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  • Can Women Really Have it All? 4 Moms’ Remarkable Answers

    See what Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng, Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Anne Gonzalez had to say.
    by Nikki Constantino .
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    Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng

    President, Summit Media

    Mom of two

    Lisa Gokongwei-Cheng

    Can women really have it all?

    “You can’t have it all at the same time. You can have a good family life at one point, but you may be sacrificing your career or vice-versa. The important thing is to know at what point is it more important to spend time with your family and when is it more important to spend time at work. 


    “I cannot speak for other women. Many people say that as an entrepreneur, you have the freedom to spend time with your kids when you want to, which is, to some extent, true. But as you grow your business, or if you want to grow it, in a way you lose control of [this freedom] when an opportunity presents itself, and you can’t let it go. If you do, your competitor would seize it, and that would hurt your business in the long run. It’s not your choice anymore.  

    “The family always has to come first. On the business side, you really just have to find people who can help you bring your business to the next level. You obviously cannot do it yourself.  

    “You can define what having it all means. You can say, ‘Okay, I’m happy enough that I can spend one hour with my kids after work and I’m happy enough to have a business that’s stable but not growing.’ I think I should also be happy that way, but I have employees who, if I don’t grow the business, can’t get increases, and I can’t hire more people, and one day the competitor would eat us alive, so I have to think of this family as well.  


    “I’m content with what I have, but I definitely don’t have it all. There’s always the [demands of] family, career, time for yourself or with your husband. If you’re a very busy woman, having time for yourself is automatically out the window.  

    “Everyone wants to have it all, but I’m not even sure if I do. I’m happy the way things are working out for me. I have enough stress that pushes me to be better and enough successes to know I’m doing something that I love and am passionate about. I have had to sacrifice certain things for those successes. You just have to accept that life is all about give and take and not about being blissfully happy.”

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