Johannesburg, 3 August 2023. Being a leader and a successful businesswoman doesn’t just happen overnight. It takes dedication, time, perseverance and passion to deliver excellence. As we enter Women’s Month, celebrating the indomitable spirit and boundless potential of female entrepreneurs who have left an indelible mark on the business world is so important. Four inspiring trailblazers, who have shattered glass ceilings, defied norms, and carved their unique paths to success in their respective careers, share the best advice for female professionals around the country.
Accept the fact that the journey will have its ups and downs.
According to Veronica Moleele, CEO of Penquin Marketing Agency, accepting the fact that success is not linear is vital. “I had a period earlier this year that I was just mentally checked out. Fighting with the voice in your head is just swimming upstream, it’s not productive and isn’t doing you any favours, so shut the nasty B!%@# up and be kind and I mean really kind and patient with yourself… this too shall pass.”
Don’t overextend yourself
In the intricate dance of business, recognising and respecting our limits is essential. Overextension can cause major strain our resources, creativity, and well-being and, according to Kriya Gangiah, owner of Kri8tive Media, finding balance will serve as a major tool for growth.
Learn from and uplift the women around you
This women’s month, Deirdre King, Managing Director at Jacaranda FM, emphasises the importance of women supporting and learning from one another. Deirdre encourages businesswomen to uplift and inspire their peers while confidently claiming their rightful space in the workplace. Dismissing distractions like the so-called ‘boys club’ and the illusory ‘glass ceiling’, she advocates for letting one’s accomplishments do the talking.
Invest in your passion
Kim Jayde, a dynamic force in the world of entrepreneurship, exemplifies the embodiment of ambition, creativity, and resilience. Beyond her captivating presence as a television personality and model, Kim has ventured into the realm of business with an unwavering determination to make her mark. So, when asked what the best piece of advice she can share with other female professionals, she says that putting your everything into your passion will boost its success rate.
“Find what you are most passionate about and invest in that passion”
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