Today’s post is a bit personal, but I hope you can find a piece from this that could inspire you and awaken your dreams.
A lot of you may not know this but I am in the banking world. I was blessed with opportunities that even I still can not fathom. While working in South Africa, I was asked to join a bank in Europe to be a specialist and help build financial models. I remember thinking, ‘Me? This little girl from Botswana?’, ‘Are they sure they want ME?’. The mere fact that I was African and a young woman made me feel so unworthy of the position. I was terrified! The doubts started trickling in. “What if I don’t impress? What if they don’t like me?” I thought to myself. Needless to say I took the opportunity despite my doubts and went off to Europe.
The experience was unbelievable! Nothing I had even thought or imagined. I found myself in boardrooms training bankers on my processes and how my models worked. They listened to me, they challenged me and they taught me. It was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life and it taught me an important lesson. NEVER DOUBT YOURSELF! If I had let my fears get the better of me I probably would have not even taken the opportunity. The experience empowered me, it made me hungrier, it inspired me.
Although the experience was not COMPLETELY rosy (Perhaps that’s another blog post for another day). I am still thankful because it awakened something inside me that I never knew I had.
And here I am now, looking to challenge myself further and take yet another risk, much bigger than before. To be honest it is a scary feeling taking big risks, and I do feel somewhat nervous. So as a result, I decided to write a few words of wisdom for my future self to reflect on, because I know it will be a long and hard journey, but I also know it will be sooooooo worthwhile in the end.
1. DO NOT FEEL DISCOURAGED. If you are feeling discouraged give it to God and let it go. It is normal to feel like this but do not forget that this has been your dream for the longest time now. Don’t stop!
2. Not everyone will agree with you and that’s fine. Listen to your gut (It has always been right). Stay true to yourself and your goals. Do not allow ANYONE to change your plans.
3. You are strong, you are smart, you are capable. Never forget that.
4. Like mom always says, “Do not let the world take your smile!”
To all young ladies out there. The sky is the limit. Do not feel like you are any less because you are a woman. If you stay true to yourself, you will always achieve whatever you put your mind to. A small tip: Attitude is everything! Having a bad attitude will not get you anywhere. Nothing in this world is easy but if you want success be passionate and put in the work!
I love you guys! Stay encouraged!