How to Participate in Your Own Rescue – The Disruptors Are Coming

Once upon a time, I went to a Tarot Reader.  It was many years ago now but I still remember the lovely words she said.  She told me that my life would be like a Fairy Tale and that I would be surrounded by beautiful flowers.  I took her literally and thought that perhaps she meant that I would have a beautiful garden filled with flowers.  Now, years later, I realize that I am surrounded by beautiful flowers – many beautiful women in my life.  My Mother, my daughters (my daughter and my future daughters-in-law), the women I am in business with, my blogging buddies, my mentors.  All wonderful and powerful examples of disruptors – women who are making the world work their way.  I am surrounded by beautiful flowers – different, all perfectly imperfect.

Disruptors making a difference
All Perfectly Imperfect

These women did not enter my life by accident though.  I have been discerning about who I spend my precious time with.

It is said that we become like who we associate with and that the sum total of who we are as a person is a result of the people we meet and the books we read.

Books about new and Disrupting Industries
The people we meet and the books we read.

If this is true, it means that we really do need to think about who we invest our time with.

As a business woman, it has become very obvious to me that there are many, many women waiting to be saved.  Saved by a man, saved by a windfall, saved by lady luck, saved by anyone or anything but their own efforts.  It’s tragic to see women become bitter or jealous when they see others achieving.  I have seen women make excuses and justify why their life has not gone to plan.  My message –  it’s reward for effort and happiness is a choice.

Right now, there is a lot of talk about entrepreneurship and the need for a “side-hussle”.  The new term “Mompreneur” has emerged amid uncertain times.  For women, security is key, so the need to take charge and get some good energy going around income streams is vital.

No longer do women look at the direct sales industry and turn their noses up as if they are too good for it.  They are finding ways of using technology to turbo charge these old models.  It’s so exciting to see what women are doing with online marketing in the Blogging Industry and how they are becoming change agents in new business models.

Want to read about this new breed of #GirlBoss?  See how Sophia Amoruso changed fashion retailing.

It has also become clear to me that age is no barrier.  As a 50+ entrepreneur, I find that I have much to contribute.  I have experience on my side as I have seen much.  Industries come and go, I have seen economic cycles that have broken people, I have watched people rise and then discovered that there is much to their spirit and I understand why they rose.  Now I see disruptors.

Disruptors are changing businesses and industries at lightning speed.  They arrive with fresh ideas, new business models and streamlined, efficient ways of doing things.  Over the coming decade, I believe that more and more of these disruptors will emerge.  In this lies opportunity.

Women, you can sit and watch, or you can be part of it!  You can choose to make technology too hard or you can embrace it.  You can be part of what’s happening or you can wonder what happened.

Technology - the tool of the Disruptor Industry
You can choose to make technology too hard or you can embrace it.

Opportunities come in strange packages.  Often they are unrecognisable as opportunities.  Have courage, explore, examine but don’t miss them.

Change is here, I implore you be open minded and embrace it.

Love your life!

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12 Replies to “How to Participate in Your Own Rescue – The Disruptors Are Coming”

  1. Totally agree. Our happiness is in our own hands and we need to stop waiting for others to rescue us. Inspiring article Debra!

  2. Very inspiring Deb! I love your tone in your articles, it feels like a freinds is talking to be about the topic 🙂
    And you’re right about the disruptors. There are some industries that are slow on the uptake in regards to disruptors (think mining, manufacturing, freight, etc.) but there are others that are, as you say, moving ahead at lightning speed (marketing, business strategy, accommodation, fashion and surprisingly banking), and these are the ones that generally seem more stable, surprisingly.

  3. Debra I enjoy your posts so much.

    Thank you for writing such uplifting and supportive content. It always makes me smile.

    Like Veronica said above, I’ve flirted with the idea of seeing a tarot reader but have always chickened out. I just don’t like the idea of having a pre conception of my future. Although I understand and respect why people do it and have heard some fascinating stories about peoples experiences.

    I absolutely love that you have so many beautiful flowers around you!

    Thanks again and I can wait to read more of your lovely posts

    x Luciana

    1. Dear Luciana, thank you so much for your lovely words. I understand there is a Tarot Readers “code” – they tell you the positive stuff. Quite fun to go once.

  4. Dear Debra, what a spot-on article!!
    I love the new terminology: disruptors. I see myself as one. And yes, there is no age limit to become one, just need to be open-minded, embrace change and have courage to explore new opportunities. Don’t fear failure. It is part of the process. Surround yourself of uplifting people.
    “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” – Paulo Coelho

  5. I’ve always wanted to get a reading done but always been too afraid of what they might predict for my future. I loved this post Debra – I think it’s so amazing to be apart of this community where women constantly support each other and bring each other up.

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