I learned from a young age that even if you knew it all (and let’s face it, when you are young, you do know it all) you still had people that would judge you by their standards and stereotypes.
I don’t often talk about my achievements in my career, simply because I’m British and modest . But I will share with you this, I’ve never done anything on my own – I’ve always had good people around me. Good people stretch your thinking, challenge you and tell you you are wrong. They love you but they are not afraid of you and in turn you learn from them and you grow as a person.
Today (possibly yesterday depending on when you are reading this) we were listed for the 3rd consecutive year on Forbes as a top 100 website for women.
We are currently getting around 3 million page views a year, and by if you used traditional blogging goals, the site would seem like a flop, yet it’s not. It was from the start an online magazine, a coffee table read for business women. Birds has never talked down or patronised women, it’s shattered a few stereotypes and we’re the only British site on the Forbes list. We’ve spawned a thousand copy-cats and then left them by the roadside. Why, because what we do is tough, we post day in, day out without fail. We show up. And showing up is half the battle won.
And although my name is on the door, I did not do it alone. I did it surrounded by good, no I mean great people. Birds is truly international with contributors worldwide, from a variety of backgrounds, of differing beliefs and opposing career objectives.
To my technical partner in many crimes Barbara Saul
And to my fellow Birds
Jackie Walker, Anita Hunt, Sally Church, Ann Godridge, Angie Wellington (we’ve been friends 32 years and we still get on like a house on fire), Sarupa Shah, Lilach Bulloch, Jane Hatton, Lynn Tulip, Ida Horner, Ola Agbaimoni, Angela Boothroyd, Mary Weaver, Yolanda Facio, Elaine Sturgess, Charlotte Ball, Nikki Pilkington and many others.
And many other women who have contributed, guest posted and shared our content far and wide.
Surround yourself with good people and you’ll be better for it.
Together our voices are louder.
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