No matter what path you choose to follow in life, you’ll reach success when you find your own happiness.
This is something only you can define for yourself. There is no guidebook, roadmap or timeframe that can lead you to achieve it. What it means to you and how you accomplish it, it’s entirely up to you.
For many, success is represented by attaining wealth, accomplishment and career progression. For others, it could mean a sense of giving back to the world and making a difference.
Success comes in many different shapes and sizes.
As Michelle Obama put it: “Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude."
In an age when women are still fighting for equal pay and opportunities in leadership roles, let’s not forget that true success can only start as an inner process which embraces womanhood, and all the wonderful things that come with the simple fact of being a woman.
I’ve had the privilege of having been raised in an environment where success was very palpable. From a very young age, I watched my mother and grandmother work hard, with incredible dignity and self-belief, never complaining or comparing themselves to others. They showed me how to appreciate myself and be proud of who I truly am: my roots, my history and my sex.
And for me, this is where success begins. The appreciation of our self-worth and a deep sense of respect for ourselves.
When you value yourself, you can bring that value into your life and choose to be or do things which contribute to your happiness. Because success is merely enjoying the feeling of accomplishment that comes from living the way you want to live. It’s about having the guts to go after your dreams and make them happen.
Being successful is, therefore, intrinsically linked to your personality.
Whether your success translates into being a loving wife, dedicated mother or the CEO of a global organisation, there are certain personality traits that highly successful women all have in common.
Successful women love what they do and have a relentless determination to become better. It will be hard for you to give up on something when you are passionate, because you won’t care about the results. What’s more, passionate women perceive obstacles as an opportunity for growth. If they fail, they pick themselves up and keep going. This strength of character is fuelled by their passion, because the things that they are passionate about, are the things that bring fulfillment into their lives.
Passion is Aries’ and Leo’s most dominant personality trait. These fire signs are renowned for their feisty personality and sunny disposition. Their passion gets them fired up and ready to take on the world by storm.
Women with ambition have a very clear idea about their goals and what they want in life. They know that great things don’t come easily and are prepared to work long and hard to achieve them. They dream big and their goals are always high, but at the same time, they’re disciplined, resourceful and focused, qualities that enable them to do whatever it takes to achieve them.
Scorpio and Taurus are the two zodiac signs characterised by being highly ambitious. These women have a strong competitive character that pushes them to strive for greatness. When they want something they just go for it and when they have their eye on something , there is nothing that can get in their way.
High resilient women are able to rise above difficult situations with ease and equanimity. They have an inner ability to get up after they’ve fallen down and piece things back together when everything falls apart. While for many obstacles, setbacks and defeats will be a distraction, the resilient lot have tenacity to harness the negative into positive and continue to move forward without hesitation. They don’t get distracted or defeated by adversity instead they learn how to maneuver through it.
Virgo and Capricorn women are the most resilient signs of the zodiac. They are goal-setters with the determination and self-discipline to persevere when things get tough, allowing them to achieve just about anything that they put their mind into.
Optimistic women are full of energy and enthusiasm. Optimism is defined as “the quality of being full of hope and emphasising the good parts of a situation, or a belief that something good will happen.”
Having an optimistic nature doesn’t necessarily mean to engage in wishful or fantastic thinking. It’s simply choosing to see the positive side of any situation and turn it into an advantageous opportunity. This bright attitude and positive thinking can play a crucial role in failing or succeeding.
Optimism is one of the leading qualities of the Sagittarius and Pisces’ woman. They are always enthusiastic about life and optimistic about the future. This drives them to believe that they can make all of their dreams come true if they just chase them hard enough.
Women who are strong minded, are empowered. They possess a healthy self-image and take responsibility for their life. They have an entrepreneurial spirit, which, by its very nature, requires them to consider possibilities that most aren't brave enough to try. Their ‘out of the box’ way of thinking enables them to tackle tasks and come up with new ideas and solutions that nobody else can see. Confident women are also incredibly intuitive, allowing their instincts to take lead and following them with conviction and trust.
Aquarius and Gemini women have a confident disposition. They are pretty aware of their capabilities and know they can ride any situation, even the trickiest one.
Every successful woman has a strong sense of compassion. She is able to put herself in the place of another person and experience their feelings. Empathetic women are able to see things differently and learn from another’s perspective. Empathy in action is understanding another woman’s struggles and offering to help. It is appreciating the different ways women choose to succeed, whether that means being a mother, working for a big corporate, running their own business or simply travelling the world.
As the popular saying goes, “people may not remember your actions, but they will remember how you made them feel.”
Cancer and Libra women have a generous, giving and empathetic nature. They can easily put themselves on other people’s shoes and are frequently willing to drop everything to lend their support. They have a strong natural instinct to nurture and protect the people and things they care about.
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