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Famous female aviator Amelia Earhart once said “Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”. The obstacles that she overcame in route to the numerous milestones she achieved have been able to serve as lessons for women today. According to Brainy Girl’s Guide to Business, here are 5 lessons from Amelia Earhart that can be used by businesswomen:
1. Study successful women who have gone before you
Before she took a ride in an airplane, Earhart kept a scrapbook of newspaper clippings about successful women. The book’s clippings included women from a variety of predominantly male-oriented fields such as law, film production, management, advertising and mechanical engineering.
2. Follow your passion and don’t give up
Amelia left school in 1915, but it wasn’t until 1921 that she took her first ride in an aeroplane, after which she became hooked. She saved up her own money to buy her first plane just 6 months after taking her first ride in one but it wasn’t until 1928, when she was 30, that she made the flight across the Atlantic.
3. Don’t be afraid to be a pioneer
Earhart wasn’t the first woman to try to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, but she was the first to complete it. Remember that just because others failed, it doesn’t mean you won’t succeed . ask yourself- Why not me? Someone has to be the first.
4. Be an expert in your field
Amelia was more than an aviator. In fact, she wrote several books, worked as an official for the National Aeronautics Association, held a vice president of public relations position for an airline, lectured and became aviation editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. She was an expert in her field.
5. You can still be a woman in a man’s world
As an aviator Amelia refused to wear the clothes that male pilots typically wore at the time. Instead, she chose to wear the iconic suits and dresses with a close fitting cap. She also surrounded herself with other successful women including Eleanor Roosevelt. Earhart also helped form Ninety Nines, a women’s aviation club that still operates today.
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