Every year, for the past decade, I have done this ritual of sending a yearly message reflecting on my learning’s of 2014. This year I am sending this a couple of weeks late as I have just spent the past month in Africa, conquering Kilimanjaro.
This year was nothing less than a rollercoaster, not only did I move between three continents, make new friends, win “Best Female Entrepreneur 2013”, “World of Difference Award 2014”, been featured on magazines such as Under30CEO, Chic CEO, Cleo, Simply Her, Her World and been supportive during my grandmothers operation, but I also transitioned to work on transpiral.org full time.
In case you don’t already know I am the Transition Queen helping Women go from Wandering to Wonder Women! I have been working with women (and some men) and teams during their transition to grow in their career, reinvent themselves towards new careers and transition to run and grow their own businesses.
Here are the three key takeaways from being in business fulltime this past years: Rome Wasn’t Built in a Day! My obsession with Rome started when I cycled around Tuscany a couple of years ago, every road we took, and every corner seem to lead to Rome. I began to obsess, with what did it take to build my perfect empire? How did the Romans do it? How were they able to take near to quarter chunk of the world at a time where things were not so established?
I discovered three things about empire building from the Romans.
1. Letting Go: After three years of making Madrid my home, it was time to say Hasta Luego to one of the most beautiful cities. Closing that chapter made me realize that just like building an empire, every block needs to be laid to build the foundation. Spain was one of those blocks. But letting go, was not only about closing Spain, but also closing relationships and more importantly letting go of the negative self talk that sometimes has no purpose in building your empire.
2. Investing in Me: I knew I wanted to take my business to the next level, and so I decided to invest in me – I started to work with mentors, coaches and became an active member in International Coaching Federation Association and Asia Pacific Speakers Association. I did this because just like the Romans, success does not happen from the first time, they underwent trial and error before they could build such magnificent empires. I started to interview for my Wonder Women Guide book and discovered in the process the secret of success…
3. Dream Big: One of the key lessons I received from my interview series is of special thanks to Doreen Liu, CEO, World Scientific who said ‘you are looking at it too small. Get clear on the big picture, focus and go after it. Again, just like the Roman Empire, they had a big picture, focused and succeeded! I had the choice to be average or awesome! I could decide.This year I decided to embark on my biggest project to date, a web series of the most powerful women in Singapore. I can’t wait to share it with you!
On a final note, I hope that this year, you give yourself the permission to be the person you were meant to be. Just remember that you can become a modern renaissance genius like da Vinci, Michelangelo, but just like how they would never do a rush job on their masterpiece, spend the time with your palettes, chisels and other tools and remember, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.”
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Have a great day!