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Tips for success from 3 inspiring South African women

Dr Lindiwe Sidali

Written by Staff Writer

August 18, 2020

Like the strong, persistent woman that is reading this, as we celebrate Women’s Month and our incredible diversity.

It is amazing to be able to acknowledge a variety of women who have shared their wisdom and tips for success.

  1. Dr Lindiwe Sidali has broken barriers by recently becoming South Africa’s first African female cardiothoracic surgeon. She is aware of who she is and what she stands for, which makes it easier for others to be aware of her too. She feels that everything in life is possible. Dream but create a plan of action towards achieving those goals. Don’t follow other people’s path. Create a new one.
  2. Michelle Atagana is the Communications and Public Affairs Lead for Google South Africa, sometimes touching Southern Africa. In a year of a sudden relentless need to be connected via technology, she helps to tell the Google story to people and as a company, why they are useful and demonstrate that usefulness. When asked what her spectacular recipe to success is, she says that people usually ask her if she puts a lot of pressure on herself to succeed. She says that although she usually says no, that’s actually a balre-faced lie. She puts an immense amount of pressure on herself to achieve her dreams and succeed at everything she does.  She feels that it’s fair to do that if you want something. If you want something bad enough, go out and get it. Do whatever it takes – legally – to get it.
  3. “Perseverance and self-belief can get you anywhere you want to go. The path is not easy, but then again, nothing worthwhile ever is. The end goal is definitely worth it.” These words of wisdom come from Natalie Arendse CA(SA), managing director of SizweNtsalubaGobodo, Western Cape. Trying to juggle a career and family can be challenging, especially for a career woman who has to play the role of both wife and mother, admits Natalie: “At the end of the day, my family comes first, and the things I need to do in respect of my career is ultimately for them. My family understanding that perspective has proven important. It sometimes becomes a delicate balancing act though.”

Successful women are strong and assured, with an internal locus of control – they value other women’s worth, accomplishments and celebrate them. Authentically being you is a part of being a successful woman. Always stay true to who you are.

Laura Potgieter

Recruitment and Marketing Specialist

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