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Although it shouldn’t be, it’s still a thing when a woman is ambitious. In fact, if a woman simply wants a career and works hard, she’s called ambitious. If a man wants a career and works hard he’s called a man. A man would have to be on the verge of opening his tenth successful chain business to be called ambitious; women get the title simply for choosing to work instead of having a family (or aiming to have both). While men may see that discrepancy as unfair, women actually feel it’s a bit condescending. Professional women don’t feel that they’re doing anything out of the ordinary by pursuing a career—they’re doing what feels natural to them. This is just one of the many, many concerns and issues that cross the mind of an ambitious woman every day. Here are crippling fears ambitious women all have.

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I’ll wish I’d had more fun

Do we ever look at women who chose to take on low-stress jobs that they can leave at work—jobs like bartending and babysitting—and watch them fully enjoy happy hour or vacations without taking work calls and think, “I’ll wish I’d done that. I’ll wish I’d taken on less stress and had more fun?” Of course, we do.

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