What’s your superpower? 你有什麼超能力?

Many would say you are too busy being mom with 2 young girls, how could you even start a business? Indeed there are countless reasons why a mom is best suited to be an entrepreneur, here are just a few of them:

朋友常問我怎麼可你照顧兩個小朋友之餘也可以創業?事實上有太多原因為什麼媽媽的適合創業,讓我們看看幾個:

Time management 時間管理

Motherhood does not make us less ambitious. Being mom just makes us more flexible and adaptive to changes.   We need to manage our own schedules and knowing how to joggle things around to cater for the children’s schedules.    We can always handle unexpected issues and prioritise things such as dinner with in-laws or parent-teacher meetings.   Likewise, running your own business also requires the same time management skill – which would not be otherwise any more difficult than dealing with a mother’s schedule.

當上媽媽後並不應該減退你的上進心,而是有更多機會令你學懂怎樣變得靈活應付生活上的改變。我們要懂得處理自己的時間表,也懂得怎樣編制自己的時間去遷就小朋友的活動。我們也能夠應付那些突如其來的事故:如回娘家食晚飯或與學校老師會面。同樣地,要打理好一盤生意也需要良好的時間管理,這一點當然難不倒媽媽們。

Multitasking 同步應付多項事務

Loads of studies already proved how women are better multitaskers than men; women with children are definitely the black belt master of multi-tasking.   Constantly kids are calling for their mothers all the time and the wonderful law of attraction makes the young siblings yell and scream even louder.   An entrepreneur often begins with a start up and often being one man company so undoubtedly is required to have 4 hands at any point in time so having an extra task or two from running a business is not any big of a deal for any mother.

坊間已經有很多研究證明,女性比男性遠能夠同時間應付多樣任務。育有孩子的女性當然更是這個項目的高手。孩子中喜歡同時間嚷着媽媽,更甚的是年紀小的更喜歡叫喊得更大聲。因為創業家當起步的時候通常也只有自己一位,什麼東西也是自己處理,那當然需要同一時間處理多件項目吧!

Delegation 知人善任

In most households, the ladies are the ones calling the shots and allocating the job duties and tasks to the rest of the family members.   Delegation is more than just telling others what to do but also requires instructing, motivating, monitoring and appreciating.   It is not good delegation without clear instructions to be followed and you also need motivations (often incentives) to encourage.   Delegating does not mean you are completely hands off; you need to monitor the progress to make sure it is on the right track.   Of course we always need to show appreciation to the people who are helping around us.     Being one’s own boss, an entrepreneur also needs to know how to outsource certain tasks and jobs to others, allowing herself to focus on what she is best at.

在大多家庭𥚃,女主人一般也是操控話事權,分配家中大小事務及各人分擔。但這卻不單告訴他人做什麼,而是包含說明、推動、監控和欣賞。要有清晰的指示加上適量的鼓勵(一般也是獎賞)再配合點到即止的觀察以及不能遺忘的感恩才可達至最完美的「知人善任」。當一位創業家也是需要懂得分擔自己手頭上的工作,才能專注做好自己最棒的一面。

Adequate EQ 適中的情緒智商

Often time as moms, we need to deal with our own problems but at the same time pamper the kids’ emotions.    Our stress level tends to go up and down with that of the kids’.    Having adequate EQ makes it possible to manage the elevating demands and requests from the children.   An entrepreneur is often working in high pressure environment – joggling many miscellaneous things, meeting different deadlines, handling multiple challenges.

媽媽們不單要處理自己的問題,也需要時時刻刻安撫孩子們的情緒。我們的情緒很多時候也被孩子的脾氣牽動着。適中的情緒智商能讓我們妥善處理好孩子們不斷增加的要求。創業家經常在高壓環境下工作,處理各種大小事務、追趕死線、以及應付大小挑戰。

Do I have any super power? 我是否有任何超能力?

Hell no, I’m just a mom. 傻的嗎,我只是一位媽媽。

About the contributor 投稿者檔案

Ever since she has been a mother, Lena has put aside her career and focus on her children. Although she has left her job, Lena has never given up her own dream. With the children start schooling now, she has returned but this time working for herself and helping others dreams come true.

Lena is a Canadian Hong Konger. She was previously working for a number of asset management firms and was chartered as CFA. A mother of two daughters, Lena works as a business consultant helping small business to grow.

加入媽媽行列後,Lena放下了高薪厚職專心照顧孩子。雖然只是暫別工作,但是她沒有放棄理想。現在孩子已經開始上學Lena回歸職場,但這回決定為自己拼命,為他人圓夢。

Lena為加藉港人,曾任職多間資產管理公司並擁有特許金融分析師(CFA)認可資格。現育兩女兒,當商務顧問為中小企策劃業務拓展。

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