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5 Female Entrepreneurs You Should Watch In 2015

5 Female Entrepreneurs You Should Watch In 2015

We live in a time where the average woman makes 77 cents to a man’s dollar. Becoming an entrepreneur can be an incredible experience. But for women, it will require some extra grit, determination and going against the norm to succeed. Yet these days, women are becoming more noticed for their entrepreneurial endeavors and are remarkably successful. When a woman can be the founder and leader of an organization, it can inspire others who are just beginning their entrepreneurial journey. Here are some female entrepreneurs who are doing remarkable things and have redefined their industries.

 Julie Aigner Clark, Founder of Baby Einstein, Baby Bytes and the Soft Skin Company

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    “When my company started really growing, I didn’t have any help in my house at all. I had the upkeep of my daily life, I had a one-year-old and a three-year-old, and I had my house. So I had to prioritize.” — Julie Aigner Clark

    Co-founder of Baby Einstein, Clark invested $15,000 dollars into the company and aggressively marketed it by meeting retailers at trade shows and sending its products to publications for reviews. Focused on infant entertainment, it was later sold to The Walt Disney Company in 2001. Now Julie Clark is involved in startups like Baby Bytes and the Soft Skin Company.

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    Melinda Emerson, Media Entrepreneur and Founder of Melinda Emerson Foundation

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      “You never lose in business, either you win or you learn.” — Melinda Emerson

      Melinda Emerson left television as a producer to pursue her entrepreneurial dream to create an award winning production company Quintessence Multimedia. The production company she founded has done productions for Verizon, Comcast and Radio One. But she didn’t stop there. She wanted to see other small businesses become successful ventures. She founded the Melinda Emerson Foundation, which has become a facilitator for small businesses by providing free information, educational materials and opportunities.

       Leah Busque, Founder of TaskRabbit

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        “I wake up every morning and think to myself, how far can I push the company forward in the next 24 hours.” – Leah Busque

        Leah Busque founded TaskRabbit in Boston in 2008 and has since raised over 5 million dollars in funding from different venture capital firms. The company was built as a marketplace for errands. If you want an errand completed, you simply need post the task on their marketplace and say how much you will be willing for to pay for the task to be completed. Tasks are completed by everyday people who have certain skills they can market, or are simply in need of some extra income.

        Although Leah Busque has stepped down as CEO, she remains at the heart of the company.

        Alex Von Tobel, Founder and CEO of LearnVest

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          “A good financial plan is a roadmap that shows us exactly how the choices we make today will affect our future.” – Alexa Von Tobel

          After leaving Harvard, Alex von Tobel proceeded to start LearnVest in 2009, a personal finance and financial planning site for women. She is also the author of New York Times bestseller Financially Fearless, which came out in 2013. In March 2015, Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. announced its intentions of acquiring LearnVest.

          Jennifer Hyman, CEO and Co-Founder of Rent the Runway

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            “Be humble, be curious, and listen to the people who have come before you. I’ve found that entrepreneurship only gets harder every year and as your team gets bigger, the stakes get higher.” – Jennifer Hyman

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            Jennifer Hyman is the co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway, a company that is democratizing the luxury industry for women. The New York-based company makes it possible for regular women to rent luxury items such as outwear, special occasion dresses and accessories.

            Featured photo credit: http://www.balancedmommagazine.com via balancedmommagazine.com

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            Last Updated on September 23, 2020

            Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

            Do What You Love and Love What You Do to Achieve More

            Are you waking up each day looking for that perfect thing, activity, or job that will make your life work? Or, maybe you are looking for that perfect relationship. Once you “get” this new thing that will allow you to do what you love, you are sure that you will be happy forever.

            In reality, life doesn’t work like that, and we would probably get bored if it did. There is likely no one thing, experience, or activity that will keep you feeling passionate and engaged all the time. What’s important is staying connected to what you love and continuing to grow in the process.

            Here, we’ll talk about how to get started doing what you love and achieving more in life through the motivation it brings. Doing this doesn’t have to take a long time; it just takes determination and energy.

            Most People Already Know Their Passion

            So many people walk around in life “looking for” their passion. They look for it as if true passion is some mysterious thing that is difficult to find and runs away once you find it. However, the problem is rarely lack of passion.

