Women are the bearers of society, nurturers of the world, and cultivators of the future. During the feminist movement, women began to enter the workforce in record numbers in an effort to support their families during World War II. Today, women are empowered and breaking the glass ceiling by becoming entrepreneurs.
The National Association of Women Business Owners reports that more than 11.6 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 9 million people, and generating $1.7 trillion in sales as of 2017. It is evident that women are determining their own destiny in the form of business ownership in record numbers. Raven Lexy, a model and real estate investor, shares how she overcame her fears and became her own boss.
Entrepreneurship is a daunting endeavor for most people to conceive. The standard for most Americans is to use your education to find an employer that will pay you a decent living wage. Once you land a job, you must pay your dues and work your way up to managerial positions. This customary practice is no longer commonplace, particularly for women. With the induction of the internet and social media platforms, people are able to create successful businesses from their living room. However, it takes courage, focus, intelligence, and grit to become a successful business owner.
Raven’s greatest fear was that she was already behind the curve and felt pressure to catch up to other established professionals in the field. A common fear of inability to succeed plagued her and fostered feelings of insecurity and self-doubt. To overcome these negative thoughts, she had to take a leap of faith. Raven decided to take control of her career and build a new life post-divorce. Starting the journey of entrepreneurship with 40,000 dollars of debt, negative funds in her bank accounts, and zero equity is no small feat. She had to rely solely on her will, tenacity, and faith to create the life she desired.
Raising the Bar
Once Raven made the decision to take back her life, she began seeking council to find the confidence. Tony Robbins, life coach and business strategist, was highly influential in building Raven’s self-assurance to start her own business. After attending a wealth convention in Los Angeles, California, where Tony was the guest speaker, she received confirmation that wealth was built through Real Estate and it was never too late to start. This revelation propelled her to develop a business strategy and a plan to become a real estate investor. Raven continued to model and was able to build enough capital to incorporate her mortgage broker company RL Financial Solutions in 2017.
Breaking the Glass
For centuries, women have been raised to take care of home and learn to be a good wife and mother. Today, women are occupying all professions, demanding equal pay, and breaking glass ceilings. Entrepreneurship is intimidating for men and women alike, but men have a leg up simply due to their DNA. The fear of failure is so pungent and coupled with the idea that women do not belong in the professional landscape of America, women must work twice as hard to succeed. Raven says, "now we have to prove that not only can we keep up with men, but that we can outrun them.” Her advice to women seeking business ownership is to find outlets for daily encouragement. “Wake up early, meditate and visualize your future. Make sure you surround yourself with friends and family who believe in you and find friends who are trying to move in the same direction.”
Raven found her strength, a team of supporters, and people with the same trials and struggles to help motivate her and keep her empowered. She surrounded herself with female entrepreneurs that enable her to see herself in their shoes. Since the incorporation of RL Financial Solutions in 2017, Raven has purchased five properties and incorporated four more businesses. Women have broken down the barriers to achieving business success and Raven Lexy has walked in and is ready to dominate.