Don’t Let Other People’s Opinions Stop You

Hey there, mama! I want to talk about something that I just keep hearing time and time again from so many women. I rarely hear this from men. What I keep hearing is that people are afraid, women are afraid of what other people are going to think about them if they do something, if they start a side hustle, if they change jobs, if they cut their hair! It doesn't matter what it is, right? People are very worried about other people's opinions.

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And so I actually just recorded a podcast episode, episode number 75, all about this topic. And I can't think of a worse thing than to let ourselves be held back from doing something that we want to do because we're worried about what someone else is going to think about it. Because here's the really crazy thing. It is such a human nature thing to judge others. Everyone judges. It is what we do as humans.  We all judge every day. Even if hopefully you're a good person and after you have the judging thought, you think, oh well good for them. I don't know their situation and I don't know what's going on in their life and you kind of back off of some of your judgments.

But some people, they're not as nice and they do have opinions of what you are doing. They may be like, oh my gosh, I can't believe she cut her hair, or I can't believe she's starting a podcast, or what is she doing selling skincare?  Whatever it is, right?

And I just want to just really implore you to let go of what other people's opinions mean in your life, and what power you're giving to other people by holding back something you want to do because you're afraid of what others are going to think.

So, I want you to shed that as best you can, and definitely listen to episode 75 of the podcast where I share this message that other people's opinions really should have no bearing on what you do in your life.

If I let the fear of other people's opinions stop me from leaving corporate, starting my own boutique, selling my boutique, starting a podcast, I would never have created them.  The funny thing is it's usually just our fear of what other people might think that holds us back from things that we want to do. And I'm just telling you, you can never ever really even know what someone's thinking in their and in their mind, right? It's not your business.

Your business is you. And the last thing that I know I want in my life is to have regrets, to be near the end of my life and think, oh my gosh, I wish I had done this. I wish I had left a job I didn't love. I wish that I had written a book or I wish whatever it is, right? I don't want to have those regrets. I don't think you do either.

And so I keep hearing it from clients, from women that are starting a business or starting a side hustle, and they're so afraid of what other people are going to think as they do this, that it holds them back. And I'm getting a little tougher in my coaching now where I kind of say, well then don't do it then. If you can't move past what other people might be thinking, you can't move forward. You have to let it go. Otherwise don't even start to try a side hustle or a side business or something because if you let other people's opinions hold you back, you'll never actually really get there.

So, one of the things I wanted to let you guys know about, I'm going to put the link here in the video, but I created a free guide and it's the top five side hustles that you could start today. People ask me all the time like, “oh, I love the idea of bringing in, you know, an extra $500, $1500, $2,000 or more a month for my family.  I just don't know what to do.” So I created a free guide. I walk through five but really there are more than five, but it is a good place to start and get you thinking! There are so many different things this day and age that you can do as a side hustle.

In fact, 50% of millennials have a side hustle. 50%, because they're coming out of school with more debt than ever before. Side hustles can do so much for you and your family!  It could be that a family vacation that you want to go on and it starts to fund your family vacation fund. Maybe it is to help pay off some debt or your mortgage faster. Maybe it's to be able to have your Target fund or your Stitch Fix fund, right? So your husband or your spouse isn't giving you a hard time about that Target run, whatever it is, whatever it is that you want, the neat thing is there's so many options.

And so that's why I created the free guide just to give you five ideas of things that you might be able to do and start today. Again, you've got to let go of what anyone else might think that could help you bring in that additional income into your family. Like how cool is that? Grab your guide below and then take a look at it, get out a pen and paper. After you read the free guide and say, okay, what do I have to offer? What are my experiences or challenges, or maybe it's your career experience. Maybe it's your momming experience that you could put into a side hustle.

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So go grab your free guide. I would love to hear what you think of it. If you feel brave and bold, and leave a comment below and let me know either if you have a side hustle or there's something that you've wanted to start, or after you read the free guide maybe you are inspired and you want to share it with everyone here. Okay? But don't let other people's opinions hold you back. We're here to cheer you on and just know that you've got something inside of you that the world needs. All right?

You got this mama!

xo, Julie

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I’m Julie Ciardi!

I am a former Fortune 50 executive (20 years in the corporate world!) and I finally answered my soul’s calling and started my own business in 2017. I am a mom of 3 and married to a retired first responder. I am on a mission to help women create income aligned with their life’s work. I would love to help YOU.

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