Today is International Women’s Day, and I’m writing this post because I feel strongly about the empowerment of women, not just those of the third world countries but women in general, everywhere they might be. Especially as a female entrepreneur, I believe that women should be empowered to do bigger things, and empowerment starts with ourselves.
A lot of people might have heard of who I am due to the sticky threads on Hardwarezone forums or maybe certain magazines or websites where you would have seen my photo or my resting bitch face in…. ALL ME =) From sweet and demure to the worst BITCH you’ve seen.
I am still trying to master that perfect demure smile that all photographers love so you would all have to patiently bear with my bitchy face at the moment and wait till I succeed in that smile (or get a top notch korean surgeon to be my best friend) =)
I digress… being the face of Paktor isn’t easy. I am surprised at how many people still truly believe in the objectification of women. Hence the post.
People have always asked me about Paktor; how it started, how it is now, why I started it etc etc. But not one of them has asked me what qualities does an entrepreneur possess? or how’s it like being a female entrepreneur in Singapore? or even what makes an entrepreneur tick? I shall now so humbly write everything down here since I’ve been wanting to share it with everyone about it (and yes i own this space too HAH !! )
- We learn to ADAPT
Running your own business is easy said no one ever. You become the Jill of trades. You morph into this person that can multi task. I kid you not.. my friends have seen the change. I can be on a skype meeting on my phone, be able to discuss over whatsapp with my team about some random marketing idea I just had and at the same time be running on the treadmill at Fitness First with my spotify playlist jamming in the background and asking my friend next to me to run faster. 18 hours in a day is not enough for any entrepreneur. So we adapt, we learn, we change to cope with this shortage of time. Multi tasking is an extremely vital skill that all entrepreneurs need to have.
- We DARE to GO FOR IT!!
Call us fearless, call us daring, call us bold. We are always up for a challenge and we will definitely bring our A game. Our careers are one of the biggest decisions in our life that we chose. Most of us ditched our desk jobs to start something we love doing and are passionate about. We think things through, we have a game plan and we weave our own happiness into it. Sometimes, our fearlessness and boldness are commonly mistaken as aggression. But we’re not aggressive females at all. We just put in more than 200% to get things done.
- We are BAD-ASS!
I adhere to every word that Laurel Thatcher Ulrich said. We entrepreneurs misbehave by just not conforming to the norm. You know the normal 9 – 5 pm desk job and after work it’s heading home, eating dinner, watching the news and then sleeping? Nope. Our lives are never a routine. We wake up each day to new surprises, adventures and experiences! We face different challenges and learn how to overcome them ourselves. Well I guess you can say we’re a BAD ASS Jill of all trades
- We NEVER play the victim.
We always know there will be something or someone who will attempt to jeopardise whatever we have going on, or even worse, try to screw us over. But you know what, we definitely know how to react and control the situation. Screw us over sure… we learn our lesson, get tougher, and we come back fighting stronger and harder than ever before. You will be feeling so sorry for yourself that you messed with us.
- We are our OWN investment.
We take pride in ourselves; from our career to the way we look or dress or even carry ourselves. We are always dressed appropriately and are definitely well prepared for any kind of social event. First impressions always count! We represent our ownselves and our own company. You may think that we’re high maintenance, but in actual fact we aren’t, we just know how to take care of ourselves without splashing heaps. We spend our own keep and are proud of it!
- We KNOW how to have fun!
It’s not just about all work and no play for us. You might see us sometimes at the hottest night joints with our girlfriends dancing the night away with champagne glasses in our hands. We enjoy spending time with our friends. Being goofy and having a good laugh. We love our drinks but we know our limits. We definitely know how to let our hair down and have a smashing awesome time…. and of course, sometimes returning to work the next day with a terrible headache.
- We are PASSIONATE about what we do.
There will never be a day that we don’t feel like going into the office or let alone find it hard to roll out of bed to get ready for work no matter how late we slept the night before. We work 7 days a week without a single complaint cos we just LOVE what we do. And the best part of it all, the satisfaction and fulfillment at the end of a hard day’s work is priceless.
- We WANT to encourage others.
This I hold fervently close to my heart. I know of other females out there who have dreams. They go to bed at night thinking of the what ifs and the maybes, and imagine what would it be like if that dream was a reality. They wake up the next day and head to their desk bound job and dream of it after again and again. Make your dreams a reality. Get out of the vicious cycle and ignite your passion. There’s so much room for more female entrepreneurs in Singapore. We live in a country dominated by males. We females are equally or even more capable than some of them. We should show them what we’re really made of. Ignite your passion, draft a plan out and make your dream a reality. The Sky’s the only limit.
Being a female entrepreneur in Singapore is tough. We fight a constant battle everyday. We carve out our own career paths and inch further towards our goals with many setbacks. Although there are government grants and development schemes that are readily available for start ups, there’s still a lack of recognition for female entrepreneurs or even females in Singapore. I was truly blessed to be on Cosmopolitan, Her World and other media platforms. Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Females was a HUGE milestone for me as I was recognised for my efforts for building Paktor. And to be chosen as one of the top 12 females in 2014? How bloody awesome is that! It definitely propelled my motivation and determination to another level. We need more recognition for other females who are fighting their own battles everyday.
Candid photo of Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Females 2014. Can you spot me?
Credits: Cosmopolitan Singapore
For more female entrepreneurs to emerge, there needs to be more recognition from the public for female entrepreneurs for the encouragement of others to fulfill a dream they have. It can all start with a friend or someone saying “I’m proud of you” or “Keep up the awesome work” A little goes a long way, and together we can shake up our society. Let’s make it happen!
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The Paktor Queen (As my fellow HWZ-ers would know me by. HA!)