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3 Life Lessons from Wonder Woman Gal Gadot

When the original Wonder Woman came out in 1975, there weren’t a lot well-recognized female superheroes in the world.

Flash-forward to today, and we can see them everywhere, on screen and off. I encounter wonder women in my life every day–my mother, best friend, colleagues, and with whom I leaders I work. For example, a colleague Tania Katan, co-created a female empowerment campaign#ItWasNeverADress, for software company Axosoft.

And, as it turns out, Gal Gadot, who plays the new Wonder Woman, is one in real life, too.

Here are three lessons professional women can glean from the actress:

1. It’s not about work-life balance; it is about management.

Gal shot the blockbuster in LA, while her family lives in Israel. She knew she couldn’t balance the time between work and family. After all, she cannot be in two places at once.

So, she did the next best thing–she mastered international conference calls, international travel, jet lag, and time zones. She shuttled herself back and forth to audition for the movie, meet about it, and then film it so that she could continue her career while being a mommy and wife.

2. Don’t wait for the baby.

I am asked by women all the time if they should put off starting a family so that it doesn’t stall their professional momentum. They try to time their pregnancies around their careers. But, Gal did it a different way. She went for both at the same time.

She was pregnant while filming the Wonder Woman movie and they green screened out her baby bump. She didn’t try to arrange her life or hold herself back; she knew she wanted to have a family and she went for it.

And, being Wonder Woman doesn’t mean being able to do it all by yourself. It means being part of a team. Gal has a husband that supports her in her goals and plays a substantial role at home. Ask for help, and take it if offered.

3. Leverage all your skills.

Who would have thought that being in the military would help an acting career?

Gal served for two years in the Israeli army, and her knowledge of weapons and physical strength helped her land her a part in Fast and Furious, and then in Wonder Woman where she does most of her own stunts.

Gal used her unique skill set and made it work for her.

So, look at all your past experiences or all the challenges you tackle in your life–even in your personal life–and use that to your advantage.

I can’t write an article about Wonder Women without a shout-out to the first, Lynda Carter. As a young girl, I looked up to her in the role and always liked her calm, yet commanding presence.

Lynda, if you’re reading this, you’ll always be my number one.


A version of this post was first published on Inc. 

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Melissa Lamson

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Melissa Lamson, Founder and President of Lamson Consulting, is an author, consultant, and speaker who accelerates the business expansion goals of today’s most successful companies by developing global mindset, refining leadership skills, and bridging cross cultural communication. More About Melissa Lamson