Since 2011 when I moved to the United States twenty-one years old I lived and worked in 6 cities, co-founded 3 startups and raised one seed investment. I ended up homeless and broke twice. Once in California on New Year’s Eve and another time in Dubai on April Fools Day.
My colleague told me to give up entrepreneurship because I am not a programmer. I was told I should just get married, have kids and act like a normal woman whatever that meant for those giving me that advice. I was told I was too emotional, too much or too little, too direct or not direct enough. I was too creative or not creative enough. Whatever I did and whoever I was somebody was unhappy about it. Sounds familiar? So I’ve decided to be who I am because it was the easiest thing for me. People were not gonna agree anyways. People are gonna watch, listen and judge. Make it worth their while by being yourself.
There have been much more shitty things happening in the previous year and there are much more to come. I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world.
I always knew my dream job will end up being the one I’ll create.
What entrepreneurship taught me?
- To become self-reliant and learn to tap myself on the back when I do well. To always have a plan B, C, and D.
- To actively listen and hear what’s being unsaid.
- To cherish good memories.
- To give deeds of love to people while I still have the opportunity.
- To trust that everything happens for a reason.
- It also taught me that we are all the same, that a hug can save someone’s life and a random act of kindness can bring a smile to the coldest person in the world.
Never forget this…
To realize your greatest potential you’ll have to first go through your greatest fears.
What is one thing you are so embarrassed about you wouldn’t like anyone to know? Tell 3 people you trust.