WOLFPACK: How to Come Together, Unleash Our Power, and Change the Gameby Abby Wambach
Wolfpack is an empowering and insightful guide specifically crafted for women, highlighting the fundamental values of excellence, honor, commitment, resilience, and sisterhood that are essential for their growth and success. With a bold stance against outdated leadership norms, the book introduces a fresh set of Wolfpack rules, enabling women to turn setbacks into wisdom, assume leadership from any position, actively support one another, and fearlessly assert their rightful place in society. Through its compelling narrative, the book serves as a catalyst for women to embrace their inner wolves, paving the way for personal and collective progress, and shaping a brighter future for themselves and future generations.
Charting Your Own Path
We're often brought up with the belief that it's safer and wiser to stick to the well-trodden path rather than explore new possibilities. This conventional wisdom promotes conformity, discourages curiosity, and emphasizes the importance of fitting into societal norms. While there is value in following a proven route, there are moments when the only way to fulfill our deepest desires and reach our full potential is by taking risks and charting our own course.
When we choose to conform to societal expectations, we're expected to follow certain rules and play predefined roles. We're told not to ask too many questions or deviate from the norm, and we're advised to keep our expectations modest and within acceptable limits. However, those who dare to venture off the beaten path often discover the true essence of their individuality and bring their aspirations to life.
By diverging from the prescribed path, individuals gain the freedom to express themselves authentically. They can dress in a way that reflects their true identity and personal style, rather than conforming to rigid standards of appearance. They can also have the liberty to love whomever they choose without being bound by societal expectations or prejudices. This liberation allows them to become the person they've always envisioned themselves to be, rather than conforming to a predetermined mold.
In essence, we were never meant to be Little Red Riding Hood, obediently following the trail set by others. Deep down, we are the wolves—bold, fearless, and ready to explore uncharted territories. We are meant to embrace our individuality and venture into the unknown, where we can discover our true potential and create a life that aligns with our dreams and aspirations.
Actions to take
Leading from Wherever You Are
Leadership is not a title that one must earn; rather, it is a power that anyone can claim. We are all entitled to seize this power, and it is our responsibility to fulfill this role with diligence. To be a leader means to prioritize self-care while empowering others to do the same.
Leadership doesn't always manifest in grand gestures. It can be observed in the small actions we take every day. This could be as simple as becoming involved in your community, volunteering at a local school, or offering words of encouragement to a friend in need of support. In essence, leadership means establishing clear boundaries and confidently asserting that kindness is the standard we uphold in our interactions with others.
Actions to take
Transform Failure into Fuel
In our society, there is often a strong emphasis on achieving perfection, especially for women. This societal pressure leads many of us to view mistakes and failures as inherently negative and something to be avoided at all costs.
The truth is, failure is not something to be ashamed of, and it definitely doesn't mean we're unworthy. In fact, it is often the opposite: failure can be a chance for us to rise up and show what we're made of. When we're too scared to fail, we end up playing it safe and never taking any risks. We hold ourselves back and end up failing before we even begin.
So instead of constantly worrying about "what if I fail?" we should make a promise to ourselves that we'll stick around, no matter what. We need to change our mindset and see failure as a stepping stone, not a roadblock. It's a natural part of the learning process and a chance for us to grow and improve.
By adopting this perspective, we open ourselves up to new possibilities and are more likely to take risks and pursue our goals with determination.
Actions to take
Believing in Yourself
Many of us tend to underestimate the tremendous power we hold within ourselves, often without even realizing it. Unfortunately, this is especially true for women, who frequently lack awareness of their own capabilities. To achieve greatness in our lives, it is important to have faith in ourselves and consistently strive for excellence in everything we do.
Actions to take
Leading with Humanity
When we think about leaders, we usually imagine strong and dominant individuals who take charge. But this actually doesn't have to always be the case.
Vulnerability is a crucial aspect of leadership, and it doesn't mean being weak or lacking strength. It's about knowing who you are as a leader and being comfortable showing your true self to your team. Real leaders don't try to fit into a specific mold of what society thinks a leader should be. They understand that leadership can come in all shapes and forms, as unique as the individuals themselves.
When you allow yourself to be vulnerable as a leader, you start to build a stronger connection with your team. And by opening up and sharing your own experiences, you create an environment where your team members feel comfortable doing the same. It's a two-way street of trust and understanding. You learn more about them, and they learn more about you.
This kind of vulnerability-centered leadership transforms the organization. It creates a culture that values humanity and compassion. No longer is it about strict hierarchies and power plays. It's about building a team that supports and cares for each other.
Actions to take
Building a Supportive and Empowered Community
The community you are a part of holds a profound influence over your life. When you find people who are not only willing to listen but can also relate to your experiences, the weight of your struggles lessens as you open yourself up to sharing with them.
This is why it is important to create a community where mutual support, accountability, and a shared commitment to making a positive change in the world are nurtured. By actively participating in such a community, you are able to provide support to others while also receiving support in return. This creates an environment where you can truly thrive. You realize that you're not alone in what you're going through and that you can lean on others for support and encouragement.
Aside from this, being part of a supportive community enhances your sense of responsibility and motivation. When surrounded by like-minded individuals who share similar values and aspirations, you are more likely to stay committed to your own goals. The collective accountability within the community drives everyone forward, empowering each member to persevere and make progress.