Breaking Out of the Box

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To honor American independence and July 4, CircleAround is collaborating all month long with NAWBO (the National Association of Women Business Owners) in a series of posts exploring the following prompt: "What do liberty and independence mean to me as a woman business owner and female entrepreneur?"

Freedom is defined as the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. I want to start there, because most people do not reflect on the meaning of freedom. There are both internal and external liberations that can take place. Once we realize what is keeping us bound from reaching our potential, we can break free.

I have always been ambitious. However, my professional growth was sometimes stunted by what others deemed to be the “right” moves for me. Throughout my career, I was constantly told that I did not fit “the mold.” What mold, right? The answer was never adequately explained to me.

"Being a business owner has allowed me the freedom to step out of the box that others had placed me in."

Being a business owner has allowed me the freedom to step out of the box that others had placed me in. By doing so, I have been able to defy odds while intentionally shaping and creating my future. Additionally, I have accomplished dreams that I had not even imagined for myself. As a business strategist, I now help leaders manage change effectively within their organizations, so their teams can break free of their limitations.

Although I was never a Girl Scout, I believe in and live out the mission daily, ensuring girls (women) build confidence, courage, and character. You may wake up one day and find yourself in a box. Remember, it is up to you to break free. Don’t make a home there — break down the walls, make it flat, and use it to establish a new foundation, so you can do what you love and make the world a better place.

This post is part of a series produced by CircleAround and NAWBO. Founded in 1975, NAWBO is the unified voice of over 10 million women-owned businesses in the United States.

Angela R. Garmon, 42, is the president of ARG Coaching & Consulting Group in Phoenix, Arizona, where she helps business leaders conquer change and cultivate results.

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