Ivanka Trump is not just an American business executive, former model, and writer. She is also married to real estate mogul Jared Kushner and the mother of two children, daughter Arabella Rose and son Joseph Frederick.
In addition, the 33-year-old is founder of the Ivanka Trump fashion brand, executive vice president of development and acquisitions for the Trump organization, and daughter of business mogul Donald Trump.
If that’s not enough, Ivanka recently launched the initiative #WomenWhoWork, celebrating women who work at all aspects of their lives, while embracing the fact that lives are multidimensional.
Ivanka Trump is tired of seeing women depicted in just one way.
In a recent Business Insider interview, Ivanka expressed her thoughts on how women are stereotyped in the workplace.
“There’s a very generic image of working women. It’s not multifaceted. People don’t talk about a working man. It’s just assumed. When you say working woman, it has a negative connotation.”
Trump revealed more about how the workplace for women has evolved over time and how technology breaks down traditional roles.
“We live in an interesting time. Work is changing for men as much as it is for women. Men expect and want to be part of their children’s lives. They’re living in a different way than their fathers did. Twenty years ago, life was siloed into work and home. Now it’s very different. People send emails at 11 at night. There’s been a breakdown of that division between the professional realm and personal realm.”
Ivanka shared with Algemeiner how she tries to adjust her precious time around work and family.
“From Friday to Saturday we don’t do anything but hang out with one another. We don’t make phone calls. It’s an amazing thing when you’re so connected to really sign off. And for [my daughter] Arabella to know that she has me, undivided one day a week. We don’t do anything except play with each other, hang out with one another, go on walks together. Pure family.”
Trump offered her explanation as to why she prefers an unbalanced work-life.
“People obsess too much about balance. A scale is only in balance for a brief second. Inevitably the pendulum swings. It’s impossible to maintain.”
When Racked asked Ivanka what it’s like to be a working mother, she had this to say.
“On a basic level, all moms are working moms. I’m more exhausted on a Monday morning after a weekend with the kids than I am on a Friday afternoon after an intense week at the office. All women are working hard at their lives and whatever path that takes them down. By working in a professional capacity and having a family that is my top priority, there are obligations that I have and personal goals for myself. It’s complicated, but that’s part of the excitement. I’m in a unique part of my life where it’s chaotic and it’s amazing and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Having children has made me incredibly focused and efficient in terms of how I spend my day and how I look at problems. I don’t have a lot of time to spare.”
Ivanka defines success and offers some advice on how to achieve success in today’s world.
“I don’t think you are truly successful unless you are a happy person and are happy with your life. I know many people who are professionally successful but miserable. I’m happy when I’m achieving my professional goals and when I’m with my husband and children. Identify what you love doing and do it. It’s very hard to be great at what you do if you aren’t deeply passionate. I know plenty of brilliant people who never went the distance because others were more passionate, worked harder, and had a laser focus. Pessimists are toxic. I love optimists, and by that, I don’t mean people who are unable to see challenges. Optimists are solution-oriented.”
Ivanka Trump approaches life by looking at the big picture, realizing life is a marathon, not a sprint.
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