An open letter from Wendy Mak
And yet everywhere I look — from my Facebook feed, Twitter, to groups I’m in and events I attend — all I seem to see are people talking up their wins, successes and achievements.
Please don’t misunderstand.
I am the first to celebrate wins, big or small. But I also understand the flip side — that feeling you get when you see someone else rising, climbing, doing all these amazing things that you want SO BADLY for yourself.
While you want to be happy for them, your gut starts to feel like a heavy rock.
“I’m so far behind compared to everyone else.”
“I’ll never be able to do what she’s done.”
“No one will buy from me because they’re already buying from her.”
“It’s not worth it.”
“Maybe it’s time to get a ‘normal’ job.”
These thoughts are all too common. They’ve certainly crossed my mind.
Yet we don’t actively discuss this. Most of what we see online, on blogs (this blog is guilty too) and at events we attend is centred around being “inspirational”. Aspirational stories, peoples and lessons — designed to encourage us to aim higher and to do more.
But what if we’re just too tired to do more?
What if we’re working our guts out and nothing seems to be happening?
How much longer do we keep going?
Is it fair to keep the pressure on our partner while we keep working on a business that doesn’t pay (all) the bills?
These are the issues + questions I want to explore.
I want it to be OK to say that some days you get depressed. That you don’t feel like flipping open the laptop again to enter the same cycle of work with little results.
That sometimes, you’re totally OVER how everyone else you see on Facebook seems to be having a better time than you — booking in new clients, going to fancy events, taking holidays and living the “dream” of entrepreneurship that you wished for yourself.
Let’s lift the lid on this topic. It’s sensitive, raw and real. With your help, we can show others that they are NOT ALONE in the true challenges faced by women entrepreneurs.
With your help I would love to get 1000 women entrepreneurs in Australia to complete the short survey below so we can truly understand the issues we face as a community, and get these issues addressed.