Ways to be Bold

Nancy Hechinger, my co-founder of the Womens Entrepreneur Festival wrote this and also talked about these points and others to kick off our festival.  I really love this so I thought I'd share.  This is a little bit slanted towards women as the Womens Entrepreneur Festival attendees were 99.9% women but there are tidbits for all.


(def).bold: daring, intrepid, brave, courageous, valiant, valorous, 

fearless, dauntless, audacious, daredevil; adventurous, heroic, 

plucky, spirited, confident, assured; gutsy, spunky, feisty; striking, 

vivid, bright, strong, eye-catching, prominent, impactful… 

impudent, insolent, impertinent, brazen, brash, disrespectful, 

presumptuous, forward; cheeky, fresh…

There are many ways to be bold–add your own.

Leave a good paying job when your passion takes you 


Start a company

Speak up in a meeting—when everyone but you agrees on 


Start a family

Or decide not to

Hire your first employee

Fire someone

Write a partnership agreement

End a partnership

End a marriage

Hire people better than you

Know how to delegate–

Know when not to

Leave work…when men and women with no family stay late

Don’t take a great job because it would not leave enough time 

for family

Break up with a guy/gal

Know when your business needs a leader other than you

Ask for a raise

Admit you are wrong

Face a disease

Follow your own passion, not your parents’

Go on a business trip, leaving kids at home. (without cooking all 

the meals for the time you are away)

Question a doctor.

See another one

Major change in hairstyle/color

Learn what you need to know for your career—when it involves 

stuff you’re bad at (e.g. numbers, budgets)

Be disruptive

Start over…in any part of your life

End a friendship

Stand by your values and convictions day by day

Let your kids fail (a little)

Trust your gut, even when the facts say otherwise

Don’t try to please everyone, all the time

Make time for exercise

Pamper yourself when there are so many other demands

Say ‘No’ to demands that drag but do not enrich your life and/or 


Hoard your time as a non-renewable resource

Raise money.

Introduce yourself to someone you admire and talk to them

Make a cold call

Handle an emergency situation, rationally; fall apart later

Make an untried recipe for a big dinner party

Stop wearing high heels

Navigate the intricate politics of a large, complex, traditional, 

often, hidebound institutions

Put your creative self…art (getting on stage, showing your 

paintings, a book) out in public.

Tell someone in business or friendship something they don’t 

want to hear

Tell a parent they can’t drive anymore, or pay their own bills. 

Taking over.

Sign a lease for your business–with more space than you need 

today, thinking about tomorrow

Take out a mortgage in your own name for the first time

Get into a male-dominated profession

Put your life on the line for something you believe in

Speak in Public

Define success on your own terms

Toot your own horn when you can..

When you can’t toot the horn of another woman!