|The 9 year old tycoon in me|
"The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself." Mark Caine
The quote above takes me back to many stages in my life when I asked myself – can I really do it, having this challenging situation, this environment, being who I am and with little resources I have? Just like you, I was in doubt in many different occasions. I experienced hardships, failures and many trials that could have jeopardized my dreams. But instead, I took it all as opportunities to grow, see it as blessings and tests to make me a stronger entrepreneur.
Growing up in two, very distinct families could have stopped me from becoming who I am now - but it didn't, it pushed me to be extraordinary. Flaunting nationwide that bisexuality should be accepted and offended the conservatives, could have weakened me - but it just gave me hope and stronger desire to share a vision. Experiencing physical and emotional abuse from someone close to me, could have shattered me and made me feel like a victim - but this just gave me wisdom and new perspective of life. Having nothing and starting from zero, could have made me throw my dreams away and become a nobody - but it only gave me much more leverage to go for it. Hearing some so-called friends try to ruin my name could have broken me - but I only saw truth and deepened my empathy towards them. Reading false stories about me could have made me fold - but it just gave me the will to be a better person. Failed deals and businesses could have left an ugly mark on me - but it only gave me the real meaning of life and what's really important to me.
These situations built my true identity.
It honed my skills, my values and perception of life. It made me a better daughter, granddaughter, sister and lover. It made value life in a different way. It made me understand people, their wants and needs. It made me see the world through the eyes of many different people.
It made me unstoppable.
It gave me life, power and wisdom.