The two biggest things I'm working on in 2016

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I'm not a big believer in New Year's resolutions. They imply that you're not already good enough. I view self-improvement as an ongoing process and try to take on new challenges and opportunities as they come up. Some of my previous undertakings include:

So what are my goals for 2016 as a new entrepreneur?

  1. Banishing self-doubt
  2. Befriending more male entrepreneurs

Self-doubt is the wickedest, sneakiest, most insidious problem that I could face, and no one but me can control the impact it has on my work. Am I an expert? Am I credible? And on, and on, and on.

The toughest thing about self-doubt is that it's really (really) difficult to identify in the moment. I lost an entire week of my life debating my need for a second Master's degree. Spoiler alert: I decided one was enough.

One of those key feminist litmus tests is to ask, "are men doing this?" If the answer is no, I take a second look at my assumptions. And this brings me to my second goal: befriending more male entrepreneurs. The (admittedly few) guys I know who are building companies are focused on moving their businesses forward, not questioning whether they ought to be there in the first place. At least, that's been my impression so far.

I want some of that confidence to rub off on me.

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Alexandra Dickinson

Alexandra Dickinson is the CEO and founder of Ask For It, a boutique consulting company working to close the gender wage gap by effecting change at both the institutional and individual level. We work with companies, schools, organizations and individuals through a combination of trainings, workshops and consulting. Our goal is for women and men to be paid based on their talents and skills, regardless of gender, and for our company to have been an important part of that change.