1. A strong woman will teach you courage.
‘Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.’ – Helen Keller
I learned to stand strong in the face of danger, and had strong supportive women to thank for showing me what courage is. My mother and aunts showed me that we are still secure as we step away from them and they also showed me how to dust ourselves of after a fall and try again.
2. A strong woman will teach you to love yourself.
‘It’s not your job to like me, it’s mine.’ – Byron Katie
Self-love is a skill that will take you far in your life. Friends and acquaintances touch and support you sometimes in ways you don’t expect. But they also taught me along my journey to love, respect and forgive myself. Thanks to all that taught me this along the way.
3. A Strong woman will teach you to be independent.
‘I think the girl who is able to earn her own living and pay her own way should be as happy as anybody on Earth. The sense of independence and security is very sweet.’ – Susan B. Anthony
An independently and fierce minded woman does not want to hear from you, for example ‘You can’t do that.’ Strong women can do anything that they set their minds to.
4. A strong woman will teach you to choose kindness.
‘Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.’ – Mother Teresa
There is a tradition in Chinese Buddhism called ‘filial piety’ which is the ‘virtuous act of being good to one’s parents; being respectful and courteous to one’s parents in honor of realizing and repaying one’s parents’ immense kindness and love for their child.’ The idea of repaying your parents and especially your mother or other strong female role models for their support is an attitude of gratitude that other cultures can embrace as well.
5. A strong woman will teach you how to trust your gut.
‘Never apologize for trusting your intuition. Your brain can play tricks, your heart can be blind, but your gut is always right.’ – Rachel Wolchin
Intuition will take you far in your life if you learn to hear what your gut is telling you. Thanks to my mentors in my career they always advised me in face of a decision, tune in and trust your gut. It’s an ability that takes time to learn and it takes a moment of stillness.
6. A strong woman will teach you to be a mother to others.
‘A woman is the full circle. Within her is the ability to create, nurture, and transform.’ – Diane Mariechild
Always send down the elevator to surround yourself with other female leaders. The female role models that you’ve had, have shown you how to demonstrate caring for others with your actions. Even if you are not a parent yourself, you still have it in your gene to create, to nurture and transform in terms of embracing, supporting others in their growth to then watch them as they go out and apply what they have learned.
7. A strong woman will teach you to create happiness.
‘You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.’ – Ethel Barrymore
You can find happiness and joy anywhere, if you know how. Learning this skill is something that you can use many times a day by embracing the humour of a situation and the ability to laugh about yourself.
8. A strong woman will teach you that emotions are powerful.
‘Never be ashamed of how you feel. You have the right to feel any emotion you want.’ – Demi Lovato
Feeling emotional is not a weakness, it is a strength when you use those feelings to understand yourself. Anger, fear, joy and sadness often appear when you experience something that is important to you.
What have you learned from the women around you?