How I grew confidence in becoming a CEO

Growing up, I watched how my mum and dad used to work hard just to make a living – and to take care of me. My mum was a retired banker and my dad was an entrepreneur. He owned his own business.

My mum moved from being a banker to a full-time entrepreneur while my dad always owned his own company. They both owned and thrived in their different businesses.

They were totally different individuals with divergent approaches to life. But they shared a common goal – SUCCESS. I watched how passionate, driven, and dedicated they both were to their various businesses. I told myself that I was going to learn from them and make them proud.

As a teenager, I started to work closely with my mum, helping her with her business whenever I am back from school. During the time I worked with my mum, I discovered that I have learned so much about her business. I was so confident that I could handle the business in her absence.

Some years later, my dad became very ill. My mum was always at the hospital taking care of him. Unfortunately, it got to the point where we were running out of funds. Neither my mum nor my dad had their businesses running as it used to be.

I was only 10 years old at that time but I believe in myself. I also believe in the values I have learned from my parents. I went ahead and ran my mum’s business like I was an adult. No one believed I would make so many sales that my mum was in tears. She could not phantom that her young daughter was running the business for her.

That experience I had as a 10-year-old has helped me go through life. I realize that nothing is impossible if you set your mind to achieve it. You are never too small to dream big and to make big moves.

The courage I got to build my business to where it is now is what I had as a kid. I always reflect on how the circumstances around me then did not stop me from moving. Determination does not start in a day; it is natured until it becomes a part of you.

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