‘What I’ve learnt from other women’

Naomi Marshall

19 Mar 2018 | Naomi Marshall

Originally written for Business Chicks, Latte Magazine, March 2018

WHO IS THE WISEST WOMAN YOU KNOW AND WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT FROM HER?

My friend Doriette McIvor-Stone always says, ‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get.’ She taught me to be independent, confident and understand that you are stronger than you think; and to stay fit, eat well and laugh a lot. She also taught me that if a man wants to be with you he will cross countries and climb mountains. If he doesn’t he won’t even cross the road. Ain’t that the truth!

WHAT ELSE HAVE YOU LEARNT FROM OTHER WOMEN?

An old boss taught me to never change your personality for anyone. People will work with you because you are you. Your personality, energy and passion will be what others keep coming back for. Seek to understand. Ask lots of questions and listen carefully in return.

Don’t let anyone put out your flame. No matter what is thrown at you, it’s important to act with sincerity and, you know what – a little bit of elegance doesn’t hurt either (I may have learnt that trait from etiquette queen June Dally-Watkins herself!).

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNT ABOUT WOMEN SUPPORTING OTHER WOMEN?

Be kind. Everyone is dealing with something. Never judge or assume that it’s personal to you. Give a little, open up and take the time to find out about others. Help another woman know that she’s never alone. While the path for her journey may be different, our goals and dreams are often the same.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU’VE LEARNT FROM ANOTHER WOMAN?

Positivity breeds success, and be independent! You are your own woman and need to walk your own path. Stand proud and believe in yourself because the only person who can truly make you better is you.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU’VE LEARNT FROM OTHER WOMEN THAT YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?

The mother of a school friend (Lyn Ganderton, you know who you are) taught me the secret to a perfect reverse park. It’s all about the angles.

WHAT’S A QUOTE YOU LIVE BY?

‘If at first you don’t succeed, fix your ponytail and try again!’

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