"To be someone who can inspire and encourage others," Georgianna adds. "When I think of 'powerful people,' I think of those who are so thoughtful about their actions that whenever they do something, it doesn't just create something positive but it gives other people power to create something just as meaningful." What would your superpower be?
"I think my superpower would be the ability to be a bit fearless when it comes to doing things on my own and, hopefully, it inspires others to be a bit more fearless when flying solo. Filipinos are very social beings, which is great. But sometimes, there is this underlying fear of being alone, whether it is eating in a restaurant, going to an event, or travelling. Filipinos don't like being alone. I, myself, do still get nervous going to events alone but I realised that if there are things I want to do or get things done, I can't always wait for someone to accompany me.
That is why when I first started running my businesses, I would go to networking events and seminars alone. I would join workshops and training sessions by myself. I have also travelled a few times on my own (for both business and pleasure). As I've gotten used to it, people started asking me how. How do you start a conversation with complete strangers in networking events? How did you feel going to a foreign country by yourself, especially when the world tells you that the world isn't safe for female solo travellers? How was it like attending a class by yourself? Without knowing, I guess people who see me do these things by myself become a bit encouraged to finally try things they have always wanted without waiting for a buddy that is willing to join them on the adventure too." What’s the best advice a peer has given you?
"A friend once told me to 'earn my Masters Degree through life.' This conversation came about when we were discussing how we want to take Masters or where to find mentors or guidance from people since there are a lot of moments we have no idea what we are doing when trying to build our businesses. Unlike school where we are surrounded by people with experience that we can run to, in the real world, we are pretty much figuring out things on our own. Then my friend told me his boss said if you can't afford to pay for a Masters Degree or further studies, find other ways to earn it. Read books, attend events, meet people. Education continues outside the classroom. In fact, the best education doesn't come from inside the classroom at all."
"When you are free to choose or have more than one choice you can decide on, that is power to me," Cheryl adds. "The most powerless feeling is when you have no choice at all or have no freedom to choose what you want to do." What would your superpower be?
"If I can have one supernatural power, I would love the ability to travel back in time - going back to the various dynasties of ancient China to experience life then and meet my favourite poets as I love Chinese history and poems. In real life, I think being a working mother requires superpower, as we have so many roles to play nowadays - I am a mother, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a manager at work, a girlfriend to my group of girlfriends, a daughter-in-law, an aunt, a grandaunt - and I hope I am doing fine in each of the roles." What's the best advice a peer has given you?
"Someone once sent me a quote: 'The moment you’re about to quit is the moment right before the miracle happens. Don’t give up.' This is especially important to me now that I am running my own business."
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