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.
Kiana Boyd – Aspiring Producer & Lifestyle Blogger
Remember that there is always another side to that mountain/challenge and that you are strong enough to come out on the other side. A lot of the times we talk ourselves out of certain situations because we make ourselves believe that we are not strong enough to do so, but it’s all mental. If you talk to yourself positively and make yourself believe that you can conquer anything, you can!
Lexi Collins – Actress / Livestreamer
When I’m facing something difficult, I always remind myself that in a few months it won’t matter. Something new and better always comes along. Everything always works out even if it doesn’t feel like it in the moment.
Jasmine Betancourt – Wardrobe Stylist
Life is always giving us challenges. It’s how we handle it. Just know it’s temporary and that things will work out the way they are suppose to.
Lena Lieu – Graphic Artist
“No matter how tough the challenge may be, just take the risk and give it the best you got. better than holding back and not going through with it and not finding out what the outcome may be. you’ll go through life with tons of obstacles, but know that from each one you’re learning and growing! also, give yourself lots of credit for taking on these challenges…its not easy but you’re going to be so much stronger and wiser from it!”
Eunice Lee – Business Consultant & Athlete
Think about the other hard times you’ve faced and how you’re survived them all – that is why you are still here today. Every challenge is an opportunity for strength and you are not alone. Seek help from your support system and talk to them often. Acknowledge the situation and take baby steps to determine how you are going to get through it. There is no challenge too great and you can get through anything you put your mind to. But you have to want it. Perception is everything!!
Lani Lifter – fitness coach
Think of all the times you THOUGHT you wouldn’t be able to do or overcome something, and you did! Remind yourself what your capable of and appreciate the challenge!
Anna-Sophie Keller – Actress & Pool Shark
Take your time, young grasshopper; nothing is insurmountable. Bravery and facing your challenge head-on is great and necessary, but perseverance is key. Things don’t always work out on the first try, and allowing yourself to be okay with coming back to your challenge again and again until you’ve conquered it is not only smart but necessary for your mental health in the long run. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it was a damn good empire in the end!
Jordyn Casey – Fitness Director/Instructor of Set & Flow in Hollywood, CA
I would say that no matter what you’re feeling in the moment when facing a challenge just know that you are going to get to the other side, and you’re not only going to grow from the experience but you’re going to be even stronger.
Stephanie Noel Garrison – Actor
Take your goal, and break it down into smaller mini-goals or tasks to accomplish one by one. You’ll get overwhelmed if you try to get there all at once. A journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step!
Ava Johanna – International Yoga Instructor + Host of The Alchemized Life Podcast
Remember that no challenge was put in front of you to defeat you. Everything that you are handed in life is there to make you stronger and for you to overcome. In the times that you feel challenged, put your hands on your heart and focus on your inhale and exhale until your head and body move into a state of peace again.
Ebay Liu – Marketing Director, Model & Dancer
“Take a step back and relax. Unwind yourself and trust that you will make the right decision.”
Devin Feheley – Actress & Artist!
I’d say if someone is facing a challenge they think is insurmountable, the only thing they need to conquer is their own fear, after that, anything is possible.
Cristina Trinidad – Sales Agent, Entrepreneur, Model, Realist
You never know what is going to come your way, and that’s just the way it goes I life. You will encounter many hurdles that feel too great to overcome. Imagine knowing everything that will happen in your future, yes it sounds promising, but what will you gain? What I’m saying is go through the struggles and learn from them, but know that the pain, the fear, the stress, or the anxiety are only temporary. You have to understand that you can break that barrier that you feel is holding you back. The victory of getting through it is more promising, and it will make you the best version of yourself.
