Maggie Sellers’ 8 Suggestions for Feminine Entrepreneurs Who Wish to Break Into ‘The Boys Membership’


Glad Worldwide Ladies’s Day!

As we speak Maggie Sellers is right here to present us her recommendation for feminine entrepreneurs, particularly those who’re sick of ‘The Boys Membership.” You already know the one – the male dominated membership that intimidates, degrades and condescends their feminine colleagues who’ve simply as a lot information, simply as a lot expertise, convey simply as a lot worth and just do as a lot work as them. In fact that’s a generalization however The Boys Membership is an actual factor. Let’s not even get began on the pay grades.

Anyhow, it’s Worldwide Ladies’s Day and we thought Maggie Sellers was the right girl to present some recommendation for girls in enterprise. In case you have but to satisfy Maggie she has a tremendous e-newsletter that Lauryn can’t get sufficient of, is a media entrepreneur, angel investor, startup advisor and creator. Having skilled The Boys Membership herself she is right here to present us her high suggestions for girls feeling intimated in enterprise who wish to step into their genuine energy.

With that, let’s welcome Maggie to the weblog.



I’m Maggie, founding father of Scorching Sensible Wealthy and HSR Ventures. I’m a multi-hyphenate media entrepreneur, angel investor, startup advisor, and creator. I really hate having to so intently outline who I’m as a result of I might a lot reasonably be recognized for what I do.

If you happen to’re new to Scorching Sensible Wealthy, it’s my aim and life’s goal to empower the subsequent technology of ladies in enterprise by creating entry and democratizing the schooling, trade insights, and private {and professional} growth abilities required to interrupt via and get forward all whereas turning into the most popular, smartest, richest model of your self.

All of it occurred so organically. I bought actually bored with being in my masculine power, manipulating my genuine self to carry out in enterprise after I was confronted with the sobering realization that even with the enhancements we’re making, ladies nonetheless solely get 2% of VC funding. Much more sobering while you understand that the startup math ain’t mathing. We (ladies) management 85% of shopper spend within the US!!! It dawned on me that possibly if we cease attempting to alter who we’re as highly effective female power, we’ll create the change that’s so desperately wanted for girls to rise above and win. Scorching Sensible Wealthy by Maggie Sellers is my firm however it’s additionally a motion, consider Barbie IRL.

When Lauryn requested me to return on TSC weblog for IWD, I used to be past flattered and knew precisely what to talk about – My High 8 Suggestions for Ladies in Enterprise who’re Intimidated by the Boys Membership and Wish to Step Into their Scorching Sensible Wealthy Energy. So with out additional ado, right here’s what I’ve realized over the primary 10 years of my profession breaking into the startup and enterprise capital “boys membership” so that you can apply and step into your sizzling sensible wealthy genuine energy.

Maggie Sellers’ 8 Suggestions for Feminine Entrepreneurs

Discuss Properly To Your self

I want I had figured this out earlier as a result of I’d be a lot additional forward. Entering into your energy solely occurs while you imagine it’ll and it’s inevitable. Your future is the self fulfilling prophecy you inform your self each single morning and in the event you don’t imagine you are able to do it, nobody else will both. This is step one to creating it occur and getting the braveness to dream huge and take huge swings.

Discover Your Folks

I at all times suggest that entrepreneurs discover different entrepreneurs in related levels vs. attempting to community and develop with folks a lot additional forward or behind them. That saying “all boats rise with the tide” is so true. I’ve seen it occur in each trade I’ve been part of and it’s no completely different as an entrepreneur. Relationships are two dimensional and in the event you aren’t in a position to supply one thing of worth to folks a heck of lots additional forward than you, their participation and impression will probably cease at their title being concerned. On the flip facet, in the event you discover different entrepreneurs in related levels with a special focus (not aggressive), you’re in a position to have eyes and ears in additional locations, making connections and scratching one another’s backs all the way in which to the highest.

Lean Into Your Distinctive Superpower

No one is you and that’s your superpower. Remind your self of that. You convey one thing to the desk that others can’t and it’s not replicable. Ladies management 85% of shopper spend, but we solely obtain 2% of enterprise {dollars} however I’ve a giant feeling that our energy is just going to continue to grow as we preserve constructing WITH one another and make the most of our superpower that makes us distinctive and such nice customers. Keep in mind that pondering otherwise, leaning into your female power and perspective, and leveraging your life experiences is a differentiator in opposition to the boys membership. So use it and don’t shrink back!

Take Dangers, Personal Your Personal Expertise (and Your Narrative)

The most effective items of enterprise recommendation I’ve gotten is to “at all times personal the narrative,” good or unhealthy. It’s alright to take dangerous bets in the event you’re okay with getting it improper. BUT what will provide you with the arrogance to maintain swinging is what you do subsequent. Lean into the expertise after which craft and inform a rattling good story as to what you realized and what you’re doing otherwise this time. Folks have a tough time arguing with somebody who’s sincere and susceptible and in the event you personal your mistake or failure earlier than others do, they actually don’t have anything to say.

Be Direct; Discover Quick No’s

Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need and deserve. The second neatest thing in enterprise to a “sure” is a quick no. Don’t waste your time. Get a no and transfer on to search out that sure.

Know and Construct Your Value

Folks will deal with you precisely the way you allow them to. I let the boys membership push me round for a lot too lengthy at one job pondering that if I labored exhausting and let the outcomes converse for themselves, issues would change… and I used to be improper. After getting strung alongside for months and tasks saved piling on, I gave an ultimatum. Both you pay me my price, or I give up. I by no means thought he’d let me depart however I used to be improper. I left the subsequent week and not using a plan and had 60 days to discover a new job or risked getting deported again to Canada. Though scary on the time, it actually allowed me to degree the fuck up in my profession and wager on myself as a result of I knew my price was far better than how I used to be perceived in that function.

Artwork of Battle

I’m an enormous believer in finding out historical past and essentially the most impactful and influential technique textual content in East Asian warfare is The Artwork of Battle. The factor I come again to most is “when you’re weak seem sturdy and when you’re sturdy seem weak,” particularly because it pertains to the boys membership.

Play Good and Win

Enterprise is a recreation with no outlined guidelines or finish level. It’s a scary factor each single day as a result of there’s a lot unknown and fixed change. It’s additionally the perfect recreation you could possibly ever play (IMO). I attempt to at all times play good and do issues as a result of it’s the proper factor to do, understanding that it’ll come again to me 10 fold. I do assume holding your eye on the prize and having a really clearly outlined aim and dealing backwards from there lets you win, even when it means you’re iterating continuously.

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Maggie xxx


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