Insights from Omani women of influence
Here are insights from two Omani women of influence answering the question: What would you tell your younger self?, offering upcoming women ideas to reflect upon in light of their current aspirations and actions.
“Can you remember who you were, before the world told you who you should be?”
― Charles Bukowski, author of Post Office
Words of wisdom from Aliya Al Aufi, Global HR – People and Culture at Oxea Chemicals, graduate of the National CEO program:
Be your best discovery!
‘Take risks worth taking and make mistakes. Allow them to become the foundational lessons through which you nurture yourself.
You have many shots at life and success, if you’re lucky to have the first few great shots expect otherwise and develop the agility to respond, if you start with poor shots, reflect, adjust and try again.
Be brave! Venture beyond those walls of fear and self-doubt we build in our head.
Seek and protect real friendships. Don’t sweat the battles lost; focus on the final objectives you wish for yourself.
Have a plan but please explore some side routes. Some of the best adventures are where you never planned to go.
Live in the moment and look to the future. Let your past guide and not bind you. Dance to your own drumbeat. Love and respect yourself. The rest will come in time, that’s for sure!’
Words of wisdom from Yusra Al- Busaidi, Director of Finance & Corporate Services, Takatuf:
Let it go!
‘Don’t be afraid to try, you may fall once or twice, maybe even several times, but at the end you will succeed. Let go of your past failures as they are lesson learning experiences that prepare you for any future challenges.
Don’t be scared to show and communicate your emotions, what works for you and how you like things to be delivered to you. Let it go and feel free to express yourself and your feelings with others as this would make you feel better about yourself.
Let it go! Don’t get stuck with the past, look up for your future and move on towards your dreams.
Coaching thought from Benita Stafford-Smith, Senior Manager for Coaching, Takatuf:
One of the most powerful leadership tools I know of is reflection.
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Soren Kierkegaard
Republished with permission from Oman Economic Review Magazine