The past International Women’s Day got me thinking about role models and how empowering it is to have people to look up to. Me and my fellow female content creators attended an open mic event where people from the advertising and communications industry held short speeches about equality in our field.
The event ended with a powerful statement from Ritva Isteri on how far women have come in the advertising industry and how we, as women, must continue to make our final push for equal opportunities, bold dreams and female faces in leadership positions.
Afterwards me and the girls talked about how inspiring it was to see older, wiser women who have come so far. ”I want to become a powerful woman like that as well”, I said. I too want to achieve goals that feel a little intimidating at first, I too want to create a career that I love, I too want to inspire others to chase for their dreams.
I think it is so vital to find these sources of empowerment around you. From your work-life, your social circles, from books, movies and social media. Always be eager to hear from others, be hungry for knowledge and learn from the paths taken by those ahead of you.
Because it makes you push yourself a little harder. Role models are like little glimpses of a future waiting to happen. Looking up to successful individuals keeps your chin up. It moulds your mind to make a conscious change towards aiming high, whatever that level may mean to you.
Personally, I admire strong women that have found success in their careers. Ladies who have a presence when they enter a room. Gals who dare to speak up when others stay quiet.
I also admire people who have a flare of raw realness. Because success often doesn’t come easy. The road is rarely paved with rose petals and confetti. Life hurts sometimes. Often, even, when you live fearlessly. And the best role models talk about the pain and the failure.
Because difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations, I heard.