Inspiring She Boss Series: Arianna Huffington, Founder of the Huffington Post
Arianna was born in Athens, Greece in 1950. Her father was a journalist and marketing consultant. At 16, Huffington moved to the UK and studied economics at Girton College in Cambridge. After finding out her longtime boyfriend would never want to get married nor have children, they split and Huffington moved to New York, She married Michael Huffington, who would later hold a seat in the California Senate. Arianna also ran for Governor of California as an Independent. Before The Huffington Post existed, she had a website called AriannaOnline.com. Since the launch of The Huffington Post, Arianna has since sold the publication to AOL.
Arianna’s advice and why it matters to you, She Boss.
“Fearlessness is like a muscle. I know from my own life that the more I exercise it, the more natural it becomes to not let my fears run me.” – Arianna Huffington
Raise your hand if you have ever been afraid of something involving your business. Maybe you have the fear of sharing your personal story. Maybe it is the fear of putting yourself out there in general.
Now, raise your hand if you have ever let those fears control you in your business.
If we stop letting fear control us in our business, I promise magic will happen. I get it. Putting yourself out there is hard. It can be scary. What if you post and hear crickets? What if you post and end up with negative comments? What if NO ONE buys your e-book?
I’m going to be honest, those things can happen. But let me tell you a little story.
When I first started, I posted and heard crickets. Why? Because no one knew me. I was sure that I’d never get a client. A few weeks later, two clients reached out because they saw me consistently.
So the moral of the story is that you never know who is watching. Just because you hear crickets doesn’t mean people aren’t taking notice.
If you allow fear to stop you from sharing your business, these opportunities will not be possible. It is impossible to build brand equity if you’re staying silent.
Don’t stay silent. Be proud of your offerings. Be proud of your business. Tell the fear to go somewhere with itself.
Have you ever heard the quote about starving your fears and feeding your dreams? Starve your fears ladies and you will be unstoppable!
We’d love to see you hanging out with us in the group, She’s Boss Branding (soon to be renamed. Big secret project coming soon). This is the perfect place to feed your dreams and starve your fears. It’s a fabulous group of non-judgmental women who are looking to support each other <3 Can’t wait to see you there!