Sarah Jessica Parker  Actress, Producer, & Footwear Designer.  SJP Collection.

Sarah Jessica Parker
Actress, Producer, & Footwear Designer.

SJP Collection.

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I think sometimes women get caught up in not having concrete credit or the skill on our CV so therefore that makes us ill-equipped or not ready, but everybody starts somewhere. You just have to summon something that you don’t even know you have.

If you want to do something you have to find a way out of the house and if you don’t you will just kick yourself later for not just giving it a go. I know that is hard for a lot of people, because a lot of people in this country are struggling financially; they are not in the financial position to start a business. They are working two or three jobs, they don’t have good childcare they are worried about their health insurance. That’s why I always try and preface these conversations by acknowledging that I am in a different position. To be able to make a choice is such a privilege. But I wish I could be at home with these other women - to pull them out.

The hardest part though is asking for help – for women particularly. It just feels weak. It feels needy. It feels hat in hand. But I think it is very impressive when people reach out and say, “You know this is an area of interest. This is what I know but this is what I don’t know. I would love to know more, so if I could just have 15 minutes of your time.” I think the hardest part is just asking for help.

Partially confidence comes from just knowing that you do have something to offer. Confidence can come and go because there are areas in which I don’t know something or areas where I know a lot. But I think when people believe in something, and they are excited about something and they have informed themselves as much as they can. I think that says lot to other people.