Jane Austen Would Have Been a Fabulous Blogger
Jane Austen, the English novelist who wrote romantic fiction was known for her biting social commentary in the 1800s. I believe she would have been an avid blogger if she was alive today and I imagine she would have thousands of connections in her LinkedIn profile. As much as I adore Jane Austen’s work, whenever I re-read her novels or watch a movie or BBC mini-series of her work, it makes me appreciate the modern times in which I live.
Jane’s plots, although often comic, highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. She was a rare bird to be a female published author in her day. Thankfully, times have changed and modern women can make their way in the world with or without a significant other in their lives. We have choices and have been empowered to lead authentic lives and forge careers that are meaningful to us as individuals.
Jane Austen would have been inspired by Tracy Robbins, the highest ranking woman and Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources for Intercontinental Hotels Group, PLC. Tracy shared 4 tips for success in a recent interview that we can all learn from.
- Stretch Yourself – take on projects that have potential to make a big impact on your career and your life. Make those accomplishments visible and find authentic, effective ways to promote your achievements.
- Be Yourself – be genuine in your life and career choices. Don’t fake-it to fit in or get ahead on the job. Honoring your values and passions will reap greater rewards in the long run.
- Have Fun – laughter breaks down boundaries. Add some levity to each day and don’t take yourself too seriously. Develop your sense of humor and enjoy a good hearty laugh – it’s good for your health.
- Develop Your Team – be relentless, caring, and tenacious about developing your team. Surround yourself with great people who do what you can’t and support them and encourage them to achieve success together.
I dare say that Tracy’s words of wisdom would be applauded by Jane Austen!