Is There a Recipe for Having it All?
“The measure of success is more valid when it originates from within you, rather than when it is determined by external factors beyond your control.”
By Karen Brookman
As a female executive I think a lot about the future, the goals I want to achieve in business, in my personal life and the contribution I want to make in the world. I have often been faced with internal conflict when feeling forced to choose one priority at the expense of another.
Earlier in my career I attended a business dinner where the guest speaker, a powerful woman who was running a successful multi-national company, addressed the women in the audience by saying, “If you think you can have it all, you can’t. If you think you can run a successful business, be involved in your community, raise children, and have a happy marriage, you can’t. My advice is, pick two.”
These words represented her life’s lesson and they hit me hard. I found myself feeling a combination of shock, anger, and discouragement all at the same time. I didn’t want to believe her message. The words, “pick two” have stayed with me and fueled my desire to find a way to prove that women can have it all.