Well, I think it means you’ve made it once you receive your first piece of hate mail. I received the following email through the contact form on my blog. The kicker? It came from a K12 student email address, which means my critic is likely under 18 years old.
The content of the email doesn’t bother me, in fact, my first reaction was to laugh it off. I’m not going to let one small criticism keep me from pursuing my passions. However, the more I thought about it, the more it raised a broader issue in my mind. Women should strive to empower other women.
As a woman relatively young in her career, it can be challenging enough without other girls trying to tear you down. I’m sure many of us have experienced this at some point in our lives. I am lucky to have an employer who is incredibly supportive and provides personal and professional development opportunities.
It’s very unfortunate that one young girl could so blindly write hateful, belittling comments. Starting a blog was hard enough. It’s intimidating to put yourself out there. But even with the hate mail, I’m so thankful I went for it. I couldn’t have done it without the initial support I received from my friends and family. I love receiving comments from my readers, and I truly value constructive suggestions and ways to improve.
Take a minute and think about the women in your lives who have made a positive impact. They provide encouragement, support and positive energy. Whether you have a goal you’re personally trying to achieve or you have a friend who is venturing out to try something new, own it like a true #GIRLBOSS. Be confident and empower others to do the same.