A New Measure of Success for Women in Business

A New Measure of Success for Women in Business

What started as a thought that came to mind while I was walking my dogs one morning down my street in Costa Rica turned into an Instagram quote I posted, which then led me to look at it more closely and I came to decide, this needs to be unpacked, it needs to be a blog post where I can lend more words, thoughts and a more in-depth exploration at this new idea of success.

Tim Ferriss, in his book, “The 4-Hour Work Week” cites the new age of entrepreneurs as the “New Rich” or NR for short. Ferriss argues that the traditional notion of wealth, defined solely by money and material possessions, is outdated. Instead, he proposes a new definition of wealth focused on time freedom, mobility, and lifestyle design.

The New Rich are individuals who have achieved this new definition of wealth by leveraging technology, automation, and outsourcing to minimize the time they spend on mundane tasks and maximize the time they have for meaningful experiences and personal fulfilment. They prioritize activities that bring them joy, fulfilment, and personal growth over simply accumulating wealth or status symbols.

Key principles of the New Rich lifestyle include:

  1. Outsourcing and automation: Delegating repetitive tasks and using technology to automate processes, allowing more time for activities that matter.
  2. Lifestyle design: Intentionally designing one’s life to prioritize experiences and personal fulfillment over traditional notions of success.
  3. Mini-retirements: Taking extended periods of time off throughout life to travel, explore interests, and recharge, rather than waiting until retirement to enjoy life.
  4. Income generation: Creating multiple streams of passive income to sustain one’s desired lifestyle without being tied to a traditional 9-to-5 job.

A Regulated Nervous System

I would even classify myself as someone who falls into this category. As a business owner, this is everything I have set up my business, Digital Course Creation to be, to do and to teach others the same. Yet, when I dissect the idea of success, I’m able to break it down into it’s most minute piece and it’s very, very simple. It’s a regulated nervous system. As a woman, as a Mom, as an entrepreneur THIS is how I define success. I believe that most women would too when they really consider what a regulated nervous system offers us.

A regulated nervous system means finding a balance amidst the chaos, allowing for moments of calm amidst the storm. It’s about being able to navigate the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and parenthood with grace and resilience.

Physiologically, a regulated nervous system manifests as reduced levels of stress and anxiety, improved sleep quality, and better emotional regulation. It’s that feeling of being centered and grounded, even in the midst of challenges. Emotionally, it translates into a sense of contentment, fulfillment, and the ability to be present for both your work and your family without feeling overwhelmed.

Ultimately, a regulated nervous system empowers you to show up as your best self in both your professional and personal life, fostering success, happiness, and well-being. 

Is It Time To Redefine?

Isn’t this the feeling we all pursue when we embark on the journey of starting a family, diving into entrepreneurship, and attempting to harmonize work and life? While success can be defined through various lenses, perhaps the most profound measure, particularly for a businesswoman, lies in the state of her nervous system. A regulated nervous system serves as a cornerstone, influencing every facet of her existence. It’s a priceless gift, enriching not only her own experience but also radiating its benefits across the areas of life that hold the greatest significance for her.

What are your thoughts on this? Is it time to view success through a new lens?

 


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