Copyright © 2018 Kim Miles, Founder and CEO, Miles in Heels Productions
“I could never do that.”
%*#&*!@ Why, oh why, do so many women constantly silence their kick-ass inner monologue with those five debilitating, dirty little words? Why do we continue to refuse to believe in ourselves that if we simply give something a try, we may just be amazed at how far we can take an idea, a passion or (gulp) a business plan to fruition?
So often, women will ask me, “Kim, how did you do X, Y, or Z?” And I always answer the same way, “You don’t have to get it perfect. You just have to get it going. Sometimes you just have to say, ‘What the hell? Why not me?’” and then jump on in. It all starts with an idea. It takes belief and betting on yourself to make it happen. Mix this together with some solid guidance from friends, mentors, and influencers and before you know it…you’re on to something. #thehustleisreal
I’ve got extensive training from the illustrious School of “Baptism By Fire.” With a career of over 25 years in sales and finance, my passion lies in helping the scores of women who need to find their voices and reclaim their mojo. And, through my company, Miles in Heels Productions, I have the privilege of doing exactly that. This is a “second chapter” for me, of sorts. As a financial advisor for the past 16 years, I was always seeking to network and collaborate with other strong, successful, like-minded women. When I couldn’t find something that “scratched my itch,” I did what I do best: I created a community of camaraderie amongst these types of women for myself. Hence, Miles in Heels Productions was born.
Every day, women share with me their struggles to silence the negative self-talk that prevents them from taking those first steps toward achieving their dreams. From the seasoned business woman to the tentative entrepreneur incubating a killer idea, every one of us needs a cheerleader once in a while: a savvy outside perspective to help motivate us and point us in the right direction. There are so many women who are dying to start their “second chapter.” Whether it be in the form of an entrepreneurial adventure; a promotion within their company; or a new charity, the recipe for success is the same: get out of your own way. Deep down, you know you've got what it takes. But you're so focused on making sure all your ducks are in a row that you never get around to setting off on the journey. Whether that first step is in the form of a question, a connection, or a conversation, remember this: surround yourself with people who motivate, inspire, and challenge you.
Think of it this way: if Sara Blakely hadn’t cut off the bottom of her pantyhose one day to smooth the lines underneath her winter white pants, we’d all be walking around with the worst panty lines on the planet without SPANX. If Reshma Saujani, the deputy public advocate of New York City hadn’t started GIRLS WHO CODE, the gender gap in technology would be that much wider. If Stephanie Kwolek hadn’t been messing around in her lab, we wouldn’t have KEVLAR to protect those who protect us.
And, if I hadn’t met Jen Maseda, been asked to appear on her show and write this blog, you would still be sitting on your couch saying, “I could never do that.”