First, let’s appreciate how slammin’ Amy Poehler is in a tuxedo.
Amy Poehler’s web video series “Ask Amy” is created to offer advice to the little ladies who will someday be our rulers, but the fabulous Ms. Poehler really dishes out advice that can help us all be happier and successful (whatever that means to us) women. Her first episode of the new year is about negativity.
People who are negative tend to want to demean people’s ideas. They say what they don’t like, but they don’t really say what they want to do. And it’s very hard to have ideas. It’s very hard to put yourself out there. It’s very hard to be vulnerable. But those people that do that are the dreamers and the thinkers and the creators. And they’re the magic people of the world. So try to strive to be one of those.
She encourages us to “give ourselves a break” and “accept more positivity.” This advice doesn’t just help us boost our own self-esteem, but it also helps us be better ladies out there in the world.
I was talking to another economist recently about women’s self-perception of themselves as economists. A lot of the women I work with, as well as some men, suffer from impostor syndrome – “a psychological syndrome in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments.” So many of the lady economists I know feel inadequate, like they don’t work hard enough or accomplish enough, or that they are judged for not being good enough or belonging. Let’s take a step back and listen to Amy. We are putting ourselves out there, trying to make something of our ideas. That makes us vulnerable, which is scary, but it also means we are “the dreamers and the thinkers and the creators.” And a lady economist magic person of the world is certainly a good thing.