On Monday I returned to my office after five-weeks away.
Chicago. Wisconsin. Amsterdam. Thailand. Nepal. Japan.
What a profound trip.
I had expected to be much more public about it…
To share my experiences in real time.
To write emails.
To create videos.
To post photos.
But instead I was very private.
I was introspective.
Instead of having my fingers glued to the laptop keyboard,
I carried with me a 10″ x 10″ sketchbook.
I wrote in pencil.
And I wrote a lot…
I filled 123 pages, to be exact.
I wrote about business.
I wrote about pleasure.
I wrote about spirit.
I wrote about purpose.
Words shape our reality.
We think in words.
We write in words.
We speak in words.Words are incredibly important if we want to stay empowered
…no matter what language you speak.In September I will travel to Tokyo on behalf of the U.S. State Department to do 5-city speaking tour across Japan. My client, the United States government, is hiring me to empower young Japanese women to enter the workforce and start businesses.On that trip we won’t use the word “Badass”….we’ll pick a Japanese word that holds the same energy and cultural relevance. If we’re going to give young women in Japan the OK to dream a big dream and stand up for what they want in business, we have to give them a word to describe themselves….a word that they can use over and over and over again every time they look in the mirror.
The new “Ban Bossy” campaign founded by Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook) and Anna Maria Chávez (Girl Scouts) proves exactly how important words can be to a girl’s desire to lead. The research is conclusive: Between elementary school and high school, girls’ self-esteem drops 3.5 times more than boys’. As they are banning the word “bossy,” I’m thinking about the words we should inject.
In the end, it comes down to each one of us to label ourselves
…or risk the world labeling us.
Pick the words you use to relate to yourself powerfully.
Those words shape your entire notion of what you’re capable of.
And we here at Badass think YOU…the person sitting in your underwear…
Has something so unique and brilliant inside you
That you’d be doing the world a disservice
By being anything other than your BIGGEST, most BADASS self.
Go get ‘em, tiger.
The world needs you.