Throw out a random topic to a group of knowledgeable, opinionated, and experienced professional women and look out! You can expect something unique and thought-provoking to come about! A recent Virtual Breakfast Forum was no exception – the topic was “Big Enough – Building a Business That Fits Your Lifestyle” and, as usual, the conversation was informative and lively!
One common theme was that “Big Enough” means something different to everyone and is defined by our individual dreams and goals. When it comes to balancing our passion for service with the need to make a living, Lenka Holman of San Diego, Ca recommends considering three things: Treasure, Talent, and Time. These are not limitless so we should factor in where we apply all three.
Stephanie Cameron of San Antonio, Texas, referred to her “Red Zone Factors” as a way of recognizing when there may be a lack of balance in her life and the need for course correction. Changes in our work styles due to Covid-19 caused many of us to reconsider the way we work and why we work – in our pursuit of success and wealth have we fallen prey to how other people define “Big Enough?” It’s good to step back and recalibrate and determine if life changes have changed our perspective – comfort can be the enemy of positive change.
Considering the business-career-work-lifecycle led to a discussion of retirement which many of us agreed was an archaic concept. Lenka prefers the term “work optional lifestyle” and Dr. Karen Gedney of Carson City, Nevada completely blew our minds when she stated, “Retirement should be reframed to Re-WIRE-ment and Re-FIRE-ment!” Whether you’ve pursued a corporate career, an entrepreneurial route or devoted your time to the non-profit or public sector, we agreed that the finish line is not as clearly defined for the 21st-century woman.
Instead, we may find ourselves balancing our “treasure, talent and time” to allow us to embark on new endeavors – and possibly being able to monetize our passions! But at the end of the day, it’s up to each of us individually to define “Big Enough” in a way that will fit our lifestyle! You likely have your own opinion and insight on this and other topics, so if you’ve never experienced one of our Virtual Forums, join us as our VIP guest and join the discussion and conversation!
About Your Columnist
Michelle Bergquist is the Co-Founder and CEO of Connected Women of Influence, as well as a featured columnist for Women Lead, the official blog of Connected Women of Influence. Michelle is a passionate advocate for advancing women in business and believes more women can and should lead the way in business, industry and enterprise. Connected Women of Influence (CWI) is a national, invitation only association where women owners, executives and professionals connect, collaborate and cultivate a vast network of high-level affiliations, resources and professional relationships.