So today is International Women's Day ... don't normally bother with this kind of stuff, but it made me reflect on people who have inspired me throughout my life....   here is my list:


I once worked for an amazing and very senior woman, who refused to behave 'like a man' to succeed.  She came to work as a complete person, and was not afraid to draw reference to her family, and role as a mother in her work.   People respected her for being genuine, and authentic.   I learnt that you do not need to pretend to be someone you are not to be successful.

True to your Values

A friend recently travelled in Africa, before meeting her boyfriend in a 5 Star resort.  She felt uncomfortable with the contrast between the last few weeks and the luxury of the resort, so she spent a day at a local orphanage.   She persuaded the chef at the resort to come and help out on his day off, and now the resort buy their bread from the orphanage...   I was inspired and humbled by her actions - it doesn't take much to make a difference.

Always Positive

Another extraordinary ordinary woman I know is probably the most positive person I know.  Whatever your idea she points out what is good, builds on it, and makes you feel like you can achieve anything...   How nice it would be if a few more of us went the extra mile to support and enable, rather than shoot ideas down.

Smiling when things get tough..

I have a few friends who have gone through prolonged periods of tough times.  What inspires me about these women is the way they keep making life as perfect as it can be for their family, as things get tough.   There is always a smile to be found..  I wonder how I would cope in their shoes, and then try to think how I can help them smile.

Selflessly Giving Time

I know a couple of women who have ridiculously busy lives, but give their time generously to people and things they believe in.    I am not so good at this, but I do know some of the free coaching I have done in the last year has been amongst the most rewarding things I have ever done.    I can't believe the impact it has had on my self motivation!

What inspires you to be a better person?