Message from the Founder

True or False: You Won’t Succeed.


A few weeks ago, I facilitated a panel that included three highly accomplished (female) physicians, and my mind keeps circling back to what was discussed. Each of these physicians talked about her road to success. They all agreed on two things that got them to where they are today. One I had expected; the other one I would never have guessed. And it’s that second one that I keep coming back to.

The women on the panel included a cardiac surgeon specializing in valvular heart disease and aortic surgery; a senior policy advisor and former health advisor to then Senator Barack Obama; and a senior-level director for the FDA. Their stories included years of training, incredibly long hours, and lots of patience and tolerance as they made their way to the top of their industries.

Every one of them agreed that in order to succeed they had to have people around them who believed in them – parents, friends, mentors. That critical support system that picks you up when you’re down, reminds you that this will all be worth it, and most importantly reminds you that, “Yes, you can” – we each need one.

The second answer that they shared really surprised me.

Over the course of their careers, each physician had been told that she would never succeed, that she wouldn’t make it, that she should quit. And every single one of them refused to believe it, and in fact, they said it gave them the fuel they needed to challenge those doubts.

What are the odds that all three of these women would face a similar situation and be told they can’t succeed? Is that actually more common than I had assumed? If it is more common, do some of us quit too easily? And is there a chance we confuse “It’s going to be hard,” with “You’re not going to be able to do this?” One of those statements is true: Anything worth doing is hard work. But “You can’t do this?” No! That statement is definitely not true.

No matter how strong your support system, there are plenty of days that are difficult. There are lots of different reasons why moving forward is hard. It can feel especially harder when you are told that you’ll never succeed. When that happens, remember that no one can succeed alone, just like no one can build a business alone.

On those difficult days, make sure you have someone in your corner.

Frederique is passionate about helping women take their businesses to the next level of growth and success. As founder and CEO of Her Corner, she applies her entrepreneurial spirit, management consulting background and business operations expertise to give women the springboard they need to move forward. 

Her Corner grew out of a lightbulb moment Frederique had in 2011. After realizing that access to other motivated and ambitious 
women business owners was lacking in her existing network, 
she decided to do something about it – and Her Corner was born. 

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