Though there are many successful female leaders in business, ‘the glass ceiling’ is still a very real and invisible barrier, preventing women from reaching their potential. And, when they do rise up to high level roles, they are often paid less than their male counterparts. Men are still viewed as the default business leaders, despite women being often regarded as better leaders. Millennial women are working to change this dynamic.
Rachel Brownlow-Lund started as a ghostwriter and worked her way to leading three publications. But she didn’t stop there. Lund is now involved in various leadership roles and now runs her own business, Me2Lead, empowering other ambitious millennial women to become well-connected, confident, and well-paid leaders.
We were lucky enough to speak to Rachel about Me2Lead and her tips on fast-tracking your career.
WHAT IS ME2LEAD?
I started Me2Lead as a way to help others fast-track their business leadership skills, reclaim my time, and monetize something I’d been doing for free for years: coaching and consulting. I’d already started a couple businesses on my own—one that was successful and another not so much—and had helped several friends successfully launch their businesses.
The women I work with have a strong desire to make a positive impact on the world through their business, their message and their earning potential. I help them build their confidence, expand possibilities, create high-level strategy and overcome mindset blocks so they can show up in the world in a way that truly helps and inspires others.
YOU EXUDE CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF, YOUR WORK, AND WITH OTHER PEOPLE. HAVE YOU ALWAYS HAD THIS CONFIDENCE? IF NOT, HOW DID YOU DEVELOP IT?
I feel much more comfortable in my own skin than I did when I launched my first business. Heck, I feel more confident than I did at this time last year! Building confidence is definitely a process. It’s something I help clients with, but it’s also something I’m constantly working on myself— sometimes through mindset or energy work, and other times through simply facing what scares me. For example, if I want to test out new content or speak in front of a larger group or audience than I’m used to, I’ll schedule something that will stretch me— something I know I can’t easily to get out of. The thing is, I know that once it’s booked, I’ll do what it takes to do the best I possibly can! When you find ways to consistently push yourself and stretch your comfort zone, you’ll notice that your comfort zone expands, and so does your confidence! Like Barbara Stanny wrote in her book Secrets of Six-Figure Women: “Feel the fear. Have the doubts. Go for it anyway.”
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO?
Hands down it’s seeing something that was once a stumbling block for a client melt away and watching that client step into her empowered new normal. For instance, I had a client come to me who was struggling with confidence. She was the owner of several successful businesses and had somehow managed to stay behind the scenes for years. Her lack of confidence had gotten to the point where she didn’t feel comfortable attending networking events or even introducing herself to customers. We worked on her confidence issues on several different levels – emotional, energetic, and also on a very practical level, even creating custom scripts for her to use – and within a few weeks she was introducing herself to customers and attending multiple networking events a week!
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE COMMON STRUGGLES MILLENNIAL WOMEN FACE IN BUSINESS/CAREERS/ INCREASING EARNING POTENTIAL?
Self-doubt. The women I work with are ambitious; they want to help others and make their mark on the world. And even so, they continue to struggle with things like charging what they’re worth, claiming ownership of their accomplishments, and getting their message out there. A lot of that boils down to self-doubt. If someone has self-doubt hanging over their head—in any of its iterations: comparisonitis, imposter syndrome, perfectionism—then it can prevent them from living life at their highest potential. That’s not only a loss for them, it’s also a loss for the world.
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS FOR MILLENNIAL WOMEN WHO WANT TO FAST-TRACK THEIR CAREER?
1. Do what it takes to live in a state of gratitude. It’s an energetic principle that the more you’regrateful for, the more will flow your way. When you’re perpetually grateful, you’ll attract more high-vibe people and notice opportunities that were never available to you before, in turn giving you more to be grateful for.
2. You have a personal brand whether you realize it or not. Make sure you’re presenting yourself in the way you want to be presented. Embrace your differences, find your voice, and speak up!
3. Nothing is risk free. If you’re looking to grow your assets, I recommend investing in yourself and any skills related to business, mindset, money, and self-improvement. Not only can you use those new skills going forward, they also have the potential to yield a much higher return than if you were to spend that money on, say, real estate.
4. Where you are in every area of life is directly tied to your mindset. What you think is possible, and how comfortable you are with what you currently have is the fastest way to upgrade anything, whether that’s your career, connections, wealth, or another area of life, is by upgrading your mindset.
5. Find ways to normalize what you want for yourself. If you want to be successful, surround yourself with successful people. If you want to be wealthy, surround yourself with people who are even more wealthy than you intend to be. Find ways to absorb their higher-level ways of thinking, even if that just means reading their books or listening to them on podcasts.