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Self Investment Is The Key

Quite often I get interviewed or asked by people or friends about the secret of being a successful entrepreneur, a social activist, an athlete, a young woman and many more…and my answer has always been the same for all. The definition of success is really simple for me to start with, it is simply attaining peace and total fulfillment in all aspects of my life. This may sound unrealistic especially in today’s sad and hectic world because sometimes not all things go according to plan and life is full of ups and downs with a lot of twists and turns.

However, I believe if a woman determines to work on educating herself in all forms possible at all times despite difficult circumstances, let her heart guide her through life by the wisdom of her love, and acknowledge the essential strength of her soul and feeds it, she would see and understand that life can be quite simple to grasp and live fully. She would even start inspiring others not only by opinions but also by being an example.

For me real success was discovered only after hard work, only after knowing who I am and who I’m not, what I am willing to do and what not to. Real success was achieved when circumstances didn’t dictate my identity or peace of mind, when I accepted through faith, God’s strategic plan for my life and realized that everything happens for a reason and prepares you for something greater. Observing other people who have achieved real success, I realized that where I am today is not where I will be staying (the good and the bad) and I am on my way to someplace different, someplace great if I’m willing to go and make the effort, and my today is leading me to my tomorrow.

Therefore the greatest challenge for woman to attain real success is to have peace with themselves, their body, environment and surrounding despite circumstances. It is a must, and to do so education in all aspects is the only key. Women by seeking education and investing in themselves continuously, are automatically taking better care of their minds by generating better and more positive thoughts thus feelings. By education they are learning to take better care of their bodies to stay healthy and feel good aswell, and finally by spiritual education they are learning to protect their dynamo or the soul to replenish and renew them when necessary.

This story was written for World Pulse’s Girls Transform the World Digital Action Campaign.

World Pulse believes that women's stories, recommendations, and collective rising leadership can—and will—bring girls greater access to education which will transform their lives, their families, and communities. The Girls Transform Campaign elicits insightful content from young women on the ground, strengthens their confidence as women, and ensures that influencers and powerful institutions hear their stories.
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Khaiwana's picture

Shorty and to the point

The second to last paragraph motivated me a lot.

"For me real success was discovered only after hard work, only after knowing who I am and who I’m not, what I am willing to do and what not to. Real success was achieved when circumstances didn’t dictate my identity or peace of mind, when I accepted through faith, God’s strategic plan for my life and realized that everything happens for a reason and prepares you for something greater. Observing other people who have achieved real success, I realized that where I am today is not where I will be staying (the good and the bad) and I am on my way to someplace different, someplace great if I’m willing to go and make the effort, and my today is leading me to my tomorrow."

Just lovely.
I recommend this!

Veronique_S's picture

....Endorsing your quote!

Hi Christine,

Indeed success requires resilience to which your essay provided the meter to which one can attain success. I particularly gravitated to these lines, and I quote "Real success was achieved when circumstances didn’t dictate my identity or peace of mind, when I accepted through faith, God’s strategic plan for my life and realized that everything happens for a reason and prepares you for something greater." This was beautifully captured captured, I believe knowing God's will for our lives keep the oils of life burning.

Thanks for sounding your voice

Veronique_Candace

kirantara's picture

Dear Christine this is an

Dear Christine

this is an interesting piece. I would like to hear more about your personal experience and that of women in Lebanon. What are the issues?

Kiran

SamanthaKeller's picture

seems so simple!

Wow! I love that you brought not just traditional education into the conversation but also personal and physical education. I could not agree more that for someone to truly achieve success they must be happy with not only where they are but how they got there. I have often struggled with my own issues surrounding accepting who I am and who I am not, and hearing you say it so clearly that in order to achieve happiness and success I must accept both parts, it seems so simple! I hope that women younger than I can learn that lesson early on in their journeys.

smothyz's picture

so true!

i believe women tend to worry alot and this is one of the main reasons we get stuck on all thats going on in our lives, that moving on and ahead becomes then a hurdle. i do agree with you 100% that if we know who we are and not what the world says we are and if we are at peace with the fact that we cannot make everything perfect too, then we would be able to embrace ourselves as imperfect and still want to achieve higher goals in our lives.

i love the simplicity of your piece and that you shared your heart.

blessings,
Claudia.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only LOVE can do that. -Martin Luther King Jnr.

LeenieT's picture

Investing in Oneself

Hi Christine,

I really appreciate the importance you place on women investing in themselves. So often we look to the outside world/others to "invest" in us: to acknowledge our strengths, to offer resources, to unveil opportunities. I completely agree that a resilient and grounded spirit must exist within the individual if she is to find peace within herself and success in her pursuits. Along the same lines, you provide a wonderful reminder that we have the power to define ourselves, that past or present experiences don't wholly define us, and that we are constantly changing, and it is within our power to change for the better if we believe in ourselves ("where I am today is not where I will be staying").

Beautifully written, thank you!

All the best,

Lena

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