Empowering, inspiring, and… dare I say, embracing?
Leyba inspires us to run straight into the arms of our dreams, empowering us in the heels (or flats) we strut in. As a very pessimistic and self-conscious person, I walked -scratch that- I sashayed from this book feeling confident in my own endeavors as a writer. However, I was also expecting this book to focus more on the struggles of surviving the woman’s world. I didn’t expect the feeling of camaraderie that Leyba encourages us woman to embrace.
I’m not exactly a girls’ girl or even glamorous; sometimes my shyness may even come across as anti-social. But, what I admired about Leyba’s retelling of her own experiences, and the interviews of many other female entrepreneurs, is that I learned I’m not the only one struggling to be comfortable in my self-conscious skin. I learned that if women could build each other up, they might stop knocking each other down.
While the book teaches us to look at each other for inspiration, it reminds us to be more understanding of one another. We’ve all had those moments of feeling criticized by others, but how often are we guilty of doing the same thing? Leyba suggests stopping the habitual mindset of switching our criticisms to compliments whenever we have the chance. It would definitely force ourselves to have a more positive attitude all around.
I wonder how Leyba’s own female relationships have improved since taking this mentality. Sounds like a conversation for an interview. I wonder if the interviewee would one day participate in an interview with little old, nobody me…
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