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Here’s to beginning the new year 2018 with a message of love, hope and courage for every working woman in India!
It’s the twenty first century and you are a working woman. You have your life all figured out. You have a smooth sailing career. You are having the time of your life.
Reality is seldom that sweet. So here’s to the brave, strong women fighting it out everyday against self doubt and those countless voices filling you with negativity. Know that you are not alone. Know that many people are facing the same problem or even bigger problems. So here are some things that I have learnt as a working woman and am still learning on a day to day basis.
1.It’s okay to not have your whole life or career figured out crystal clear in front of your eyes, no matter what your age is. Just ensure that you are taking baby steps in the right direction everyday.
2.Don’t ever refuse a big opportunity because someone tells you that it’s not a “woman’s job” or “not something that a woman can do”. You are not weak. You are powerful. So go get it.
3.No matter what life throws at you, know that you are capable enough to handle it. In fact you are more than capable. Don’t listen to anyone who makes you believe anything else.
4.As a woman you may face a lot of things in the workplace that you may not like. Know that it is okay to stand up for yourself, defend yourself and your dignity. It is okay to speak up, raise your voice and ask for your dues. The right people will always respect you for it.
5.As women,we are blessed with the gift of intuition. Never go against that. If something doesn’t feel right, then it is probably not right. So don’t force it.
6.Many of you are juggling careers with marriage and children each day. Always give your hundred percent to whatever it is you are focussing on at the moment. But know your own limitations, know that you are only human and can only do so much. At the end of a long, hard day, pat yourself on the back, be your own cheerleader.
7.As women, we are always engaged in a tug of war between our head and hearts. In such situations, make sure you are analysing your options logically and rationally with a cool head.Don’t let emotions lead you into making impulsive moves that you end up regretting later.
8.Know that every position, every company, every job, every profession requires you to mould yourself into a version suited for them. Change is not a bad thing – do mould yourself to fit into the right shoes but always remain true to your inner self.
9.There are no limits to what you can do. So don’t restrict your own talents, fields, genres, skills by your own self-defeating thoughts. Don’t listen to that voice in your head that says that you are too strong, too weak, too fat, too dark, too thin, too pretty, too ugly, too soft, too old, too young to do something. Aspire to be the best version of yourself.
10.It is never too late to start what you have always wanted to do. This is specially for my mom, my aunt, my grandma, my next door neighbour, my teacher: you are never really too old for anything. So write that book. Start that food blog. Open that pastry shop. Put your gardening skills on display. Showcase your designing skills. Get that college degree. Just because you could not do it then does not mean you cannot do it now.
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