It’s International Women’s Day today and I want to inspire you to keep going, do amazing things and don’t let anyone stop you or put you down.
The reason I am saying this is because the other day I launched a website for a client, a website I am very proud of. I was talking to someone about it and he said that my partner was the secret to my successful business.
In one swoop, this comment took away my pride at my work – MY WORK!!! My successful business, that I have built up over 16 years, turning over 6 figures before I even met my partner.
To set this in context:
– At 6 years old I was diagnosed with a chronic, incurable illness.
– At 7 years old I had a major operation and almost died from a heart attack.
– At 16 I almost died from malnutrition, had another major operation, and was told I would never live a normal life.
– At 18 I gained a National Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
– At 19 I gained a National Certificate in Computer Studies and Applicable Maths
– At 22 I gained a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science
– At 23 I gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science
– At 24 I gained a Master’s Degree in Computer Science
My first job was as a software engineer, working on auto-teller operating systems.
I then became an IT consultant in London, working on huge multi-million pound projects.
In 2000, I was awarded the Hewlett Packard consulting award for excellence.
In 2005 I set up my own consulting business and have led multi-million pound projects in Financial Services companies in Europe and the UK.
I now work internationally with smaller businesses and enjoy working remotely and location independent.
I take my corporate experience to my clients and help them with their projects, whether that is managing their social media, email campaigns, building their websites or writing copy for their new website.
I have built my life and my business on my merits, based on my experience, knowledge and qualifications.
And I am annoyed that someone would try to give credit for this to someone who has only been in my life for a short time. Incidentally, my partner is also annoyed by this.
Those who told me at 16 years old that I would not have a normal life were right – I didn’t live a normal life. I have lived a fabulous, abnormal, weird and wonderful life. I wouldn’t thank you for a normal life.
So, my message to you women out there reading this is, don’t let anyone put you down.
Go out there and be fabulous.
Be your fabulous selves and SHINE!!!!