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In Business, Are Men More Ambitious Than Women? - Articles Surfing
I am friends with many business owners and one thing I have noticed is that the men are generally more ambitious than their female counterparts. The driving forces behind starting their business tend to be different as well.
Many business women that I know place a higher value on their business relationships then men, and often place a greater emphasis on family, security and work life balance. They tend to reach their comfort zone a lot quicker once the business is generating a decent income and then subconsciously apply the brakes to future growth.
Males on the other hand tend to a lot more ambitious and place a greater emphasis on power. Some of them would do anything to get ahead including hurting their business colleagues and friends. They also tend to take more risks once their existing business is generating a decent income.
In analysing my business friends, I have also come to the conclusion that males are much more likely to choose a business model purely based on potential return than their female counterparts. The business women that I know have tended to mainly look at business niches that they find appealing first, and then think carefully about how they could make money in that niche.
Now before you accuse me of sexism, let me make it clear that the above points are generally true of the business people that I know. I also know a few business men and women that do not fit into the pigeon holes described above.
Another interesting fact that I have observed is that woman are much more likely to seek advice from their peers and take more time before making big business decisions. Men are much more likely to be impulsive when taking risks, often making large decisions on the spot.
Could the reason for this be due to the fact that women are generally the nurturers of children in our society and therefore are forced to take fewer risks and place greater emphasis on security?
I remember reading an article in a newspaper that claimed that women with higher testosterone levels than average were much more likely to enter the business world and place less emphasis on family life.
Women that I know tend to have different reasons for starting their business then men. They place greater emphasis on family life, security and also tend to enter fields that are appealing to them.
Men tend to place greater emphasis on profit potential and their desire for profits often goes hand in hand with their desire to be powerful. Men are much more likely to sacrifice their family life to achieve more in the business world.
Women tend to apply the brakes earlier then men once they have reached their comfort zone, whilst men are much more likely to take risks so that they can drive their business forward to greater heights.
I believe that this is the main reason why some of my male business friends have achieved so much more and could also explain why I know more male bankrupts then female!
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