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Don’t be Humble. Put on your Crown.

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“No one ever told LeBron James to ‘Shhh.’” – Mahlena-Rae Johnson (that’s me! 💁🏾)

The first time I said the above phrase, I was speaking to a group of fellow women entrepreneurs about personal branding for business and networking. I had outlined for the audience how to figure out who you are, what you want, and why that is important. I encouraged them to take pride in their success.

But I couldn’t help but wonder: why did I feel the need to emphasize that what you want is important? Moreover, how did I know that a reminder to be proud of getting what you want would resonate with women who have built their own businesses?

Because we are told to stay humble.

Whether women are rising stars in their corporate careers or successful entrepreneurs with an impressive roster of clients, we are encouraged to exercise humility about our accomplishments.

Don’t brag, because it might make someone else feel bad.

Don’t forget to be grateful for what you already have.

And if you don’t get the reward you actually deserve after working twice as hard, don’t complain, because you are still better off than most people.

No.

Put on your crown.

If you are a woman in business–your own or someone else’s–you probably are not presented with many opportunities to revel in your achievements. So today, I give you permission to celebrate by placing a shiny hat on your head.

“Who should put on a crown?”

If you have achieved something big, like landing a new client…

If you have achieved something small, like taking an actual lunch break away from your desk…

If you have something that is big for you, but small for other people, like getting out of bed in the morning…

…then put on your crown.

“Why should I put on a crown?”

Because you are worth it.

When was the last time you celebrated your wins? When was the last time you signaled to other women that success was possible? Sometimes your crown isn’t just about you; it’s also about the girls and women that you don’t realize are looking up to you as a blueprint for what they could dare to achieve. 

“How do I put on my crown?”

Physically, you could purchase a crown and plant on your noggin.

Metaphorically, you can start by writing out your accomplishments and weaving them into the way you present yourself, whether in person or online. For example, let’s take a look at your LinkedIn profile. Does it simply list your responsibilities at your current and previous positions, or does it feature the ways that you have translated your talents into triumphs? When you meet a new person in the workplace or at an event, do you minimize your contribution to your company, or do you proudly declare why you love what you do?

Start finding methods to share with the world how you excel at what you do. Your crown doesn’t need to knock anyone down with its largesse. Instead, the brilliance of your crown can attract other amazing women with your warmth and light.

“When should I put on my crown?”

Right now. There is no time like the present. Put that crown on your head.

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Mahlena-Rae Johnson

MAHLENA-RAE JOHNSON is a Social Media Marketing Manager and Multicultural Storyteller, who grew up on the mean beaches of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. During her senior year of high school, she was named Most Likely to Kidnap a Backstreet Boy. She has published 4 books, 4 web series, 6 websites, and over 1000 online articles for international audiences. As a recent transplant from the United States to Canada, Mahlena is still learning how to navigate the streets of Downtown Toronto, wondering whether to dress for sleet or sunshine during her first Canadian spring, and preparing for inevitable encounters with curious moose.

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