I am turning 23 in 7 days. I am sure that what most of the older would people say is, “You’re young – you have time“. And this is where I would say, “No, I don’t. I want to achieve while I’m young. I want to be great, and extraordinary while I still possess my youth.” Yes, I am blessed and thankful to be able to get to where I am today. No, I am not being greedy for wanting to do more – to give more to the world, to make my mark and never stopping. There are so many young women achievers in their 20s. So young and intelligent. Admirable.
Today, my grounds have been shaken. I am humbled to actually know someone of only 27 years of age who is a CEO of a company, only halfway through her PhD, has gained 2 Masters degrees, won a laureate prize as one of Cartier’s Women Initiative Awards and worked for NASA.She was even named as Top 100 Powerful Women of 2014. I am in awe. This lady knows what she wants and makes no hesitation to go out and get it. This lady, Miss Eleni Antoniadou (Twitter: @eleni_nasa), has time and she has definitely used it wisely. Surely, this is more than enough motivation to start 2015 more productively?
Fictional characters gives us an insight of their lives (with friends, outside of work, etc) which you can only imagine of actual superheroins…
“Do they sleep?”
“Do they go to the bar on weekends to have a beer?”
“Do they have a life?”
Women TV characters like Cristina Yang from Grey’s Anatomy (my personal favourite). She calls herself a Shark. She’d do anything to be the best. She’s too busy being the best. Nothing could shift her focus.
“Oh, screw beautiful, I’m brilliant. You wanna appease me, compliment my brain!” – Cristina Yang
In fact, she’s so driven, she’d leave everything behind (even the love of her life) to make her mark in cardiothoracic surgery. A woman who wants to be recognised for her hard work, instead of her looks.
“Destiny is for losers. It’s just a stupid excuse to wait for things to happen instead of making them happen.” – Blair Waldorf
Yes, it’s a quote from the legendary Blair Waldorf of Gossip Girl. Blair portrays a strong character who’s always hatching ideas to get what she wants. (Sure, most of it was high school backstabbing, silly stuff but..) With reference to the title, she had really good management and leadership skills and has been subconsciously practising them throughout high school.
Last but not least, Hermione Granger/Emma Watson. Knowing her place, and the importance of being true to herself. Realizing the power of knowledge and the influence she can apply for the greater good. Putting her voice out there for gender equality.
Time is so valuable. The impressive work of brilliant minds don’t come from spending their time faffing around. Get up, get to work, learn something new, do what you’ve always wanted to do, make a difference. Don’t leave it for another day. The clock never stops ticking. Go and be a winner.
“Have some fire. Be unstoppable. Be a force of nature. Be better than anyone here, and don’t give a damn what anyone thinks. There are no teams here, no buddies. You’re on your own. Be on your own.”