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“When I was in school, martial arts made you a dork, and I became self-conscious that I was too masculine. I was a 16-year-old girl with ringworm and cauliflower ears. People made fun of my arms and called me “Miss Man.” It wasn’t until I got older that I realized: These people are idiots. I’m fabulous.” – Ronda Rousey, Brainy Quote
Is any woman on top of the world more than mixed martial artist Ronda Rousey? The current UFC women’s bantamweight champion is an Olympic bronze medalist in judo, sports a 12-0 UFC record with 9 of her 12 fights lasting less than one minute, and also starred in recent blockbuster films such as The Expendables 3, Furious 7 and Entourage.
She even has something in common with eGumball Inc.! Like us, Rousey is a proud advocate and fundraiser for the Black Jaguar White Tiger Foundation.
Rousey is an empowering force and role model for both men and women across the world, and her unique aggressiveness is something that any working person would be wise to emulate. She has become a household name for not only being so successful in the octagon, but because of the way she does it.
She refuses to be like everybody else – and that is what it takes to be a powerful force in any industry.
Individuality is key when it comes to making a name for your business, because there is no better you than you. Carving your own niche by piggybacking off the coattails of another business power is enough to get by, but mediocrity is not the goal. Ronda Rousey is a prime example of where you can be by owning your differences and making them work for you.
Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg presented some disturbing stats in this article from Business Insider on women in the business world. For one, a study found that men are promoted based on potential, while women are more often promoted based on accomplishments.
Additionally, 4,000 employees from big companies were surveyed, which determined that 36% of men said they want to be CEO someday, while only 18% of women said the same.
Rousey’s quote is one that you print out and read every day when you get out of bed in the morning. As Sandberg mentioned in her article, you must aim high in order to achieve a massive amount of success. That way of thinking is something that would do all of us a world of good, whether we are in the octagon or managing a huge tech company!