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MJ Lifestyle Issue 01 Digital

“Don’t be afraid to

“Don’t be afraid to speak up and take risks” - Jess VerSteeg ISSUE 01 46

WHAT ICONIC WOMEN HAVE MADE YOU PROUD TO BE A WOMAN? (cont.) Michelle Obama The first african american first lady who showed the world that you can be a smart women and support your husband without having to fit into the “pretty housewife that does nothing”. She led several meaningful initiatives, most notably her Let’s Move! campaign to fight childhood obesity. Ashley Graham A plus-size model from a small town who made every women with curves feel good in their own skin by promoting body positivity with her vivacious confidence and healthy curves. Beyoncé Throughout her career, she has embodied fierce femininity. Young women like Emma Gonzalez A survivor of the deadly February 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Who has now become a gun-control activist with a powerful voice. Tarana Burke Civil rights activist and founder of the #MeToo movement in the ‘90s long before the hashtag went viral. She has since founded Just Be Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides support for victims of sexual harassment and assault. Whoopi Responsible for creating Whoopi & Maya, cannabisinfused products that fight the symptoms of PMS. Her product line has everything a woman could ever need to help push through a painful period. From bath soaks to tinctures, these products are a true lifesaver for females. Finally it’s ok to talk about periods and help women feel better. Amy Margolis Not only is she an advocate for cannabis policies in the state of Oregon, but she also is the Executive Director of the Oregon Cannabis Association where she represents people that have been faced with cannabis-related offenses and has been doing so for thirteen years. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR WOMEN WITH A BRILLIANT LIFE-CHANGING IDEA? WHAT ARE SOME OF THE FIRST STEPS WE SHOULD TAKE? There are three small things that I think women should do in the workplace to ensure their brilliant life-changing idea are heard: #1 Know Your Worth. Remember that trying to be someone else is a waste of the person you are. There are over 3.5 billion women in the world, but there is nobody else in the world with your unique life experiences. The obstacles and challenges you have overcome in life along with how you think or solve problems in business are entirely exclusive to you. No matter what anyone tries to tell you, remember that you have something unique to offer. Do not underestimate that to be successful, it’s crucial that you learn to like and to love yourself. Having this selfawareness, understanding precisely what you bring to the table, and having the confidence to carry it through to the end will ultimately help you navigate the workplace more effectively. You can be confident, savvy, and successful, but it starts with knowing who you are, what you’re worth, and the uniqueness you have to offer. Believing in your ideas, no matter how crazy they might seem, is integral to achieving any of your goals. Confidence and knowing your self-worth is critical. #2 Don’t be afraid to speak up or take risks. It should be no surprise to hear that men reportedly do 75% of the talking during a typical business meeting. Even women in more senior roles can find it challenging to make their voice heard above others in the room, so confidence plays the most significant role in overcoming any fears that your ideas are not good enough or that you will appear too loud and forceful. However, opting to stay silent rather than risk looking foolish or stepping out of line should never be an option. Seth Godin famously said, “Playing it safe and not taking a risk is probably the most dangerous thing you could do in today’s rapidly changing and highly competitive business environment.” But, so many women are still afraid to voice their ideas and opinions out of fear that they will not be taken seriously. I recommend practicing in meetings or brainstorming sessions because they are the perfect time to interject and share your thoughts that could benefit your company or customers. Successful women don’t make reckless decisions, but they do know when to stop playing it safe and how to take a calculated risk. #3 Express gratitude to those around you while lifting them up. Successful women acknowledge those who support them every day — both in their personal lives and in the office. It’s not all about you, helping and supporting your network to achieve their goals is equally as important to achieving personal success. I have experienced first-hand how graciousness not only makes me a better person, but also fosters respect and loyalty from those around me. I also believe in supporting the dreams of my tribe, because the best kind of success happens when everyone has a sense of ownership and feels a part of that success. Although we have all heard the slightly cheesy line, “teamwork makes the dream work,” it is the secret sauce that makes great things happen. Bringing a group of people together with unique life experiences and worldviews from different genders, races, and nationalities enables everyone to achieve more and succeed together. What if we could also extend this philosophy beyond the office and into our home lives and treat everyone we meet the way we would want to be treated ourselves? Not only would our lives be better, but we would be paving the way for a better and kinder world. ANY TIPS ON WHAT INFORMATION TO LOOK FOR WHEN PURCHASING CANNABIS? First of all, you need to be sure on what you want to buy. There are thousands of strains of cannabis, all different and all possessing their own set of unique properties. On a broad scale, you can break these down into Sativa, Indica and Hybrids. The best piece of advice is to buy from a reputable dispensary with a proven track record, great reviews and one that is transparent in their operations and product sourcing. In the future, Paragon will help with this transparency. What everybody should avoid is buying from dispensaries that are not forthcoming about their products when questions are asked, or cannot elaborate on their products or growing history whatsoever. HOW CAN THE MJ COMMUNITY GET INVOLVED IN THE PARAGON COIN MOVEMENT? There are many ways the MJ Community can get involved in Paragons project. First and foremost, users can sign up for our online platform at www.paragoncoin.com, this also enables email updates for staying tuned in to our latest news and developments. Any part of the MJ community that works within the cannabis industry may be in need of working space in one of our operating areas. We welcome these individuals to come and work in our Paragon Space to cross-pollinate with other individuals within the industry. 47 @MJLIFESTYLE

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