Look Beyond the Label and Create Your Own Success

How Women Need to Break the Constraints of the Workforce

By: Veronica Pistek

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There is so much talk about “following your passion,” but what if your passion cannot immediately lead to a viable career, or what if you don’t know how to find the job that equates to something you feel deeply in your soul?

Well, sometimes, you have to follow your intuition and be ready to go with the flow.

Maureen Chaquet, author of “Beyond the Label”, and former global Chief Executive of Chanel, helped me realize that one small thing that you love can change your entire path in life.

For instance, if you possess a profound love for speaking a foreign language, but you don’t know how to lead that into a career, you might consider ditching this passion to go down a route that may not be your first desired.

Why settle for a job behind a desk, where every shift is spent counting down the hours and praying for the weekend to finally come?

I get it, it’s inevitable to feel that we all must strive for money, to have a “comfortable”, “normal”, and “easy” life.

That’s how most people are raised—we work to be able to one day provide for a family and also have valuable time to spend with our family.

Unfortunately, this allows for so many young adults to just settle.

Maybe it’s your artistic impulse that makes you lose sleep at night, or scientific discoveries that drive you to look at the world with inquiry.

Whatever your “passion” is, do not let the goal of money or comfortability drown out your voice.

It is as Maureen Chaquet says, “why should we have to separate art from business, our feelings from logic, intuition from judgement?”

Ultimately, we should strive for wholeness with everything that we do, even if that means embracing paradox in all aspects of our life.

Whether or not our future becomes a nonlinear road-map of stumbling moments, we can surely expect to immerse ourselves in a fresh identity, natural growth, and irreplaceable wisdom.

Constraining ourselves into societal-set categories has been an ongoing pattern since we were in diapers.

It all starts with our nursery being pink or blue depending on our gender, then joining the soccer team and girl scouts because every little kid has to be involved in extracurriculars.

As we get older, we place ourselves in cliques based on our labels defined by the judgment of others.

Most importantly, we take all of these repressed labels since our youth and degrade our full potential to be an empowering leader in the workforce and world as a whole.

As expressed widely across western culture and many countries around the world, men are more likely to be the CEOs and bosses—representing “successful” leadership based on integrity, strength, and confidence.

What if I said women could be all of that? If a woman harvests a pulsing passion that rushes through her veins, she more than likely will dedicate herself to being the best that she can be.

The “glass ceiling” that exists in the workforce is just one boundary that many women and minorities have to surpass to become what they desire.

If we focused on the human and their outstanding strengths, allowing their striking ideas to drive a company, then there would be no reason to conform to the “norm” of an opinionated male dominant society.

Rather than force people to conform to the standards of a leader, allow their authenticity to guide change for the benefit of the whole.

The concept of leadership shouldn’t be constricted inside of its masculine suit and tie; rather, we should allow for the fresh ideas of femininity to lead the pack, implementing new questions, novel ideas, and a balanced perspective.

Not only in a withstanding career, but also in life, one must not let a label define who they are.

By letting go of these definitions others might place upon us, as well as the idealized images we create for ourselves, we completely immerse ourselves in the inevitable paradoxes—happiness and sadness, gains and losses, and disappointment and self-fulfillment.

Without these restrictions, our innate passions help create our own means of success.

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