As I reflect over my Monday morning coffee, I wondered what lead me to over-commit on a usually relaxing family, friends and self-care Sunday. My friends and colleagues roll their eyes at me when I share about how optimistic my offices, classrooms and circles of friends and family are. Sometimes I forget on my path of educational entrepreneurship, that we have to expect to meet a variety of people as we grow in our leadership capabilities.

Under time-sensitive moments, we can be pushed us outside of our comfort zones of building and maintaining relationships. And I know I’m not pleasant and may not make best of quick decisions and reactions upon moments of hangriness. (ie: low blood sugar for not eating).

Sometimes I wonder am I the only one feeling a bit sore after saying a few words due to hangriness and tiredness? Or sometimes wondering you’re the only woman running around to make the most of the many lives she cares for, have an occasional whisper in the back of your mind questioning why do you put yourself through busy-ness and madness?

Did you ever wish you could have coffee with some of the most successful young women entrepreneurs? Get a peek into how they face challenges, find the courage to strike out on their own, cope with daunting workloads and doubting family and friends? Well, now you have the next best thing. 

“Go Against the Flow,” is more than a book, says Charu, “it’s a movement that aims to inspire women to take intelligent risks, trust their vision, and develop leadership skills.” In addition to editing this collection of wisdom from the top women entrepreneurs, Charu also produced a documentary about them in late 2015 and a Huffington Post interview series (More:  The Go Against the Flow initiative has been championed by cutting-edge companies like LinkedIn (who hosted the premier of the documentary); and respected women entrepreneurs, including Kimber Lockhart, Joanne Wilson, Chris Yeh and Joanna Shields.

The book shares insights from:

  • Walking away from well-trod path, even when it means forfeiting scholarships, tempting job offers, and the approval of friends and family: Following your passion is tough when it means turning away from opportunities that promise security and ruffling the waters of personal relationships, but that is just what some of these women have done and they can explain how they made the tough choice to blaze their own path even when more conventional routes beckoned.  
  • When following your passion means cracking a boys club. Many of the women profiled in Go Against the Flow are staking their claim in traditionally male-dominated fields, such as tech and science. They share their secrets for taking on the obstacles that go along with the gender gap—and give us a real-world glimpse into how much work still needs to be done to achieve gender equality.
  • How to find the right partner, and why it’s actually a good idea to work with friends.
  • Why now is the best time to become an entrepreneur and how women entrepreneurs can change the face of business and remake how the public thinks of women leaders.
  • Should you bootstrap or seek investors in your company?
  • Confidence is capital: Why women who strike out on their own must project self-confidence, even in the midst of self-doubt.
  • Coping with failure and crisis: Few entrepreneurs can claim that the road to success was smooth. Coping with failure and crisis can actually make you a stronger leader and teach you lessons that will be invaluable to future success.
  • How you can be both an introvert and a successful entrepreneur.

About the author
CHARU SHARMA is an award-winning entrepreneur, explorer and author based in Silicon Valley. With 5 National Awards, expeditions to all 7 continents, over 600 stage shows, and two startups, this prodigy was enlisted as a “Power Woman” alongside such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Gandhi, and Melinda Gates by Youth Incorporated magazine in March 2012.Charu built two startup companies from her college dorm room before getting recruited by LinkedIn.

Charu realized that other young women around her were seeking traditional career paths because they did not have exposure to the entrepreneurial path or access to the right female mentors. To solve this, Charu brought together audacious women entrepreneurs and founded the Go Against the Flow movement—through her book, documentary film and Huffington Post Q&A series- to inspire other millennial women to take intelligent risks and consider building their own startup companies.