Stretching Your Edge
“I stand for freedom of expression, doing what you believe in, and going after your dreams.” -Madonna
With all the insurmountable pressure of being a female entrepreneur is it wise to stretch you edge? Absolutely. I recently did something I did not imagine I would do. I push my edge because it’s important for me to keep pushing my edge. I’ll talk about this a little more later on. Let’s talk Madonna!
Madonna is the most iconic, relevant female entrepreneur of my generation. Here are 5 tips on encouraging you to rock your entrepreneurial bad girl.
5 Creative Lessons from Madonna
I am a painter and I learned something early on. I don’t force an image or a concept in art. I let it be. A lot of my best projects and clients are very organic with a focus driven deadline. Schedule your time to create your work.
“I try to have thick skin, but every once in a while I read something that someone says about me, and its so slanderous and moralistic and its has nothing to do with my music.” -Madonna
Most entrepreneurial women are criticized for doing something unconventional. There are so many critics out there and sometimes they can even be your friends. The real truth is that what you are doing doesn’t make sense to people. Being an entrepreneur doesn’t seem logical. Creating a concept, idea or product takes pure guts! You can’t have a logical conversation about passion. Don’t bother engaging in negativity.
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“I think the ultimate challenge is to have some kind of style and grace, even though you haven’t got money, or standing society, or formal education.” -Madonna
This is so powerful. We know that it is possible to create exactly what you want by forging ahead. You can create your own experience as you would like it to happen.
“I’d like to think I am taking people on a journey’ I am not just entertaining people, but giving them something to think about when they leave.” -Madonna
Any interaction you have with people and your clients leaves a lasting experience. Set your intention in service and you will leave a lasting impression.
“I’d love to be a memorable figure in the history of entertainment in some sexual, comic, tragic way. I’d like to leave the impression of Marilyn Monroe did, to be able to arouse so many different feelings in people.” -Madonna
Of course Madonna would say this right?! Being truly who you are and when you clear a path of what your company stands for and you go out of your way to perform your highest service you can impact a generation. I also believe in being transparent from time to time helps your brand.
Pushing My Edge
During my Mastery course of The School of Womanly Arts this year I met the most genius photographer. I first knew and briefly met Liz Linder at Rich Happy & Hot last year. I was enamored with the photos she took this year and how she brought out the best in women.
I have been secretly wanting a photo shoot and new photos of my website for a while now. I have to admit it was a obstacle for me to even want to do this. I have always seen myself as a “behind the scenes” type of girl. Not to mention I have been very critical about myself for years! I was a make up artist and really used to my idea of what “perfection” should look like. I did a lot of personal work in this area and reached out to Liz Linder and booked the appointment.
I secretly had a fantasy of wanting this photo shoot to look like a Rolling Stone pictorial capturing who I have become 20 years later from the 80’s. I wanted photos to show who I am, honor my real age and look really approachable.
Here is a peek at the results:
Did this say “Bad Ass Marketer”? Well at least for that day I felt like one. I had miraculously did something I never done before. I celebrated my image. I rooted for for the girl in front of the camera. I cheered myself on and celebrated the moment. I have come along way. Even when looking at the proofs I wasn’t critical I just decided what the best ones were and left out the negative self criticism. This truly was a life changing mild stone.
I challenge you to do the same. It may not be a photo shoot but if it scares you or you put it off you should schedule it, know you can do it and enjoy the fear along the way.
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Tip of the day: When your day get’s too intense stop what your doing and dance!