One of our friends is famous. Oh, you won’t know his name, but if you worked in the highly esoteric field in which he works, you would. He is known for his huge brain and accomplisments in a field in which I am clueless. Then again, I can barely do long division and sometimes fail the simple arithmetic Captchas. Just sayin’.
Anyway, here’s the thing. Our friend is fun and funny and able to carry on conversations with those of us who don’t approach his level of smarts.
And he also has a healthy ego. High self-esteem.
By that I mean that he knows who he is and what he has accomplished and is super-secure in that.
There is no false modesty here. He owns his many achievements.
I find that refreshing, because I am a woman and spend most of my time with other women, many of whom simply can not acknowledge their own strengths and accomplishments.
Maybe they think it unseemly. Or unfeminine.
I think this inability to own our accomplishments is why so many women have issues with self-esteem.
We know all the things we don’t like about ourselves, but how much time have we spent patting ourselves on the back for our strengths?
If we can’t own our own achievements, how can we expect others to?
Suppose I asked you what your #1 accomplishment was. Many of you would be able to tell me, I’m sure. But some women couldn’t. They’re self-effacing. They don’t view their strengths as part of who they are. They don’t wear their power.
So, let’s change that conversation a bit.
I’m asking you to strut your stuff right here in the Comments section.
Let us all know who you are at your best–what are your strengths or accomplishments?
What’s the thing you do best? That you pat yourself on the back about privately but may not share?
And if there’s more than one, all the better!
So tell us: