Christina Vuleta and Whitney Johnson were tired of hearing the words “past your prime” in regards to women in business. In response, they decided to take a stand and created the “40 Women to Watch Over 40” list. The purpose of this list is to both bring awareness to and spark a new conversation around women’s contributions to innovation, and emphasizing that this innovation does not decline after 40, but rather it gets better with age! Congratulations to all of the amazing women selected for this list; I am loving reading your stories, and it is truly an honor to be included among you. See the full list here.
The inspiration behind this list is right in line with an article I recently wrote for The Huffington Post for the THIRD METRIC conference entitled “Why I Can’t Wait to be Fifty“. I can truly, honestly, 100% say that today I am a better professional, better friend, and better person than I have ever been. I am owning my age. I am owning who I am. I am owning both my successes and my mistakes. I am also much more willing to stand up for what I believe in, and I am not afraid to be not liked, or ‘unliked’. In today’s world of instant feedback, social media, and internet trolls, this is not always easy, and speaking out for what I believe to be right is about being brave, courageous, and dare I say it, fearless!
But I am not perfect, and there is still a list of things I would like to do better. I want to listen more and to talk less. I want to be the type of person who shows up for my friends and family, not just when it is easy and convenient, but when it is is inconvenient but needed. I want to be able to prioritize better, which means I have to learn when to say no and mean it. I want to be more tolerant towards people who do not share my beliefs, and I want to take the time to share my beliefs in a way that opens doors instead of closing them. I could go on, as the list is long, but with each passing year I know I will work to face each item head on.
Are you getting better with age? Was there a magical age for you when you suddenly became the person you think you were meant to be? What did you come to learn that you wish someone had told you earlier? Personally? Professionally?
Thanks for sharing.
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Click here to read other articles curated for “The Third Metric”.