Have you ever been a member of a religious cult? Although, it’s difficult to generalise, cults are often identified as communities that place rigorous restrictions on their members, demand separation from mainstream society and hold dogmatic and unconventional beliefs.
If you value freedom and autonomy, beware cults. But, here’s someone who was a cult member for several years. And she’s my Page 1 Woman.
According to research, most people fear public speaking more than death. So the last thing you’d want when you’re about to speak in public is to trip on stage.
This is the stuff of nightmares for many public speakers and possibly a calamity from which some might never recover. But my Page 1 Woman has turned stage tripping into an art-form, and her audiences love it. It takes a special kind of woman to pull this off, right?
Did you know that there’s an insidious epidemic in the UK? It’s called job burn-out. Apparently over half a million people suffer with work-related stress. Thankfully they don’t all collapse at work or breakdown psychologically and take years to recover. Such was the experience of my Page 1 Woman.
When you’re a teenager from an unstable, oppressive background, in which mental health features, what do you do?
And what if this background causes you to drift into an abusive relationship with an older man? And the days become years and you find yourself imprisoned with two children in a cycle of violence, emotional abuse and coercive control, desperate to escape but hunted down each time you do.
If you came from a dysfunctional family that emotionally and sexually abused your child, what would you do?
My Page 1 Woman has led an unusual life of setbacks – child sexual abuse and abduction, stalking/harassment, eating disorders, murder – I could go on. And she’s experienced victories too- for example inventing an award winning multi-combination safety ladder.
Imagine HR professionals; what images spring to mind? Traditionally HR professionals are seen as the organisation’s scary police or its agony aunts– neither of which are favourable.
My Page 1 Woman, Su Patel, is an HR consultant on a mission to transform the face of HR.
Did you know that suicide is the biggest killer of young people in the UK?
When 10% of school children have a diagnosable mental illness, you’d be forgiven for believing that appropriate intervention would be obtainable at a sufficiently early age. However, 70% of children and young people experiencing mental health problems don’t get this. Shocking? Of course.
If your friends were denouncing a charity appeal as a scam, would you make a donation? My Page 1 Woman, moved by the plight of a group of Ugandan children, silenced the cynics’ voices, did her homework and made a generous donation to the ‘Divine Care Missions’. Since then, she’s raised funds for it, written three books about it and is negotiating to turn the story into film.
When you hear of women involved in the escort business do you ever wonder what got them there? Although, escorts are generally seen as middle class, high end sex workers, many are lured into the profession by the opportunity to make big bucks quickly in a job that’s ‘just like any other’. Others get involved through coercion and trafficking rather than by choice.
My Page 1 Woman, a former escort, got into it through a mix of conditioning and choice.
Did you know that Britain has the lowest percentage of women engineers in Europe? At just 6%, this hasn’t increased since 1919. When the modern reality of engineering isn’t promoted, and it’s perceived as a man’s profession involving grease and grubby overalls, it’s hardly surprising that women rarely consider it a career option.
My multiple award-winning Page 1 Woman™ is one of a rare breed of women in structural engineering.
Here’s the scenario – you’re working in an impressive, highly paid role. You’ve been told, "You're an asset to the company”. You’re due a mortgage on your first property. Would you take a 50% pay cut and change career? If you felt there was more to life and you were determined to go for it, you’d probably take the risk.
That’s my Page 1 Woman. But she wasn’t always that way.
Are you a fan of the personal development industry? Some people can’t understand its popularity and regard personal development techniques as faddish. Those who build their businesses around it are seen as self-serving chancers, in it for money.
Then there are those who swear by it. Their lives have been transformed by the likes of Tony Robbins, Bob Procter, Rhonda Byrne et al. And ‘The Law of Attraction’, positive thinking, affirmations, gratitude rituals, and changing mindsets, have brought them self-empowerment and new found freedom from self-limiting beliefs and poor self-esteem. Many of these people have overcome stubborn challenges. They’ve gone on to achieve beyond what they ever imagined and sometimes to make a bigger difference in the world.
Have you noticed that solo-preneurs often set up their business around challenges they’ve overcome?
Alongside studying for an effective qualification, they’re in a good position to teach others the skills that they themselves have mastered through overcoming pain. But when the challenges are related to sensitive and intimate areas such as relationships and sex especially, it takes courage, determination, guts and a willingness to embrace risk to channel your knowledge, skills and experience into a business that can benefit others.
Have you ever stood on the platform of a London Victoria line tube station and wondered who was staring at you from the darkness of the driver’s cabin?
Chances are you would have imagined a bloke. Stereotypically, train driving is viewed as a man’s profession. Right? But, you may have been wrong.
Apparently, around 100 or so women drive tube trains. And my Page 1 Woman is one of them.
Did you know that entrepreneurs are starting businesses at a record pace of 80 an hour?
And did you know that this includes a record number of under 35s? According to HSBC Private Bank Essence of Enterprise report 2016, 59% of the UK’s entrepreneurs under the age of 35 are women. Wow! Women are rocking it!
My Page 1 Woman, a member of that notable 59% club, quit her prestigious job in a well-known US based coaching company and set up Write Business Results at the age of 29.
Have you ever come across a stylist who first helps you to overcome your internal limitations and then moves on to styling you?
Whether you call her a coach with a twist or a stylist with a twist, my Page 1 Woman, Abigail Rebecca is all about enabling women entrepreneurs to ‘get their style s..t together’ so that they develop a solid personal brand that boosts their business.
Imagine this: You’re facing a challenge to cross the Atlantic solo and break the women’s world record. You’ve no history of endurance activity, never mind rowing. Would you be terrified?
Here’s the narrative. She’s a competent Head of an inner city primary school in a deprived area. During the day she operates as an effective leader, dealing with the challenges that such environments spawn. At night she returns to the ‘perfect’ home and the ‘perfect’ partner. Hmmmmm! Appearances can indeed be deceptive.
Have you ever played roller derby? It’s a fast, furious contact sport. So, clearly you’d have to be an aggressive risk taker to play, right? But aggressive is definitely not a term I’d apply to my Page 1 Woman™, who’s an enthusiastic, award winning roller derby ‘blocker’. Risk taker? Definitely as she’s on a mission to transform childbirth culture from negativity, pain and trauma to one of parent empowerment, relaxation, ease and even enjoyment.
What would you do if you were in a high salaried job in the lucrative pharmaceutical industry, but were overly stressed and unable to be true to your values? Would you give it all up?
My Page 1 Woman™ did. But it didn’t come easy.