3. You Can Achieve Success With Or Without Kids

Whether you are one of the growing numbers of “Mompreneurs” or a single lady rocking the corporate world, two questions are bound to come up.

  1. When are you going to settle down and pop out some kids?
  2. Don’t you think you would be a more effective business women if you didn’t have to deal with kids?

While it is certainly challenging juggling your own business and a family – it is not impossible and doesn’t make you a lesser a leader.

And if you are choosing the motherhood less path – that doesn’t make you less of a woman.

 Instead of playing into traditional gender roles, reject them. Don’t let it define you as a person or how you view success. Because the interesting hurdles that we have to jump as women are what makes so many female entrepreneurs great CEOs.

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Mothers are inspirational entrepreneurs

4. Coping With The Fear of Failure

In Asian culture, the fear of failure holds women and men back in various elements of their lives. It is so important not to “lose face” and bring shame to the entire family. This mentality can make the risk of starting a business scary as hell.

The gender bias can also be a pain point for many female entrepreneurs. We start to worry that no one will take us seriously or that they are only interested in our ideas because they want to hop on the female empowerment bandwagon.

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Women in technology symposium

When I first started Mailbird, I failed. I learned. I got up and tried again. I hustled and hustled to make connections and partnerships with influential people and companies.

You gain a sense of wisdom through the failures, mistakes, and successes you put into building your growing company. It’s awesome.

The bottom line is that no one will care if you are a man or a woman if you are successful. So get out there and make your dreams come true. Stop buying into these excuses and turn them into your success story.

This post was originally published on Forbes.com as republished here, with permission of the author Andrea Loubier.