The term “glass ceiling” refers to the invisible limit placed on women in the corporate world.
Politics, power struggles, territoriality, and primal instincts bleed into the corporate world, making it even more challenging to empower women in business so they can rise to a level commensurate with their worth.
But if you run your own business, there’s no glass ceiling! Generating your own income is the best way to empower women in business. And the more we can empower women in business – their own business – the more choice and freedom women will have.
Or is there?
If you run your own business, no one from your company has ever told you, “sorry, but that’s your limit. You’re not allowed to make any more than that.”
Never. Not once.
Or have they…..?
The message you should be receiving from “headquarters” is, “go ahead, make all the money you want” because you don’t have a glass ceiling salary. The only one that exists is in your head.
Time and again I meet women who have given themselves their own glass ceiling. They limit their earning potential by assuming they couldn’t possibly deserve to be wealthy.
They falsely assume that to be wealthy you must have
been highly educated,
trained for years in a profession,
risen slowly through the ranks,
paid your dues,
know someone powerful,
be born into it,
marry into it,
invented a cure for some disease,
have an MBA, or
somehow have done something amazing in order to deserve the right to be wealthy.
In fact, if you don’t learn another thing about your business, know this:
You can become incredibly wealthy just by sharing your product, service, or knowledge and asking, “how can I serve you better?”
It’s that simple.
Don’t make it harder than it is. It doesn’t have to hurt and you don’t have to pay years and years of dues. You have the right to be wealthy so stop behaving like your life is a dress rehearsal.
If you justify an earning limit for yourself or rationalize why you can’t exceed it, you have created your own glass ceiling effect. The simple fact is that you are not limited to any number.
There is no limit, no ceiling, no point at which someone is going to tap you on the shoulder and say, “just who do you think you are? You don’t deserve to have an unlimited income, now give it all back. ”
You’re an adult
And unlike most of the women in the world, you have an uncredible opportunity to change your life and the lives of your family.
Don’t squander it.
If you continue to behave as if there is a limit, invisible or not, you will not reach your potential and you will doom yourself to accepting something lower than you deserve.
Choose today to stop waiting for someone else to promote you, give you the keys to the corner office, give you a transfer to a more prestigious position, or give you permission to out-earn the CEO.
You already have everything you need to change your situation. You just have to say, “yes.”