7 Habits for an Empowered Life

By Jen Groover

Habits are behaviors we choose both consciously and subconsciously. They define the outcome of our days. Positive, productive habits give us better outcomes than destructive habits, and the most powerful habits are those that begin with understanding and controlling your thoughts. Though the following habits are not often discussed in common dialogue, they have been critical in all of my work and personal transformation. Each can be quickly adapted and easily applied — so long as the ego does not overrule your desires.

The solid foundation of change, growth, and evolution begins with a commitment to being more mindful. Once you become more mindful, you can expand your awareness. Paying attention to how your every thought causes actions and reactions, you can effectively evaluate which behaviors are serving you well and which are damaging and holding you back from the results your truly desire. Become aware of every word you chose and the outcome it can create. Be thoughtful about who you surround yourself with and how they affect your energy and sense of self. Become in tune with how the foods and drinks you consume affect your energy, mental clarity and moods. Even be mindful of what you watch on TV and what you read and how it can affect your perception of the world, positively or negatively. Eliminate the people and exterior influences that drain you and increase the people and things that increase your energy and lift you up.

Forgiveness equals freedom. When you hold onto anger and resentment, the only person you are hurting is yourself. Forgiveness allows you to grow, expand, and evolve. Once you can forgive easily, you can fully realize the benefits of your ego being in check. The silliest part of holding onto anger is that usually the people you are mad at don’t care anyway, so it is a total waste of energy that can be used more positively and effectively elsewhere.

My mom had a mantra, “You are not allowed to complain about something unless you are going to do something about it.” This mantra was a gift to teach me to have a “solution-driven” mindset which is positive and productive vs. a negative, complaining, and draining mindset which only holds you back. A day without complaints is like being on your favorite island, where everything is perfect.

Gratitude is one of the most powerful emotions that brings peace in every situation. It gives you a mindset of abundance that brings more of what you desire into your life. Be grateful for everything that has happened in your life, good or bad, because all of these circumstances have led you to where you are and where you are going to go.

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The Global Rise of Female Entrepreneurs

Women’s entrepreneurship has hit a media tipping point. The question is: Is it just a passing media fad that will soon be a blip on the radar screen, or is it actually a real, fundamental economic force that’s reshaping the world? I think it’s safe to say that it’s the latter. Women-owned entities in the formal sector represent approximately 37% of enterprises globally — a market worthy of attention by businesses and policy makers alike.

While aggregated data is often challenging to find, the recent Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) found 126 million women starting or running businesses, and 98 million operating established (over three and a half years) businesses. That’s 224 million women impacting the global economy — and this survey counts only 67 of the 188 countries recognized by the World Bank.


Smart companies are watching this trend. They see that women — including the billion women entering the formal economy as employees and entrepreneurs — will dictate their business success. Coca-Cola sees five million women entrepreneurs as part of its global supply chain by 2020. Wal-Mart understands the power of women-led firms to innovate compelling products. Itau perceives the 50% of Brazilian entrepreneurs that are women as a core market, and other members of the Global Banking Alliance for Women think similarly. And all firms should realize that in the war for talent, women are increasingly seeing entrepreneurship as a compelling alternative if a career path appears stunted.

Entrepreneurial activity creates growth and prosperity — and solutions for social problems. And today’s trends show that women will be a driving force of entrepreneurial growth in the future.

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by Jackie VanderBrug


Muriel Siebert, a Determined Trailblazer for Women on Wall Street

Muriel Siebert

Muriel Siebert, who became a legend on Wall Street as the first woman to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange and the first woman to head one of the exchange’s member firms, died on Saturday in Manhattan. She was 84.

The cause was complications of cancer, said Jane H. Macon, a friend and board member of Ms. Siebert’s firm, the Siebert Financial Corporation.

Ms. Siebert, known to all as Mickie, cultivated the same brash attitude that characterized Wall Street’s most successful men. She bought her seat on the exchange in 1967, but to her immense anger, she remained the only woman admitted to membership for almost a decade.

She was one of the pioneers in the discount brokerage field, as she transformed Muriel Siebert & Company (now a subsidiary of Siebert Financial) into a discount brokerage in 1975, on the first day that Big Board members were allowed to negotiate commissions.

She also was the first woman to be superintendent of banking for New York State, appointed by Gov. Hugh Carey in 1977. She served five years during a rocky time when banks were tottering and interest rates were skyrocketing.

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Women Leadership Summit – June 2013

It sounds wild, and it was. It was hot. Literally. The air conditioner wasn’t working, but I didn’t mind, because what happened on Wednesday night at the gym of Regis High School in Manhattan was just that riveting. I left the Women’s Empowerment Summit feeling like my brain had been seeded with diamonds.

I know Yao Huang, one of the founders of the event (and of The Hatchery, where, among other things, tech companies can pitch to investors) through Science House, where I’m the EVP for Business Development. Yao wants to see more women CEOs in the Fortune 100. Right now, only 3% of the top leadership roles belong to women.

“It’s time to talk about power,” Yao said, adding that the summit was just the beginning of a movement that will include a takeover of Bryant Park in September.

The lineup included Frances Hesselbein, who served as CEO of the Girl Scouts for many years, Christine Comaford, whose brain-based approach to leadership has served presidents and many CEOs, and Carole Hyatt, bestselling author and entrepreneur. They were absolutely spellbinding and the knowledge they shared was incredibly valuable in a way that can be instantly put into practice. The moderator was Gabriella Stern, deputy managing editor for The Wall Street Journal Digital Network.


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