Get “Ahead of Your Time”

Posted August 1, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Life After Five

There’s the woman who invented the Murphy bed, a gal once nicknamed “The Witch of Wallstreet”, the first self-made female millionaire, and the famed cosmetic giant Elizabeth Arden. What do these woman have in common? They all made the list of’s “11 Brilliant Businesswomen Who Were Way Ahead of Their Time. defines the idiom “ahead of one’s time” as meaning”having ideas or attitudes that are too advanced to be acceptable in the present.” Think about the women above for a moment when considering this definition. Elizabeth Arden pioneered anti-aging when the words didn’t even exist. She was a chemist who created the first creams for beauty. Sarah Goode, who invented the Murphy bed, was a pioneer in small space living during a time when most people couldn’t imagine the idea of apartments or condos. Their inventions and belief in what they were doing was unpopular and even called crazy at times, but they pioneered entire industries.

How can we learn from these women? How can you be “ahead of your time”?

  • Be willing to voice an unpopular opinion. It’s easy to go with the team mentality, to always agree with the majority. But true pioneers are those who are willing to voice the unpopular opinion, say what needs to be said even if it means bucking some criticism.
  • Believe in your convictions. If you truly believe in something, you’ll be able to articulate it beautifully. So know what you believe in at your core, and you’ll show others how important and groundbreaking your ideas can be.
  • You have to say “I don’t care what you think” and mean it. Do you think Elizabeth Arden cared what the world thought about her invention? Clearly she didn’t, or she wouldn’t have been successful. You have to do the same. If you are willing to voice your opinion, and you believe in your convictions wholeheartedly, then you have to be willing to dismiss the opinions of others as well.

So go ahead Career Girls, get ahead of your time. It could change your life…..and the world.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."