All self-made female billionaires in this world have their own stories of how they achieved their success. All of them have blazed their own trails, and been through their own unique journey to reach their current billionaire status. But are you curious about what they all have in common? Do you wonder what valuable traits all female billionaires share with each other?
Thanks to the advancements in technology, education, and social media, there has never been a better time to become a billionaire. More and more super-successful businesswomen all around the world are joining the ranks of billionaires than ever before.
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Here are what all self-made female billionaires have in common.
Female Billionaires Don’t Make Sacrifices
It doesn’t matter how you define success, you and I are both well aware that it’s not a stroll in the park. Every person who aspires to achieve success in life understands that it’s not easy and requires a lot of hard work.
But a big problem I see in society is this: success comes with sacrifices. People think they have to give up the things they enjoy in life like their guilty pleasures, time with their family, hanging out with their friends, etc. The idea that success and sacrifice have to go together has been giving a very negative connotation.
When it comes to achieving success, you do need to work hard and put in the effort but consider this. Picture yourself making these sacrifices:
- “I can’t hang out on the weekend anymore.”
- “I’m sorry, I just don’t have time to go to the movies anymore.”
- “Unfortunately, I need to make sure I work at least 10 hours every day.”
- “I just can’t spend money recklessly anymore.”
- “I need to make sure I’m reading 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes at night.”
How does it feel when you’re saying these things to yourself? When you look at it from this perspective, it feels overwhelming, suffocating, and it looks like you’re sacrificing a lot, right? But it doesn’t have to feel that way.
Female Billionaires are Great at Prioritizing
Instead of sacrificing, look at everything you do as a choice and a way of prioritizing your life. Think of it this way. You’re not sacrificing your free time but you’re choosing to spend your time to improve your skill sets. You’re not sacrificing fun activities but you’re gaining knowledge by reading a book.
Female billionaire Diane Hendricks also thought that she had to sacrifice certain things in her life. But what she did instead was prioritized. She saw everything as a choice she had to make to grow her company.
When it came to spending time with her kids, she made a choice to block out weekends and certain times of day to stop working and enjoy quality time with her kids. Another simple thing she would do is make sure she and her family enjoy dinner together at the table every night.
In the life of a billionaire, you have to understand a work-life balance does not exist. It’s all a matter of how you look at your life and how your mindset shapes your lifestyle. When you have this mindset of prioritizing, you no longer focus on what you’re missing out on. Instead, you’re focusing on what you’re getting out of your life. Because ultimately success is not a destination, it’s a journey.
They Relentlessly Believe in Their Vision When Nobody Else Does
All self-made female billionaires started out their journey with a vision. They knew where they wanted to go and what they wanted to do. But found it hard to get anyone to care. And what they came to realize is this: No one will support you until you give them a reason to care.
On their entrepreneurial journey, they had to overcome that obstacle. They had to accept that their journey would be lonely, in the sense that most people will not support their vision. They had to learn how to push through barriers and believe in their vision, their values, and their mission more than anyone else.
One of the fantasies many people have when they embark on their own journey to becoming successful is they expect their friends and family to support them in their endeavors.
When the truth is that no one will support you – not even your family members. If you’re someone who is used to receiving motivation and support from other people when you’re facing challenges, then your journey to success will be very hard to endure. And chances are, you won’t last very long.
Why Most People Care What Other People Think, And Why Female Billionaires Do Not
Have you noticed how sometimes people will appear like they don’t care about what other people think? If you pay closer attention, you’ll see that everyone is affected by what other people think and do.
For example, think of the girl who doesn’t pursue her dreams because she’s afraid her friends and family will judge her. Or, the guy that has been working out for years at the gym but always thinks other people have more attractive muscular abs.
As human beings, it’s normal to have that drive to be accepted and feel a sense of belonging. Why? Because we’re inherently social creatures. Today, one of the reasons why people gravitate towards belonging to a group is uncertainty. And while there’s nothing wrong with the desire to belong to a group, you shouldn’t attach your identity to a group.
