We’d love to share a guest post today from Sheryl Thai, CEO of the League fo Extraordinary Women, entrepreneur and mentor to many.
In this post, Sheryl has reflected on her time in high school, and what she wishes she knew then that she knows now.
“Think back to when you were in high school. Do remember the feeling of pure-dread when the teacher would give you back your marked test papers?
I remember feeling so embarrassed.
Before anyone could see what mark I'd get, I had already stuffed them in my folder.
And no, it wasn't because I flunked - it was actually the opposite.
I would always get 100%, A+. And instead of getting congrats from my friends, I was called a “square” and made to feel that there was something wrong with me.
It hurt my feelings. It really hurt.
So one day I intentionally made a mistake on my test.
I got 85% and I willingly left it on my desk for the other girls to see.
It was the first time I felt relieved that I was no longer a target. At the same time I felt completely uneasy because I knew I broke my own integrity.
Yesterday I was honoured to be invited to speak at a Young Leader’s Forum at Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar with several other girls schools in attendance.
I could see so much of me, in them. Except I never got that chance to lead. I had retreated because I was fearful of what others thought of me. I wanted to fit in so badly that I wasted my potential.
So I used this opportunity to share with them a message I would have loved to hear as a 14-year-old.
1. Do you. As you grow older and have more responsibilities, society, friends, people will tell you who you should be. What you should do. How you should act. Don't forget that you have the power to make your own choices in life.
2. Never shy away from doing your absolute best. Strive to be the best you can be because good things and opportunities will come from it.
3. Surround yourself with good people. My all-time favourite quote is "You are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with". Ask yourself are you being encouraged or supported? If you’re constantly being put down or made to feel bad, then change who you spend time with.
Funny how that this advice is still so relevant for me today.
Sheryl Thai, CEO
League of Extraordinary Women
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