Listen to Nanon de Gaspe Beaubien-Mattrick describe how fear can debilitate women and keep them from taking risks and standing out.
The first thing I would share I think would be the word fear. And what I mean by fear is, the fear of taking a risk, the fear of sharing, the fear of saying I don’t have all of the information, I’d better keep quiet. In all the research shows that men, who cares, risk yourself. Women, no. I’ve got to make sure I’ve checked every box before I speak. I think it was Eleanor Roosevelt who said every day you should do one thing that you fear, and I kind of start my day and I think ok, wow, there’s more than one thing today, but I’m going to make that effort, I’m going to risk myself, I’m going to push the envelope a little bit, because I know that by pushing the envelope I’m taking risks, and if I’m not taking risks, I’m not growing, I’m not learning. So fear is something that I think a lot of women, they don’t want to risk themselves because they have to be, I’m not saying perfect, but they have to be able to check all the boxes and that’s very, it stops you from taking the step and risking and having the courage to risk is really important.