What advice would you give your 16 year-old self?
One our my favourite quotes is about how we often simply stand still or hold back because we’re not sure where we are going. “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will do”. Just keep moving… try something… anything, don’t be afraid to take that first step.
What do you remember about growing up that was fun? What were some of the challenges too?
It was horrible, I’m an immigrant and attended a couple years of elementary school in Malaysia. When I was in school in Canada, I didn’t fit in. Other students made fun of my clothes since my “style” was different. My English also wasn’t the greatest, so it was hard for me to really have a conversation with other students, thus I just started getting involved in a lot of different activities to keep myself busy and occupied to avoid having to deal with people. That was my way of coping at the time. If I was “busy”, then no one would call me a “loner” or make fun of me for sitting by myself.
Which of your traits are you most proud of?
Persistence, drive and optimism. There’s been several times where I’ve auditioned for shows or tried out for sport’s team and I wasn’t the best. In the end, I did make it on to the teams because of my attitude overall. I was told this by multiple coaches and teachers that I worked hard and was persistent, due to this often times I learned quick and caught up to the others. When it comes to optimism, no one wants to be surrounded by people who simply complain or give up easily, don’t be that person.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid to fail?
I always think to myself… “What’s the worst thing that’s going to happen? Even if I was to fail (which I have multiple times), it’s only a moment of discomfort… you’ll get over it. If you keep dwelling on the negative which will often times hold you back. A great quote that I live by which can relate to things like breakups to failure is: “Sometimes we stare so long at the door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open” – Alexander Graham Bell
Courage and resilience are so important to living an authentic life. Where do you find yours?
This quote summarizes it best for me.
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” – Dr. Suess
What does success mean to you?
Chasing my own dreams and not trying to live up to others. I come from a very traditional Chinese family and often times feel a burden of trying to follow the life and career paths my family expect. I realized a few year ago, that if I kept trying to make them happy… I would never be happy because I wasn’t paving my own path.
What characteristics do you admire in other women?
Honesty and candor. I really appreciate it when people are simply upfront with me. Just because I’m a girl, I don’t want them to sugar coat hard conversations or avoid telling me the truth. Sometimes it’s hard to hear, but you always learn from it.