In this solo episode, tune in as I reflect on my entrepreneurial journey and share the constant messages I received about success and failure. I talk through my initial resistance to change and the realization that it was time for a new path. Despite the fear and concerns about what others might think, I discovered the importance of making choices based on what felt right for ME.

Join me on the journey of self-discovery, empowerment, and joy as we break free from the “shoulds” that hold us back. By embracing change, trusting ourselves, and writing our own blueprints, we can create lives that align with our authentic selves. Remember, there is no greater act of self-love than embracing who you truly are.

Key Takeaways:

  1. The prevailing wisdom often presents only two options: succeed or be a quitter. However, there is a third option, which defies prevailing norms and allows for personal growth without the fear of failure.
  2. Women are conditioned to be modest, reserved, and deferential, leading to self-doubt and a constant feeling of not measuring up. Breaking free from these societal expectations is essential for personal growth and fulfillment.
  3. Creating a life that aligns with one’s authentic self involves questioning societal norms and determining what feels true and right in the present moment.
  4. Trusting oneself and listening to the inner voice is crucial in making choices that bring joy and empowerment.
  5. Writing one’s own blueprint means breaking free from prescribed paths and exploring what truly brings fulfillment and happiness, even if it deviates from societal norms.

By Minessa

With over 20 years of experience, Minessa Konecky has worked with small startups and hospital systems and academic centers in managing a variety of Federal, private and industry awards. They are comfortable with the entire life cycle of awards and have worked with investigators to secure and extend their research funding. They see themselves as the facilitators of the research business enterprise, and approach all solutions from that lens. Their passion is helping people find joy and fulfillment in their work using a human-centric approach to efficiency and optimization. They host of the Stop Shoulding All Over Yourself Podcast, and hold the position of Research Administration Process Improvement and Training Director at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Minessa takes great pride in their desi heritage and being a member of the LGBTQIA+ community. They live in their seaside cottage on unceded and occupied lands of the Wampanoag and Pokanoket people in Plymouth, MA with 3 dogs and their partner, Alex.