For American Business Women’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite interviews, guest posts, and articles shared by inspiring women. With these, we hope to motivate you, your sister, your daughter, and the other strong women (and men) in your life to do what makes you happy. We all have the ability to go after our dreams, and in many instances, we’re the biggest thing standing in our way.
The Cool Gear brand was built on the strong-willed back of entrepreneurial pursuit. As the business grew, it evolved into a Brand and a culture intermingled with employees and customers. The Cool Down Blog strives to shine a light on start ups, thought leaders, women in business, and people doing all-around cool things.
With the Fall season officially upon us, we challenge you to make a bucket list to fulfill for the remainder of the year. If that’s not your thing, focus on one goal or project to pursue before 2017 chimes in. Whether it’s a passion project, blog, product idea, or entrepreneurial adventure, it’s time to go for it. Let these women inspire you.
“When my current position opened up, I almost didn’t take the leap and take on the challenge of a new role. I remember sitting in the stands, in the cold of the team’s practice rink, telling myself I was OK being safe staying in a position that I knew. What if I had not ignored that voice in my head? Instead, I allowed myself to become the first Bruins-employed female to travel directly with the team on the road as a reporter.”
“When I accepted an entry level position on the video team of a major media company, I’d never shot on anything other than my iPhone. My only real qualifications were an obsession with movies and a successful stint as a production assistant on a photo shoot that the producer deemed, “the day from hell”… Going with my gut is something I’ve relied on to make all major decisions in my 28 years. That includes picking a lunch spot, an outfit, and making a career change.”
“Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that we would build Cool Gear into the Brand it is today. However, I never doubted that I would achieve my goals. I’m passionate about business, people and product development. I love the creative process and where it can lead you.”
“In the past 30 days, #MakeWaves raised almost $20,000 through direct donations, eCommerce, and events; it had 200 people attend its 7 events across the country, and had 25 corporate sponsors get involved without hesitation. Above all, it inspired people to get involved, and truly believe they are capable of making a difference in the world we live in.”
“The best lesson I’ve learned is that you only get what you ask for, you really do need to put yourself out there and there’s nothing you can lose by just asking. And to keep asking, keep pushing on the doors that won’t open. People are going to continue to say no, but probability will inevitably tip on your side.”
Motivational Quotes and Advice
“My advice: analyze your excuses. You are not too busy. We all have commitments in our lives: work, the gym, errands, the kids, events and celebrations, that really long to-do list. Well, I urge you to make fun a priority. For me, travel is on top of that fun category.”
“Three months ago, I decided to risk it all for the sake of travel. I had hit a rut – that “quarter life crisis” slump, which is apparently a thing. I hated my lack of self confidence, the nagging heartbreaks that happen post-college and felt I had lost my creative spark. I made a challenge to myself to be happier.”
“To shift our focus from our appearance to our contentment; to use the pursuit of happiness instead of the pursuit of perfection as our motivation; to gauge success by our sense of fulfillment rather than our ability to fit into a smaller size, that is to B Strong.”