“No one says ‘a working man,’ but they say, ‘ a working woman.’ And there is still a strange connotation to that.” -Ivanka Trump
I first discovered Ivanka Trump during my Senior year in college. I had been browsing the “Self-Motivational” book section in my local Half Price Book Store, and I had come across her book, ” The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life.”
I was balancing a ton of different hats my Senior year, and I was slowly but surely beginning to topple . I was a student who was about to graduate, I worked at two different publications, all while simultaneously trying to live my best college life.
So I browsed the self-motivational section with only one goal in mind–to find something that will teach me how to juggle everything without dropping anything.
Shortly after purchasing her book, I started doing a ton of research about her and that’s when I came across her website, IvankaTrump.com.
Unfortunately, she did recently shut down her website due to her father being in the Oval Office, but her website was one of the best women empowerment websites I have seen thus far.
(In fact, her website was one of the many websites that had inspired ShekinahRagland.com !)
Now I’ll be honest with you, overall the book was definitely not one of the best books I’ve ever read–in fact, I’ve never picked it up again since. But the little nuggets that I did pick up from her book have been of incredible value to me in my life ( which in my opinion makes the loss of money from buying the book completely worth it.)
She has tremendously changed the way I think in regards to my own expectations for myself, and has inspired me to push past the limited expectations of others.
Although I don’t agree with her current political views, to me, Ivanka Trump is an influencer because she is one of the most genuine advocates for women’s rights, and really tries to help women find their passions and thrive beyond the surface expectations. She has shown me that women CAN indeed have it all if we really wanted it.
In 2017, she released a book titled , “Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules of Success,” and for the longest time that was one of my favorite books to read. It has such great advice in it, and incorporates so many different perspectives. It opened my eyes to the fact that success is not defined by others, but by myself FOR myself.
Whatever I think is the epitome of success, then that’s what I should base my life and career goals off of. Upon realizing that I controlled my own values of success, it lifted a ton of weight off of my shoulders.
As women, we are often expected to live up to the expectations of others, and it’s important for all of us to be freed from that thought process.
As women, it’s time to start creating and realizing our own definitions of success, and thanks to Ivanka Trump, I realized mine.