Skyler Joy – TV / Film Actress & Content Creator
Throughout the years I have learned the importance of trusting in yourself & your abilities. If you full heartedly believe that you are already living your dream the universe will believe it too. This is a concept I firmly believe in although it took me awhile to learn and understand it. Growing up my dreams were bigger than the island in Alaska I grew up on. In my heart I always knew I wanted to be an actress; the stage was my home. Although I had an extremely supportive family, I can’t say the same for many of the peers who surrounded me. I was often teased, misunderstood, and doubted. I’d be lying if I told you that those people never affected me. They did, very much so. I went through times of pain, depression, and anxiety because of those people. But I truly believe those times were necessary, because without those hard times I wouldn’t be the strong woman I am today. Whatever it is you are going after or going through you must understand that nothing is insurmountable. There will always be obstacles in life, there may even be times that you feel the lowest you have ever felt. NO matter what life throws at you you must look forward, continue working hard, and trust in yourself. People tend to give advice based on their own experiences, feelings, and fears. Take other’s advice with a grain of salt because at the end of the day, in your gut, you know what is best for you and it is Your Journey Not Theirs. Some things that have helped me achieve my goals that I encourage everyone to do; · Practice visualization. If you can see it, you can achieve it. · Practice speaking your goals into your reality. Your words are more powerful than you might realize. · Don’t compare yourself to others, we are all on separate paths. · Be easy on yourself, lift yourself up don’t tear yourself down. · Finally, remind yourself daily that you are capable of greatness and that nothing is insurmountable.
Nora Harris – Yoga Instructor and Writer
I ask myself three questions: 1. Can you let go of your belief that the challenge is insurmountable? When we create a narrative of impossibility around something, it lets us off the hook for trying. It is an excuse for why we may not succeed before we have even started trying. When we allow ourselves to think of something as possible, it allows us the possibility to try. 2. Can you relax your attachment to the outcome, whether or not you will conquer this challenge, and try anyway? Sometimes we are so afraid that we may not succeed that we don’t try. If we start to think of challenges in terms of trying instead of failing or succeeding, we find value in the journey, not just the outcome. We can then come at a challenge from a place of learning and experience rather than fear or lack of success. 3. Can you find ease in the effort? I try to bring this into everything I do. Can you find the smile when times are tough, can you allow failures to teach you something meaningful, can you see the journey, the struggle, as just as enriching as the endpoint? These reframing questions reveal to us that much of what we perceive are the difficulties of a challenge are only created by our own minds. Once we realize this, we can tackle challenges with less doubt and from a place of awareness.
SarahLydia Sophia – Actor & Personal Trainer
My advice for someone facing a challenge they feel is insurmountable is to do a brain dump – literally write down every pro, con, and concern around the topic – and then ask yourself what is and isn’t true, what the benefit from overcoming this will or won’t be, and then list 5 ways you can start TODAY. I find that if we verbalize our fears in some way, we take away their power and give ourselves back some control & direction instead of continually swimming in circles with them.
Roxie Francis – LA Vocal Coach and Career Mentor
Challenges are here to teach you and help you become the person you’re meant to be; be grateful for them. When facing seemingly insurmountable challenges, stay in gratitude and listen to your inner voice. The solutions are there; you must face your fears and do the work to become the star you’re meant to be.
Leslie Adkins – Yoga Instructor
My best advice would be to find stillness, even for 5 minutes, breath and connect to your inner voice to help guide you through the challenge. Sometimes taking our attention to even the smallest detail will bring us the present moment. What does my breath feel like? What’s the temperature of the day? etc.
Geena Fontanella – LA Pop Artist
I’m actually currently going through this. lol Sometimes life just hands you a bad hand. Just in the last 3 months I’ve had investors pull out, leaving me with their financial burdens, my main income taken away, and multiple family members getting terrible health news. But I grew up with a lot of challenges I had to overcome, so luckily, I feel like I have tons of tools in my belt to handle sucky life scenarios. For me, I always do a couple things: 1. Focus on what’s going right. This is the hardest for me because I want to focus on what’s going wrong so I can fix it. The reality is that everything will be fixed in due time and you having a bad attitude for 3 months is not gonna make things better. That’s just fact haha. 2. Don’t let the stresses of what I’m going through fall onto other people. This typically happens to the people closest to me. They get the brunt of my stress even though they had nothing to do with it. If instead, I try to be extra kind, when I finally get out of the craziness, it’s like the universe doubles my blessing. This is in my experience of course.
Sage – Upcoming Superstar
“The best advice I can give is to really get in tune with your inner self. When you become awakened to the secret of the universe, you realize the power of your thoughts and where it can take you. It requires completely stepping out of your reality and that’s the hardest part. I had to instill in my mind that NOTHING which comes in my path is unbearable. I’m a soldier, and I AM capable of the impossible. God is real. We are powerful and unbreakable spirits living a human experience. I truly believe we can accomplish anything our soul desires here on Earth.” – Sage