A Women’s Network

| September 8, 2011 | 0 Comments

During the month of August, the San Diego Convention Center was the site of a BlogHer conference. A good friend of mine, who is a producer at KUSI TV, introduced me to the event. Had it not been for him, I might have missed out on a great opportunity.

What I quickly learned is that there is a social media mechanism that is specifically for women. And, I was impressed with the women who are a part of this effort.

One of the women who I was introduced to via the BlogHer conference is Tara Sophia Mohr . She is a writer, coach and personal growth teacher based in San Francisco, Calif. Her work focuses on helping individuals create more authentic, fulfilled lives. With an MBA from Stanford University and her undergraduate degree in English literature from Yale, Mohr takes a unique approach to personal growth work that blends mind and heart, intellectual rigor and intuitive wisdom.

What I learned is that Mohr feels that this is “our time,” for women that is. She said that we need to amplify our voices, not mimic the status quo. This is the time for a women’s perspective in various industries and outlets, including political, media, entertainment, health and business. I listened and then asked how the use of social media has impacted this effort.

She shared with me that women are using social media to communicate with each other on a variety of topics, personal, family, health and business related. Women want to be empowered with knowledge. This I truly understood.

Mohr said that there are a lot of “creative women” who are blogging as a means to validate their passions and desires. She said with this mechanism we can share and sell our ideas, perspectives and hopes.

Mohr then said something that was really impactful, she said that “we get assignments from the universe…this is my work to do.” That statement really hit close to home, as one would say.

Then she asked the question, “What calling have you been given in your life today?”

With that question, I sat and pondered. Mohr broke the silence by saying that we need to consider doing meaningful callings, to identify our dream(s).

I also learned of Mohr’s “10 Rules for Brilliant Women” (www.taramohr.com/10rules) that she has shared with tens of thousands of women around the world. I have abbreviated the content of each rule, with focus on the primary point.

  1. Make a pact.
  2. Imagine it. Envision it.
  3. Gasp. Start doing things that make you gasp and get the adrenalin flowing.
  4. Get a thick skin. If you take risks, sometimes you’ll get a standing ovation, and sometimes, people will throw tomatoes.
  5. Be an arrogant idiot. You can afford to move a few inches in that direction.
  6. Question the voice that says “I’m not ready yet.”
  7. Don’t wait for your Oscar. Don’t wait to be praised, anointed, or validated.
  8. Filter advice. Most brilliant women are humble and open to guidance. Test advice and evaluate the results, rather than following it wholesale.
  9. Recover and restore. If you start doing the things that make you gasp, doing what you don’t quite feel ready to do, and being more of an arrogant idiot, you are going to be stretching out of our comfort zone–a lot. When you’re running low, stop, recover and restore.
  10. Let other women know they are brilliant.

After reading and absorbing this information, I can understand why Mohr has earned a following of female students who go to her for coaching, attend her speaking engagements and stay connected via her social media outlets.

Mohr is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and her writing on leadership and wellbeing has been featured in USA Today, the International Business Times, Ode Magazine, Forbes, and numerous other publications. She is also a poet, and the author of The Real Life: Poems for Wise Living. Visit www.taramohr.com to learn more.

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