Women Tell Women is a project born out of a moment of professional doubt. The ethos of success has become so casual, even the smallest defeats feel like an aberration. And for me an aberration often turns into an avalanche of shame.
Why so? Because like so many women, I live and breathe my work; it makes me immensely happy. To work with intention – it’s a privilege but also a choice. Psychotherapist and essayist Adam Phillips wrote that “there are journeys in which we know where we are going, and journeys in which we do not; or do not need to”. Very often the purpose of our work is obscure until it dawns on us one day, letting us recognize our courage and ambition amidst uncertainty.
This project is a quest for answers that hopefully can help us build a healthier relationship with our work.
This project is a quest for answers that hopefully can help us build a healthier relationship with our work. A bond that is based on self-respect and trust in our own skills and decisions. How many times an unthoughtful comment has made you question your own credentials? When was the last time you didn’t compare your success with that of others? Following your gut is hard but necessary to live by your own truth.
The contexts we find ourselves in professionally are always a test of character. Fulfillment is intrinsically linked with the rules we choose to play by. Hard work is only one perquisite of success but there are many others that we must remind ourselves about – empathy, fairness, agility, kindness. The list can go on, but I believe it’s about time to give voice to amazing women who were willing to share their reflections on working life.