            Most of us already know what we love to do. We know what excites us, even if we haven’t done it for years. Instead, we focus on what we think we “must” do.

            For example, maybe you love building model cars or painting pet portraits. Yet, each day you work a completely unrelated job and make no time for the activity you already know you love. The truth is you probably don’t need to find your passion; you just need to start doing what you already know you’re passionate about[1].

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            No Activity Is Exciting All the Time

            Even people who are living their dream lifestyle or working their dream job don’t love it all the time. Every job or lifestyle has parts of it that we won’t like.

            Let’s say your dream is to become an actress, and you succeed. You may not enjoy the process of auditioning and facing rejection. You may experience moments of boredom when you practice your lines over and over again. But the overall experience is totally worth it.

            Most of life is like that. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment by demanding that life be perfect all the time. If things were perfect and easy, you would ultimately stop learning and growing, and life would begin to lack even more meaning in that case.

            Be grateful for both the good and bad moments as they are both entirely necessary if you genuinely want to do what you love and love what you do.

            Doing What You Love May Not Be Easy

            Living a life you love is unlikely to be easy. If it was, you would not grow very much as a person. And, if you think about a great book or movie, the growth of the main character is what matters most.

            What if the challenges you meet along your path to living a life you love were designed to make you grow as a person? You may actually start looking forward to challenges instead of dreading them. An easy life hardly ever makes a compelling story.

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            If you struggle to overcome challenges, try writing them down each time you encounter one. Then, write down three ways you could tackle it. Try one, and if it doesn’t work, try another. This way, you’ll learn what does and doesn’t work for you.

            How to Do What You Love

            There are many small steps you can take to ensure you are making time to do the things you love. Start with these, and you’ll likely find that you’re already on the right track.

            1. Choose Your Priorities Wisely

            Many people claim they want to do something, yet they don’t do it. The truth is they might not really want to do it in the first place[2].

            We all end up following through on what matters most to us. We make decisions moment by moment about what we need to focus on. What we choose to do is what we deem most important in our lives.

            If there is something you claim you want to do but you don’t do it, try asking yourself how much you really want it or where it’s currently placed on priority list. Are there other things you want more?

            Be honest with yourself: what you currently do each day is a reflection of your priorities. Recognize that you can change your priorities at any time.

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            Make a list of your priorities. Really take the time to think this through. Then, ask yourself if what you are doing each day reflects them. For example, if you believe your top priority is spending more time with your family, but you consistently take on extra hours at work, you’re not really prioritizing things in the way you think you are.

            If this is happening, it’s time to make a change.

            2. Do One Small Thing Each Day

            As stated above, doing what you love doesn’t have to mean finding that perfect job that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning. If you want to do what you love, start with one small thing each day.

            Maybe you love reading a good book. Take ten minutes before bed to read.

            Maybe you love swimming. Get a membership at the local YMCA, and go there for thirty minutes after work each day.

            Dedicating even a short amount of time to something that brings you joy each day will improve your life overall. You may find that, over time, a career path related to what you love to do pops up. After doing the thing you love each day, you’ll be more than prepared to take it on when the opportunity arises.

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            If you need help making time for your passions, check out this article to get started.

            3. Prepare to Make Sacrifices

            If you are an exceptionally busy person (aren’t we all?), you may have to make sacrifices in order to make space for the things you are passionate about. Maybe you take on less extra hours at the office or take thirty minutes away from another hobby in order to develop another that you enjoy.

            Looking at your priority list will help you decide what can get put on the back burner and what can’t. Remember, do this thinking about what will help you feel good about how you’re spending your time. 

            For example, if you love writing but rarely make time for it, consider getting up 30 minutes earlier than normal. Or instead of browsing your phone for 30 minutes before bed, you can write instead. There is always a way to find time for what you love.

            Final Thoughts

            If you love what you do, each day becomes a joyful adventure. If you don’t love what you are doing, life feels like a chore. The best way to achieve success is to design a life you love and live it every day.

            Remember, doing something you love doesn’t have to include big gestures or time-consuming projects. Start small and grow from there.

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