How Women Entrepreneurs Build Confidence

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In May, women leaders from around the world gathered in New York City for the Forbes Women’s Summit (sponsored by Ashford University) to discuss entrepreneurship and empowerment. Speakers included Shiza Shahid, CEO of the Malala Fund, and Admiral Michelle Howard of the US Navy.

We had a chance to interview several participants and get their thoughts on what it takes to build confidence. They contributed their words of wisdom to this short video:

Taking a new action for the very first time can be scary. You may feel lost, like you have no idea what you’re doing, let alone whether it will turn out alright in the end. Therefore, in order to reach your goal, you need confidence – both in your own abilities and in others’ willingness to support you.

How to Be an Entrepreneur

What is an entrepreneur? To be an entrepreneur takes a lot of confidence. Starting a business means taking risks. You have to give time, effort, and money, without any certainty that you’ll see a return on your investment.

But as Admiral Howard says, “You cannot cross the sea by merely standing and staring from the shoreline. So you have to commit to the journey, and take that first step. Push that boat out upon the waters, and test yourself.” Stepping out into the unknown – that perfectly captures the entrepreneurial spirit.

We’d love to hear from you, too. How do you build confidence to take risks and test yourself? Share your thoughts with the Ashford community through our social media.

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Written by Michael Mussman
Michael is Editor of Forward Thinking, the Ashford University blog.

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