I have been a fan of Mary J. Blige since my childhood in the early 90s and have taken great inspiration from watching the way that she has blazed trails, set trends and overcome adversity, both in her career and personal life, from then even up till now. This, in addition to the fact that her songs tend to surround themes such as female empowerment, make her a favourite.
With a title like “The Strength of a Woman,” her new album seems set to carry on this important discussion. So, to celebrate, I was inspired to share 8 markings of a strong business woman through some of my favourite Mary J. Blige lyrics. These were then featured on Sheleadsafrica,org, where I discussed characteristics such as:
- Having a niche (both in terms of specialism and market)
- Having goals and going for them
- Refusing to tolerate negative entities
- Rising above naysayers and enemies of progress
- Seeking positive relationships and collaborations
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
- The importance of having a positive outlook and faith
- Using your platform for good
You can read the article in full here.
This then set off a chain of events in which I became inspired to research some of the business women of the Bible. Because, as much as some would have us believe that women should have no choice but to stay at home, the women we are about to discuss show differently....