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Your Weaknesses Can Say as Much About You as Your Strengths– So Work on Them

This weekend I spent some time working on my strengths. I entered a time trial race and got 2nd place. It’s really fun at times to focus on what you are good at. But, in athletics as with life, sometimes most energy should be focused on weaknesses.

For example, I am a good, strong flat rider. But why would I go out and ride the flats all the time? All that is going to do is reinforce what I am already good at. There are two things that are my weaknesses in riding – leg speed and hills. Therefore, I should spend as much of my riding time as possible working on both those things.

On Being a Woman and Winning a Yahoo! Hack Night as a “Demographic Outlier”

Photo credit: Sarah Clatterbuck

I just entered my first hack day a few weeks ago. And, to my surprise and delight, I was selected a winner. For those of you who don’t know, a hack day is where engineers take 24 hours and build their own ideas for products and then the ideas are judged. At Yahoo! We do this twice per year, and the judges are typically a panel of executives and architects.

Organized Sports Teach Women How to Be Strong, How to Fight, and How to Win

When I was a girl, I did not have a full slate of athletic options. In required Physical Education classes, we played Dodge Ball–a heinous form of Gotcha, in my opinion–although, I’ll grant, Vince Vaughn as captain of a dodgeball team softened the punch of this game by taking outcasts and oddballs under his rather large wing. In my experience, Dodge Ball existed because it entertained our teachers. We also played Red Rover, volleyball, half-court basketball, and the one that toughened us the most: field hockey without shin guards.

Progressive Goal Setting and Success: How I Trained Myself to Tour Long Distances

I am a believe in progressive goal setting as a means to achieve greater success over time. It is probably attributable to a degree of risk aversion in my personality coupled with a strong desire to accomplish new things.

The Kern County Women’s Stage Cycling Race, and the Glory of Coming in Last

The Tour de France has long held a cherished tradition of awarding its last place finisher the “Lanterne Rouge.” Normally, losing a race is nothing to be excited about. But, the epic cycling stage race is so difficult that fully one-third of the riders who start are unable to finish the race. And thus, the Lanterne Rouge is an honor unto itself.

Bragging Is an Art: No One Knows How Great You Are Until You Tell Them

Question: why don’t women brag more? I’m not saying women don’t brag, or that men do brag, but I am asking why women don’t brag more.

I talked to three different women today who weren’t sure what to write about for this publication. (Yes, I realize I talk about enableher. a lot, but what can I say– it’s given me a lot to write about.) And all three of them had trouble because they were trying to start at the beginning. They wondered how to write on how they began their career, or how they remember their first classes, or they were at a loss as to what point they should even begin.

The State of the Woman in the Workplace in 2011: It Could Be Better

Last night, I attended a talk in San Francisco’s pariSoma building in SOMA given by Nita Singh Kaushal, Founder of Miss CEO. My intentions were to pick up some tips, likely ones that I’d heard before, meet other women, and see if there were any interested writers for enableher.

As we sat through introductions and Nita began with statistics on the state of women in the workplace from this year, 2011, I began to feel I was going to get more out of this than I originally thought. The numbers flashed on screen: “women are making an average of 77.5 cents for every dollar a man makes,” “female CEOs are receiving compensation packages that were 85% the size of male CEOs, controlling for company size and other variables,” “40% of women are primary household breadwinners.”

How to Become a Writer for enableher.

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There are two ways to contribute to enableher…

we’re looking for weekly, bi-weekly, and monthly columnists

Take a look at all the categories and subcategories we have listed on the site. If you think you can contribute on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis to any one of those categories (OR, if you think a category is missing, I’ll add it!), talk to us! We don’t limit you on what you want to write about, as long as it falls within the themes of positivity, encouragement, and inspiration. Talk about yourself, talk about the amazing people you know, talk about advice you’d like to share with others– believe it or not, your words could change someone else’s life.

As a Weekly Columnist, you will be featured on our Authors List with your photo, biography, and contact information if desired. You’ll have your own blogger account, and your own profile page that will list all the articles that you write for us. Your picture and title will also be listed in the right-hand column of all the categories that you write for. You must be available to make a commitment to write one article per week, bi-weekly, or monthly, (but of course we’re flexible if you need a break now and then– life happens :) . If you’re interested, fill out the form in the Write For Us page!

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Find yourself procrastinating on that memoir you keep meaning to start, and you don’t have time to be a regular columnist? Share your story with us as a Guest Blogger, and contribute to our collection of inspiring success! We want to gather as many stories and tips as we can from women just like you who have experienced what it’s like to work hard and achieve your goals. Give back by sharing what you went through, and what you wish you knew then that you know now. Whether you have a piece of advice, or just want to tell your own personal history, we want to hear from you!

As a Guest Blogger, you will be featured on our Guest Blogger List with your photo, biography, and contact information if desired. There is no obligation to write for us regularly. If you’re interested, fill out the form in the Write For Us page!

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We are dedicated to anyone who wishes they had a female mentor or a strong role model, and to every woman who has achieved or wants to achieve her own success. We’re here to tell your stories, and inspire others to reach their ambitions with real life examples.

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And the only way we can achieve all three goals is with your help and your stories.

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AUTHOR LIST

Jessica Chan
Jessica Chan
enableher. Editor
Connye Griffin
Connye Griffin
Teacher, Writer, and Editor
Sarah Clatterbuck
Sarah Clatterbuck
Cycling-crazed Techie