Too many of us grew up only seeing one kind of boss or leader in the media. The lack of representation for other groups reinforced harmful stereotypes and acted as a self-fulfilling prophesy, but would our opinion of what a leader looks like be different if the media did a better job at representing the true diversity of leadership in America?
Women and other under-represented groups are already leading many great companies, organizations, & academic institutions; others are authoring best-sellers, building engaged audiences, leading movements and more.
We had the honor of connecting with many of the best and brightest female leaders from in and around the city and we asked them our question of the month: What is the best advice you have for someone who feels like they are facing insurmountable odds.
We encourage you to check out the female leaders we’ve highlighted below, follow them on social media if you find their work or story interesting and most importantly do your part to #fightstereotypes
Leanna Long | Senior at Texas Southern University, Houston Native, Owner of KaeL, Wardrobe Stylist & Fashion Consultant, Blogger and Photographer
My advice for anyone who is facing a challenge that they feel is insurmountable would be to lean on God. Focus on his words that he promised and trust that he will get you through whatever you are facing but also know you have to do your part which mean just trying. Also to know that anything can be conquered. Stay optimistic about everything you do. Nothing will happen over night, it’s okay to cry, it’s okay to take a step back and just simply breathe. Don’t doubt your ability to push forward because where you are at right now will not be your final chapter, it’ll be another milestone in your testimony. Keep striving and remember you will also have someone to catch you if you fall, God.
Tay Powers | DJ, Producer, Entrepreneur
The best advice I would have would be two-fold. First- do a gut check. Check In with your intuition, your inner-knowing, pray and make sure the situation is actually FOR YOU. Not a difficult situation or opportunity that you are trying to squeeze yourself into. Your intuition may be trying to tell you something. Second- if the challenge is one that seems daunting but you KNOW you have to press through; take a second and do NOTHING. Don’t force an outcome, don’t manipulate yourself or other people to “fix” the problem right away. Usually with time and patience, you’ll discover a refreshed mindset and have the resilience to tackle even the toughest challenges.
Melissa Hernandez | Model & Social Media Influencer
When going through hard times it’s important to know that you’re not the only one feeling the way you do. You’re not alone. It’s easy to be consumed by darkness & negativity but in the end you lose yourself.. and that’s never okay. It’s also important to know that you’re allowed to grief, grief isn’t one straight line. You’re going to have good days and bad days but with time you can overcome anything. There’s always light at the end of ANY tunnel. Some are just longer than other but there’s ALWAYS light in the end. Stay positive, find light within yourself. Pain is temporary and sometimes necessary but you WILL become stronger. With time, positivity and lots of light, nothing is insurmountable.
Vanessa Lara | Freelance Makeup Artist/ Marketing Representative
When you feel like you’re in a situation that you can’t fix, only one thing comes to mind. Psalms 55:22- it says to “throw your burden” to God. Instead of thinking that YOU can’t handle it, let HIM handle it for you. Faith is all we need. At the end, everything will be ok.
Monica Jethva | Founder & Owner of Layla’s Barkery
Break those challenges down into smaller pieces. Sometimes we overwhelm ourselves looking at the whole picture. Baby steps and taking it day by day can make those challenges seem less impossible. It’s like eating a cake, we cannot eat the whole thing in one sitting but if we eat one slice a day, it’s doable!
Hannah Brower | Stylist and Model
Take a moment. Stop, and zoom out at the bigger picture. Snap out of your emotions and realize who you are and remember this. Hold onto it and use it to your full ability and if you keep persevering, you’ll get through it when you are able to remember what you get up for everyday in this beautiful life. And If it’s people who are getting you down, don’t let the crowd change you, you’re made to inspire the crowd. They want the passion you have but don’t let them drain it from you. Protect that in your heart.
Monica Jones | Social Changemaker and Vision & Vibes Founder
The best advice I would give someone who is facing an insurmountable challenge is to remember the struggle is only temporary. We get so caught up in the issue or problem that we forget to simply appreciate a teaching moment of resilience and strength. There are lessons taught during the obstacles which prepare you for the victory.
Christy Lancaster | Houston Hair Stylist
Trust yourself & trust the process. You are exactly where you are meant to be in life.
Deborah Queen | Legal Analyst and Life Style Blogger (Fitness, Travel, Food, Personal Development and Faith)
What’s the best advice you have for someone who is facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable? – Life happens in moments. This means that every moment is a new opportunity for change to happen. This is the way I handle my challenges that I feel is insurmountable. I redirect my mind to understand that I have no ability to change a circumstance, another person, a job or anything outside of myself. However, I can change my mindset and my approach to what happens to me. I trust God 100% that there is no mountain he can’t move so this allows me to find peace and do the best that I can.