Any entrepreneur will tell you starting a business is hard work and making sure your business remains profitable is even harder. It’s stressful, demanding and requires a level of organization you probably didn’t even know was humanly possible. In addition to the intensity of solely running a business, women are often striving hard to be taken seriously by their (often male) colleagues. However, it is equally important to lighten up and let your personality shine through at work.
As Ann Rhoades, author and board member of several huge companies, discusses in her article “Laugh And Have Fun. You’ll Be More Successful.”, getting ahead at work and building professional relationships has as much to do with being a capable and effective worker as it does with your ability to relax. Taking yourself too seriously is restricting, not just interpersonally but also creatively. Not only do you have to be willing to expand your knowledge base and look for creative solutions, you have to be willing to put those ideas out there. So if someone asks for your opinion, give it. And if someone makes a ridiculous request, laugh. When people think of your company it never hurts for them to remember you as smart, talented and fun to be around.