A Suitie Christmas Carol – Lessons from 2015

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Christmas is a great time to take a step back and look at all we have achieved over the last 12 months. So Suit & Pie made like Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past, and asked some of our suitie contributors to share what they have learnt in 2015. 

IMG_3649“Don’t give up.

Often when you want to do something – from let’s start a network with some likeminded people to let’s start a business – there is no straight line to success. There is negotiation, there are obstacles, there may even be anger and tears (usually yours), but that’s ok. If you want it enough, you will find a way to get it done.”

Sitara Warren – Chief disruptor, diversity champion, art dealer

Alex new profile pic‘The biggest thing that I’ve learnt this year- which I probably knew deep down but which has been reinforced by recent events – is that you have to pick yourself. So much about success and happiness in the modern world is to realise that the only way to make positive change is to start with believing in yourself. If you wait for someone else to ‘discover you’, your real life, full of rich potential, will never begin.”

Alex Swallow – Social Entrepreneur

sh1740-032The one thing I have learnt this year is that I have learnt so much more than one thing this year. Leaping out of your comfort zone creates a whole new world of experiences. This has been the year that Womanthology has gone from being a labour of love that I worked on in my spare time to becoming my full time job. It hasn’t been easy, but very few things that are worthwhile ever are.

If you have an idea and a dream to create something you believe in, then you should make it happen. What else is life for? I set up Womanthology because I saw an opportunity to create a new narrative for professional women. I set about building a platform to showcase the women we never normally get to see or hear about so other women can realise that they can achieve whatever they set out to do. Amazing women (and men) are all around us. By gathering and sharing positive stories and advice my whole world has opened up exponentially. I’ve met incredible people and made many great new friends.

I really believe that life is precious and short, so you need to make your own opportunities. For me, 2015 has been the year that all my hard work has turned into a tangible and real way to help all women realise their full potential. I can’t wait to take things forward and keep growing Womanthology in 2016.”

Fiona Tatton – Founder and editor of Womanthology

_44G4158“Diversity of thought, is just as important as diversity based on ethnicity, gender, religion, sexuality or nationality. You often get the former, when embracing teams built upon the latter, but you should always try to seek out and encourage diversity of thought. It delivers innovation and creative ways of solving problems and achieving goals.”

Pete Flynn – Operations Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers

Jo Maughan-22“I’ve learned that by being brave enough to take off the masks I’ve been wearing and become more ‘me’, I am more able to connect with, relate to and inspire people. I’ve also learned that the taking off of the masks is a continuing and moment to moment activity – it doesn’t stop.”

Jo Maughan – YourThinkingPartner

oliver-black-1 (1)“JDI – Just do it
We often use it in our work place, especially when the paralysis of analysis is getting in the way of moving forward. But this year, I would say that I am trying to apply this to home life too. It could be that I am still going through my midlife crisis, but we never know what is around the corner. There will undoubtedly be some real real challenges and tough times to come. So this year and ongoing I want to apply the above.  Say “yes”, just do it and make sure that the family and I just enjoy the moment.”

Oliver Black – Founder of My Family Care

I guess we never stop learning! Here’s to a fantastic Christmas and 2016!