I’m no history buff, but lately I have been really into reading about the historic cowgirl Annie Oakley. The more and more I learn about this awesome icon and her story the more I love her message of women’s empowerment and what it really means.

You see, Annie had some characteristics that I admire and ideally most women entrepreneurs and professionals I know would like to embody; like strength, perseverance, dedication, love and compassion. She wasn’t handed her fame, she worked hard for it and it payed off. Annie struggled though poverty and pain from a very young age but never gave up trying to provide for her family and finally make a name for herself. She discovered her gifts as a marksman and despite her small 5 foot stature, proved everyone wrong – she was inspiring.

Not only did Annie Oakley make a name for herself by becoming one of the most top recognized women sharpshooters in the world with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show but she encouraged women to be strong and stand up for themselves. Annie was an entertainer but also an educator and believed strongly that it was crucial for women to learn to use a gun, as not only a form of physical and mental exercise, but to defend themselves.  In reality, she truly was one of the first women’s empowerment coach.

“Aim at a high mark and you will hit it. No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally you’ll hit the bull’s-eye of success.” Annie Oakley

What great advice! Keep going, aim high and you will hit your mark. This can be applied to life on so many levels. I have taken this on as my motto in my life and in my business of coaching women entrepreneurs and professionals to finally hit their mark by finding clarity and setting an action plan in place to reach their goals of achieving freedom in both their business and life. It is so important to keep moving forward and aiming high to achieve success.

Now you… What do you think of miss Annie Oakley? Do you resonate with her story or admire her? What other historic women icons do you look up to or would like to embody more qualities of? Would love to hear what you think by commenting below.