Gwyneth Paltrow's Biggest Obstacle to Starting Her Business Was…
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For just a moment, it's almost a bit easy to forget that before she became the trailblazing business mogul behind Goop, Gwyneth Paltrow was a Hollywood starlet success story, too. We know, how could we forget her iconic '90s style, crowned in that feat of victory at the 1999 Academy Awards where she took home the Oscar for Best Actress? But despite her successes (today, Goop is one of the most premiere lifestyle businesses), she's had plenty to overcome. The biggest obstacle? Well, being a woman, plain and simple.
At the Marie Claire Power Trip conference in San Francisco, Paltrow described an "uphill battle" for women in business. What's more, she observed that when women seek to pursue and achieve something different or unexpected (like transitioning from being an actress to being a CEO, for example), people get cagey.
"I think it’s really challenging being a woman in business, period," she shared. "I think that we face an uphill battle just when we walk in. I think it’s just a fact of life."
"I think people really like you how they know you, and I think it’s challenging for a woman to kind of shift her shape and especially to do something that’s provocative," Paltrow continued.
We have to say that we tend to agree. All the more reason to keep shape-shifting, to keep evolving, and to keep surprising your doubters with your unbridled capacity for amazingness.
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