"I think I’ve always been inspired to live a life that you are proud of. I want to know that I gave life my all and that always motivates me. I’ve always believed that your time and energy are the most valuable resources in the world, so you must use them well!
I also think that a big part of where I’ve got to today is my love of learning. Whether that’s who the next star of a new Netflix show is, to why EBITDA is one of the most important metrics in management accounts - I love learning, and I learn every single day from so many people including all the amazing people in Team MERABI.
And my biggest motivation is people. I was always fascinated with business and commerce because, for me, good business means doing good in communities. Community starts at home, and to know that as a business leader I can positively impact someone who I work with, is motivating. To know how they feel in the workplace filters through to when they go home is really inspiring for me. On the hard days, it definitely makes it all worth it!"
3 words that I live by: hardwork, hustle and humility.
Hardwork: I truly believe that everything meaningful and worthwhile takes work, whether that’s stepping out of your comfort zone, working and investing in yourself on a daily basis, putting in the graft. I come from a family of hardworkers, so for me, my work was always going to be such an important part of my life and I enjoy hard work. I had my first job filling envelopes at 14, and have worked my whole life.
Hustle: I also don’t believe in the word no. I think you’ve got to be determined and driven in life to live the life you want to live and be the person you want to be. That has always inspired and motivated me. I have also realised that there is always a way. You just have to have grit and determination.
Humility: We’ve all got an ego, but you’ve got to be aware of yours and learn and unlearn every day to keep control of it. You’ve got to be able to laugh at yourself. We all make mistakes, but for me, the whole reason of life is to learn, evolve and get better. Always surround yourself with people who are smarter than you and always be courageous to ask for help.