Realistic Tips on How to Be a Bad-Ass and Successful Latina

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It’s a brand new year, and with that comes new opportunities and possibilities to be the successful Latina you’ve always been. Yes, I know the past ten months have been an exhausting rollercoaster, and as we approach the official one-year of this pandemic, the future is still uncertain.

However, we can still make the conscious decision to start this year off right. 

Having specific goals in mind, we have to dissect the steps to ensure its probability of success. The secret is in the details and in the efforts to make those wishes happen. We have to be consistent, determined and create a path to achieve those goals.

Here are some realistic tips on how to be a badass and successful Latinx. After all, we are in this together. Let us all connect and move forward!

Find your genuine support system

We are so used to doing things ourselves, afraid of others betraying us rather than helping us rise, that we forget that it does not have to be that way. 

Finding your personal support system is wonderful. Finding those who are genuinely there for you and support your craft is essential because these souls are the ones that will root for you in your wins and help you out in your losses. 

These supporters are your colleagues who both are comfortable enough to seek your advice and give you their honest opinion with their knowledge. It’s crucial to have this circle that you can strengthen as time goes on and as your progress in your career. 

A couple of my colleagues and I ended up connecting on a personal level after a couple of years of communicating only about work. Today they even know about my love life and give me unbiased opinions on both work and love situations I am so grateful for them!

Mentor and help whenever possible

Give with gratitude, and you shall receive with gratitude. 

The thing about any industry is that those in the bottom head to the top, and those in the top can crossover to other industries it’s a chain to embrace. An intern asking for tips will eventually hold a position that you may need to have access to; your colleague can eventually switch careers, etc.  

It’s important to always water someone’s flowers when you can, not just because of what you can receive in return but for your own character and curiosity. 

In the long run, these acts of kindness are forever cherished, and you never know they can be planting seeds without you even realizing it.

Always Network!

It’s true when people say that it’s all about whom you know. This concept used to terrify me what if I didn’t create these relationships authentically? What if I missed an opportunity with someone? 

These anxious thoughts would always haunt me until I realized that anyone who is supposed to be in your life will BE in your life. These opportunities will not pass you by if they’re meant for you. But to recognize the opportunity, you have to strip down precisely what you want. 

Forbes describes this as “strategic networking,” explaining that “when you begin to reach out to people to build your network, ask yourself what your mission is in your career and what your motive is to build that specific relationship.” 

The key is to be clear and strategic about your moves! 

I used to be very introverted, so my social moves were always planned to be during my highest energy. 

I met my boss of 5 years by strategically interviewing one of her then clients at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. I followed her on social media, and when she posted about looking for an assistant, I instantly emailed her my resume. Here, I utilized my networking with her at a festival to land the interview. That was the first step created by my writing passion towards my public relations career in Latin indie music. It’s the little things that made the difference, and for that, I am forever grateful.

Negotiate

Negotiation is key. Even when you’re starting, you should look into the estimated salaries of the job you’re securing or looking to secure. Trust your colleagues, and don’t be embarrassed to ask around for a number before accepting the number offered. The reason? Gender pay gap. 

According to Payscale, “In 2020, women make only $0.81 for every dollar a man makes.” It’s great to have this in mind, especially if you work in a larger space with more male counterparts, to be aware of the gap. How much are they getting paid? In smaller companies, the pay gap is inevitable, but it’s not something that cannot be spoken about. 

From past experiences, I would still ask my trusted colleagues with similar positions to mine to make sure the amount of my work expected balanced with what I was getting paid at the time. If I disagreed with the workload vs. the salary, I’d speak up because that’s what gets you heard. To be a badass, you have to be heard… even if it forces you out of your comfort zone.

Realistically speaking, you’re able to do it all. Utilize your skills, your groups, and your talents to nurture your goals in real life. 

We often believe something is out of our reach or impossible due to our past, but it truly is attainable with adequate habits and efforts towards your success. These little efforts create the difference in the long run as long as you stick to it and keep organizing yourself to stay on the right path. 

Remember, success is not linear it takes molding and often brainstorming to help keep on track. When you feel that you do not have the answer, that’s where your colleagues and networking comes into play. Mentors and your support system will have your back even if it feels like it’s something silly to ask about. 

If we don’t have each other’s backs, who will? We are here to make it big together, and if you don’t feel that authenticity with a particular person, there are more kind souls ready to vibe and reciprocate your energy. This year is your year!