In this podcast episode, I discuss the complex emotions, particularly grief, that can come with success, especially for women. I reflect on how societal norms have traditionally taught us to expect a savior and a straightforward path to happiness through conventional milestones like education, a stable job, and a partner. This programming often leads us away from traditional safety nets and into the world of entrepreneurship and self-reliance.
I discuss the current culture of entrepreneurship among women and how social media constantly bombards us with messages of easy success and the allure of being one's own boss. I emphasize the significance of women's entrepreneurship, particularly in light of historical restrictions on women's financial independence.
However, success isn't as straightforward or fulfilling as it's often portrayed. I share my personal journey, revealing a pivotal moment during a successful financial year when I questioned the true value and meaning of success. This led to a profound sense of grief as I realized that success and money don't inherently solve life's complexities or bring lasting happiness.
I discuss how success often leads to a dependence on continuous achievements, transforming what once were exciting victories into mere expectations. This realization that success is self-created, without any external savior, can be overwhelming and can shatter previously held beliefs and expectations.
I also touch on the loneliness and misunderstanding that can come with success. Others may view your problems as less significant or enviable. This episode includes a story about a client who experienced similar feelings of grief when they faced the ongoing responsibilities of creating and maintaining success.
It is important to understand and evaluate one's beliefs and motivations. I share my own strategies for coping, including restructuring my business, setting boundaries, and focusing on sustainable long-term strategies.
I encourage you to confront your feelings and understand that happiness and contentment come from within, not from external achievements. The episode is a call to acknowledge and work through the grief that can come with success, understanding that it's a normal part of the journey.