Most people make the mistake of blindly adopting the belief systems of others around them instead of living based on their own set of rules. And that can become a problem when you are pursuing your own goals. Because you’re living and measuring your actions by other people’s standards and not based on your vision and values.
That’s why female billionaires learn to cultivate their own self-awareness. They understand that they cannot rely on other people. If your values don’t align with those around you, you shouldn’t expect them to understand where you are, what you’re doing, or why you’re doing it. The best person you can rely on is yourself.
Rely on your own set of values to guide you to your destination. Don’t waste your time waiting for validation from others because you’ll be disappointed. Be driven by your own personal mission and have a vision for how you want to live your life.
They Believe in Creating Their Life, Not Being a Victim in Life
Successful female billionaires understand that they are in direct control over certain aspects of their life, like their choices when it comes to working smarter and harder. Unlike unsuccessful people who play the role of the poor, struggling victim, female billionaires take responsibility for their life.
They have the ability to navigate around problems that stand in the way of their goals and refuse to let those problems define who they are. They think critically about how many different ways they can solve issues that come up. Unlike many people who freeze or give up, they will do whatever it takes to workaround roadblocks and continue to pursue their goals.
According to T. Harv Eker, one of the most important lessons when it comes to success is that “you are the one who creates your success and you are the one who creates your mediocrity.” How do people create mediocrity? They play the victim game. Eker says there are three ways to can identify a victim mentality:
- Blame: Victims who like to blame will do anything to say the reason for their problem is because of anything and anyone except themselves. These are people that blame the economy, the government, their employer, their parents, their partner, etc.
- Justify: Victims who don’t blame will justify their problems and rationalize by saying things like, “Money is not that important.”
- Complain: Victims who choose to complain are the worst of them all. Why? Because they are so focused on everything that’s wrong in their life. And Eker believes that “whatever you focus on expands.” So if you focus on problems, you’ll get more problems. If you focus on solutions, you will get more solutions.
Female billionaires understand that challenges and setbacks are part of the journey to success. Instead of playing the victim, they think of ways to overcome challenges that stand in their way.
Female Billionaires Have an Unwavering Commitment to Create Wealth and Abundance
Do you ever hear a successful person say they will try to work harder or try to commit themselves to success? Probably not, right? The definition of the word commitment itself is to devote yourself unreservedly. Which means you’re doing everything and anything it takes to make things happen.
When people say they will try to do something, it doesn’t make much sense to me. Why? Because there is no gap between action and inaction.
You don’t have to “try” to take action, you can just do it.
For example, let’s say I ask you to run. Could you do it? Yes. You could run.
What if I asked you to not run? What would you do? Good. You don’t run.
Now, what if I asked you to try to run? What would you do? If you’re thinking you run, then that’s where you’re wrong. How can you try to run? It either you run or you don’t run. You do it or you don’t. There is no in-between.
The same applies to commitment. You are either committed or you’re not. And most people are not committed to achieving success. They always put a limit on how much they’re willing to do, how much they’re willing to risk, and how much they’re willing to sacrifice.
Female billionaires do not make half-commitments. They go all in or they don’t go in at all. Their billionaire status came as a result of focus, tenacity, courage, applied knowledge, effort, and a strong billionaire mindset. As T Harv. Eker says, “If you are not fully, totally, and truly committed to creating wealth, chances are you won’t.”
If you are willing to focus on making a commitment to your success, then you’ll be rewarded. The universe will assist you, guide you, and even create miracles for you that is beyond your wildest imagination.
They are Excellent Self-Promoters
Successful female billionaires are almost always excellent promoters (or marketers). You might be wondering, “Why do they need to be good self-promoters?” If you recall earlier, does anyone care about you or what you have to offer? No.
People don’t care, and they won’t care until you give them a reason to care. Before you offer anything to the marketplace, you need to answer the question, “What’s in it for them?” Today, the way that people buy is very different from how they made purchasing decisions in the past. Consumers are more skeptical than ever. And anyone who is in the world of business understands that they are selling certainty in an uncertain world. They are easing their consumers’ minds.
