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Inspiration for Women Entrepreneurs: What is Your Legacy?

February 4, 2015

Business and entrepreneurial advice for women entrepreneurs

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Although everyone this week is talking about Sunday’s Super Bowl images, whether they were funny commercials, game winning catches or Katy Perry’s half time performance, I have focused on 3 images that graced my Women TIES Facebook feed. The photos along with their simple printed messages spoke to my core.

LaurenPhillips The first image is a photograph of a teenage granddaughter of Deborah Allison, one of our Ithaca members, holding a sign that reads “Women’s Equality Act.” The photo was entitled “Women’s Rights Activist in the Making.” The second photograph was taken by my sister of her daughter Lauren wearing a snow mobile helmet with the quote by Shakespeare that said, “And though she was little, she was fierce.” The final image was about Title IX and it read, “Between the Passage of Title IX in 1972, and 2013, the number of girls competing in high school sports rose by 2.9 million.” Every image reminds me that women have an obligation to other women, especially to the generation of young women following us. We must fight for equality in life, sports and business.

titleixIf you were asked, “What is the one thing you stand for that others know for certainty is true about you?” What is the answer? Your personal mission statement might be something based purely on your personal life or a community cause or your business purpose. Do you know what it is? Do others know what it is? Has it matured over the years or is it just blossoming? Is it something you think of every single day?

I know mine. I’ve known it for a very long time. I remember it every time I see images like the ones on my Facebook feed or when I hear women still earn less than men after years of striving for pay equality. My heart pounds when I think of the Syracuse Dome not filled to capacity for the women’s basketball or lacrosse teams and the fact that no one charges parking fees and only charges $5 admission tickets for the women’s games. What personally motivates me is the half empty dome for the women’s teams, the lack of money in women’s bank accounts and the young girls who have to follow us and our legacy to them.

Today’s blog post is truly meant to stir your own heart and vision. What in this world do you want to change with your life because life is too short to not have a strong purpose? One person can make a world of difference in the lives of others if they figure out their personal mission, embrace it and resolve to live it to the fullest. I ask you once again, “What stirs your heart, what injustice do you want to solve or who do you want to help today and in the future?”

Let images guide you. Let headlines in the media stir you. Let your heart pound for what you know you are meant to do. We have one life to live – one very precious life to live – live it better by knowing what counts in your life and especially how you can help others at the same time.

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  1. February 4, 2015 4:55 pm

    I LOVE this article Tracy! Many times in my life (after fighting and beating breast cancer, at the young death of my father, and when my children graduated), I have contemplated what I want people to remember about me. Knowing what I am passionate about ~ small business promotion, women in business ~ has given me to focus I need. I will be sharing this article for sure!

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    • February 4, 2015 6:52 pm

      Dear Kim:
      I am so glad you loved this post. I was feeling very strong feelings today and it inspired the post. I am so glad to be associated with women like you. I am sure you are excellent at small business promotion and women in business. We must meet some day. Thank you for your comments.
      Tracy

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  2. February 4, 2015 6:52 pm

    Dear Kim:

    I am so glad you loved this post. I was feeling very strong feelings today and it inspired the post. I am so glad to be associated with women like you. I am sure you are excellent at small business promotion and women in business. We must meet some day. Thank you for your comments.

    Tracy

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