SUCCESS LEAVES CLUES
We asked Mercy for Clues
Something that catalyzed your growth - besides working hard?
Connecting with other women leaders has been helpful in navigating the day-to-day practicalities. I have also developed the right mindset in creating ‘harmony’ between working to build a start-up and caring for my young family.
I have decided to live fully and not to hold back in using my skills and experience in impacting lives.
Something you're most proud of?
When I initially had the idea for Mami, I feared speaking about it because I don’t have a tech background. I also couldn’t imagine putting my name and the word ‘app’ in the same sentence.
But, after having the first conversation, then after the second and third, I let go and realised that it resonated with people. Sometimes, the first step is a meaningful simple chat and I am so glad I took that step.
Dare to dream and take the first step, for the resources you need are waiting for you along the way. At the very least, you will learn something new that cannot be taken away from you.
At different stages, I have felt scared or experienced self-doubt. In tackling this, the first thing I do is acknowledge the feeling. I ask myself, “what am I afraid of?” “why am I afraid of this?” I write down the answers to these questions. Next, I note the things I need to do to address the things that had made me scared. Then, I allot time slots to each step and set out with clarity on what I must do and then face it head on.
Depending on the situation, I use various approaches. These include making positive affirmations, recalling and celebrating past and present achievements. I also share my thoughts with someone I trust such as a friend or one of my mentors depending.
Don’t waste the Nos on your life’s journey. Ask yourself, “what is the lesson here?”
- MERCY OFUYA
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