her mission for all girls to get an education. The world was disappointed and critical of the omission when Malala did not receive the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, but,, the young girl was gracious and had her organization tweet a congratulatory message to The Organization for The Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) a watchdog group that oversees elinination of chemical weapons in Syria.
Entrepreneurs when you lose a client or fail in closing the deal or even face opposition in your purpose, be gracious in defeat, but, never consider quitting. Carry out your authentic purpose. Make your voice heard. Define your target audience and give them the best tried and trusted tools that can help them become the person they've always known they could be.
Malala Yousafzai is a young girl who symbolizes: bravery, purpose, passion, tenacity, perserverence, faith and a will to never give up. She teachs what it means to be courageous under fire.
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