Words of advice we’d give our younger selves
We asked the women in leading roles throughout our agency to tell us what advice they would have given their younger selves when entering this often crazy industry.
Head of Digital Strategy
Change is disruptive, expect disruption.
Although change is necessary for growth, as women we’re socialised to put the comfort of others ahead of our own needs and desires. So when others are unhappy by the changes you’re making to your own life, it can feel like what you’re doing is wrong.
The truth is that change is messy by definition. So when you’re replacing routines, habits, expectations, assumptions - there’s a good chance that some people are not going to be happy about it because you’re disturbing a status quo that kept them comfortable, even if it wasn’t working for you.
That's okay; that's change.
Head of Copy
Courage is a muscle. The more you work it, the stronger it gets.
I love this advice. It takes courage to do presentations, it takes courage to hold your head up while your work is criticised, it takes courage to admit you have a creative block, it takes courage to change your mind and voice it. The list goes on. Every time you feel the fear and do what’s asked of you anyway, the less daunting it is the next time and the further you can push yourself.
Partner and MD
Coming from an orthodox Indian home, it was imperative that we follow our tradition and the rules governed by our religious discipline… which you set out to do as you are none the wiser. Getting uncomfortable forces you out of always doing things within safe parameters, you are challenged to think and act differently in every aspect of your life, your opinion and voice counts, don’t be afraid to BE and THINK differently.
Head of Brand Leads
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
The life lessons I learnt in this book are both eye opening and inspiring. Not only did it teach me about compassion and selflessness, it also solidified the importance of taking chances. The biggest lesson is that we should always give our best and not wait for “the right time” or a specific moment to do the things we’ve always wanted to do or to express our love to the ones we love. The right time is always now.
Head of Production
Dear Younger Nasiphi
“Do what you love. Do what makes your heart sing. And NEVER do it for the money, go to work to spread joy.” A Return To Love by Marianne Williamson
Honey, this life is not always fair and it will not always be fair to you. Follow your heart at all times and always operate from a place of love and kindness. Remember that you are the best and validation is for parking, not people. Never stop reading books cause the best sexual chemistry comes from those who read.
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