"In our culture, we make it feel like you’re either a success or a failure- and that if you fail, that’s it. But it’s just not true. Everyone loves a comeback.” -Sallie Krawcheck The pursuit of perfectionism is a losing game, and I should know because I've been playing it most of my life. I still like to think that I can help it, that one day I’ll grow out of this tendency. I realize that's partly where the problem lies. Some of what makes us who we are is hard-wired. We don'
According to the internet, we have Horace Walpole to thank for the addition of the word “serendipity” to the English lexicon. He first used the word in a letter to Horace Mann penned on January 28, 1754, noting that he derived the term from a “silly fairy tale.” Said fairytale centered around three Persian princes who sailed off to an island called Serendip in pursuit of riches and made a series of fascinating and unexpected discoveries on their journey. Today, we know Serend
I founded She Thinks Purple one year ago. I now know what I was seeking was #freedom, not #control when I made the decision to finally strike out as an entrepreneur-- with no plans of ever returning to a "day job." Like many new founders, I thought what I needed most was creative and strategic control-- the ability to determine my professional destiny in way that seemed impossible within the traditional workplace. But control quickly eluded me, and over the past year, I've co
We women must create the world in which we are empowered to lead authentically if that world is ever to exist. That creative work must begin by telling the truth, acknowledging our own personal stories of leadership: that for most of us there was no smooth, linear path to becoming who we are, that we are constantly recalibrating, reassessing, and reinventing ourselves. We women leaders are everywhere. But some of us are more awakened than others to the power and necessity of