The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs
in the Middle East.
How would you like the opportunity to connect with and listen to key experts in your profession? Ask them questions and really indulge in their knowledge bank. Sounds great right? Well my next guest, May Khizam makes this happen. She brings together knowledge seeker and knowledge disseminators and gives them that opportunity to exchange actionable information. She is the Founder of The Grid Initiative which offers this opportunity via speaker engagements, workshops, seminars and panel discussions. The other cool side of her business is video marketing and she is at the forefront of helping companies leverage this technology. The Grid Initiative works with forward-thinking firms and organizations wishing to integrate narrative-based video communication into their online marketing strategy to share industry expertise and further establish themselves as an authority in the market.
Her own entrepreneurial journey started at a young age when her parents were small business owners so she's has always been immersed in the mindset and style. As an adult she found comfort in the structure of the corporate world so it took a lot of time and energy for her to unlearn the teachings of that world, getting over her own fears and make her way through her learning curve to where she is today.
This is her story.
Failure and mistakes are not a bad thing!! That is the resounding message I'm getting from the ladies I have interviewed. They wouldn't be doing what they were doing if they listened to the negative self talk or were self conscious about what they said or did. When they fail or make a mistake, they just stand up, dust themselves off and travel on to the next 'to do' item from their business plan.
I think that is very powerful feedback and one that I'm slowly coming to terms with myself. At school you are taught to not make mistakes but when you fail your exams or tests, we are taught mistakes and failing are reflections of you not paying attention or studying hard enough. Think of the times you got a big fat red 'F' - on your paper. Its totally demoralising - What do we do with that feedback? We start the negative self talk....'we are not good enough, we are useless, I'll never go to University, my parents will be so disappointed' and there begins the cycle of negativity. From a young age we start this negative self chatter and so we hide away from new things, new ideas because we clearly failed at something similar! I remember my dad saying he was awful at maths. But was he awful or did he have a bad teacher or the class was too big or he was too shy to speak up?? Who knows. But those circumstances meant him blaming himself for not being good at maths. OK. So we do need to be accountable but 50 years ago there wasn't learning support. You were just expected to get on with it but it still leaves you stained with negative messages ringing in our ears. I heard Robert Kiyosaki say recently, 'rubbishing failure and mistakes in school is so anti learning'. And I couldn't agree more.
I've been plagued by my own failure and mistake demons. You know the things you have said or done in the office and you think the whole office is still talking about it months later..... when they are not!!! Or my own negative self talk that I'm not good enough or feeling nervous or inadequate because of my fears of failure or mistakes. Its seriously painful and so overwhelming. It can suck you in and hold you tight for minutes, hours or even days. I'm sure you can all feel your own negative feelings when you think about your mistakes and failings.
But come on... lets changed that tune!! Science and cognitive psychology has shown us that what we say to ourselves impacts our emotions. To 'get' this yourself, the best time to understand this is the morning, when you wake up. If you start thinking negatively in the morning your tummy might start to get butterflies or you feel your stress levels rising and your just irritated ....and you have just woken up. I've been that person and I hate getting butterflies in the morning!! I hate that wobblying feeling in my tummy that just hangs there. In my head I'm stressing about the day ahead, meetings, projects, deadlines...and I've only been awake 30 minutes!!!! So instead now I get up in the morning and I exercise - and watch a ted talk - that works for me. It totally raises my energy levels, changes my mindset to a 'can do' attitude and gets rid of those butterflies. I've become more aware of my thoughts and work heavily on being resilient constantly. So how did I get there? Well this is where I tell you what I learnt from the many interviews I've done with Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East and how I think you can accomplish whatever you want if you put your mind in the right frame and use your failures to your advantage.
The Learning Curve Podcast - THE Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East.
We all want to be successful right? We all want to feel secure in our sense of purpose, direction and our goals. But lets be honest how many of us actually go off track often? I know I have ... many times! There's nothing wrong with it as we are all human at the end of the day but its so awesome when you can sit down with a leadership coach and them help you reconnect with where you are now and where you want to go 'with purpose'. Tricia is that awesome person. She dives into your work and experience detail, she cuts out the clutter and helps you find your values, your brand and helps you take the next step. She was the first Business Coach in Dubai in 1993, and has now coached over 6000 Managers in the Middle East. She's been been one of the top Coaches in the region throughout Dubai’s phenomenal rise over the last 20 years, and she has thoroughly enjoyed the journey. In this podcast we talk about that journey where it all started in Ashridge business school, to when she decide she was going to make business coaching work. As a single mum and a young daughter she had to have clear goals, priorities and compartmentalise her life and live the mantra she encourages her clients to follow. Her ultimate vision now is to be location independent.
This is her story, her journey and her mission.
I LOVE it when I have conversations with young, vibrant and ambitious young women who do not have limiting beliefs or are glazed over by 'what has happened before'. Rahmeh is that 'driven' woman who is powering through the social norms and making change. She adapting technology to meet social changes, she's riding her own learning curve and taking the best of what she is learning and taking action. She is Rahmeh, a young pharmaceutical student who happened upon an problem she faced and realised she could make a difference to many more women too in Jordan. Rahmah Abu Shweimeh is the Founder, Team CEO and Social Communication and Networking Strategist for SheCab, a Jordan based taxi service run by and for women. As both for profit company and female empowerment initiative. SheCab offers a safe and trusted transportation service for Jordanian women and female tourists, creates new job opportunities and encourages advocacy among Jordanian women.
In this interview we speak with Rahmeh who is at the very beginning of her idea and she shares with us the inspiration, the direction and her plan to get it going. Her key area of importance include the safety of the women passengers and the women drivers. Her vision is to enhance the transportation service in Jordan and as a women rights activists she keen to firmly put women's strengths and their opportunities firmly on the front seat so more women can benefit.
this is her story, her journey and her mission.