This is exactly one of the main reasons why female billionaires today are so successful because they understand the marketplace. If they know their product or services can help their potential customers, they will feel morally obligated to do everything in their power to promote their products or services to serve that purpose. You’ll notice that they’re not only great marketers, but they are also great leaders.
Because to be a leader, you have to know how to engage, inspire, and persuade people to buy into your vision.
They Embrace What They Don’t Know
Three of the most dangerous words you can say in the English language is “I know that.” And the three words that might be your greatest asset is “I don’t know.” Female billionaires embrace what they don’t know. Why? Because it’s the knowledge they don’t know that allows them to make the greatest impact in their business and in the world.
If you think about it, you don’t know what you don’t know. That’s why it’s essential you continue to learn and grow. According to T. Harv Eker, “Nothing in the world is static. Everything alive is constantly changing. Take any plant that isn’t growing, it is dying. It’s the same with people as well as all other living organisms: if you are not growing, you are dying.”
A lot of the time it’s interesting to see that the people who need to learn the most are those who are broke. They’re the ones who say, “I already know that,” “I don’t have time,” or “I can’t afford it.” While millionaires, multimillionaires, and billionaires are all saying, “If I can learn just one new thing or make one improvement, it’s worth it.”
Most of the time, people are lying when they make excuses and say they can’t afford education because they don’t have time or money. What they’re really saying is, “I don’t I believe I need it badly enough.” Now for some people, they actually might not be able to afford it, but if their desire is strong enough, no price is too high.
Success at the end of the day is simply a learnable skill that’s based on applied knowledge. And it’s not so much about getting rich financially. It’s more about who you have to be in character and mind to get rich.
They Believe That Money Only Amplifies Who They Already Are
Money and wealth magnify the person you already are. Money itself is neutral. It’s not good or bad. It can only amplify the person that is using it. If for example, you use money with bad intentions, chances are you will face the bad consequences that come with it. And if you use money with good intentions, then you will see the good consequences that come with it. It’s as simple as that, as a cause and effect relationship.
Sara Blakely, female billionaire and founder of Spanx, says, “I feel like money makes you more of who you already were. I don’t subscribe at all to the belief that money is the root of all evil. I think money is a wonderful thing. It’s great to share. It’s fun to spend and it’s fun to make. I’ve always had a positive outlook on what money can do.”
When female billionaires have new opportunities come across their desks, their decisions are not just based on facts but also on trusting their gut instinct. And deciding whether or not it aligns with their principles and core values.
So by choosing to invest their wealth into different opportunities that are aligned with their true and authentic self, the money simply amplifies those decisions and allows them to materialize.
They Take The Road Less Traveled to Reach the Top
If you take a look at all the female billionaires in the world, what do you realize? None of them took any special shortcut to reach their billionaire status. Some might have had an easier start than others. But overall they all had to endure a journey full of twists, turns, detours, and obstacles.
The road to wealth and success is full of dangerous traps, haters, and deadly pitfalls, which is the exact reason why most people don’t take this path. The people who take this path, like female billionaires, have an unwavering commitment to their goal. They know that whatever challenges they’ll be forced to face, they have to be willing to be bigger than their problems.
Because ultimately, as T. Harv Eker puts it, “Your outer world is merely a reflection of your inner world.” This means that how you view your problems is a reflection of how you see yourself. If you have a big problem, then you have a small mind. If you have a small problem, then you have a big mind.
The secret to success is to not avoid, throw away, or shrivel up like a raisin when you encounter problems; the secret is to grow yourself to a level where your problems are so small they look like tiny grains of sand.
So that leads me to say that this path is not meant for everyone. Some people are more content with their 9 to 5 jobs, enjoying their weekends, and living their current lifestyle. And that’s completely okay.
But some people are tired of working at their 9 to 5 jobs. They want more freedom, more money, more success, and more fulfillment in their life. All this boils down to one simple desire: they want to be a better version of themselves.
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