HOTELIER Magazine 2nd issue - English | Page 30

“FEEL THE FEAR AND STILL DO IT ANYWAY” A Bachelor of Political Science and a Master of Public Administration Public Speaker Member of numerous business councils and clubs: Dubai Quality Group, The World Trade Club, Australian, Netherlands and the Swiss Business Councils of Dubai, CEO Clubs Network, Awarded the Businesswoman of the Month 2016 by “Hayuhi” business magazine, Awarded as “Publicity Builder” 2018 at Alleem Business 10th Annual Leadership & Management Congress Week, Dubai, UAE, Awarded as Media Partner at UAE Innovation Award 2019, Dubai, UAE, Awarded as Media Partner at Emirates Women Award 2019 Dubai, UAE. P eople call me a “solo army” entrepreneur. However, this is not enough to run the entire magazine on my own. I was very close to my due date when I launched the magazine. For the second issue, I had already given birth and was working from the hospital, when I was told by frustrated doctors to close my laptop. I never stopped even after the birth of Viktoria; moreover, Business Dubai Magazine has been honored to receive two fascinating awards. First as media partner: the UAE Innovation Award 2018 under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Group, the UAE Innovation Chapter under Dubai Quality Group, and second a month later Emirates Women Award 2019 under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Emirates Group, and the patronage of Dubai Quality Group. In its short history, Business Dubai Magazine has been liked and accepted by thousands of business professionals. To reach this point, I had to endure a long and difficult journey. I told myself, don’t stop when it’s difficult, stop when it’s impossible. I founded and brought to life “Business Dubai” magazine alone-without an editorial team. he idea of the magazine originated from networking in a business platform. I used T to be a member of more than fourteen business councils in Dubai, annually I participated in more than 200 meetings and issued around 5000 business cards. So, I decided to create a business magazine, providing an opportunity to business professionals to talk about their businesses and share their experiences: a chance for people from the mover and shaker down to the humble employee who is devoted to their job and career. The journey I went through, was more than a business adventure. It was a life journey. I was confronted by a lot of critics who questioned me, doubted my idea and tried to bring me down. I can’t pretend that I wasn’t affected by those comments, they really did knock the wind out of my sails at the time. hey told me I cannot compete against other business magazines, who have already been in the market for years and years- but I don’t even think about the competition, my concept and the philosophy of the magazine is different. They told me I cannot survive without the digital version of the magazine- but how many of us read online magazines? How many read the news online – probably only the head titles. T I WANT TO SAY “The stars will never align, and the traffic lights of life will never all be green at the same time. The universe doesn’t conspire against you, but it doesn’t go out of its way to line up the pins either. Conditions are never perfect. Set high standards for yourself and don’t settle for anything less. YOU are the best judge of yourself and your capabilities. Step up!! Dream bigger. Just think about the thing that you would like to accomplish the most, and then double it. AND BEFORE I WOULD SAY You might not get there, maybe you might only get half of the way there. Maybe you might get only a quarter of the way there. Nevertheless, you have to believe in yourself because if not you, who else is going to believe in you? BUT TODAY Who else? All the contributors of the first issue, they are the ones who believed me, they are the one who said “yes” to the presentation of the magazine I used to make by my iPad, they are the ones who signed a contract with me. P.S. Special thank you to my Mother and my husband. He is the one who told me – “Don’t give up if were easy everybody else would do it”.