It took Nazli a lot of courage and patience to build her own business and become a successful business woman. “It was super hard with the newborn baby to start a new business. I was going to the meetings with my baby, stroller, diaper, etc. and had to re-schedule multiple meetings so that I could feed my baby and take care of him. I felt that I was becoming stronger. When you have too much on your plate you have to prioritize things. Every night before going to bed I was cooking food, doing the cleaning, and preparing my stuff for the next day. What made me be more successful is I never sat at home and waited for somebody to knock at my door and help me. I was the one always looking for the opportunity and I was longing for growth. I was always attending networking events, inviting people to have a coffee with me, explaining my ideas and visions. Being open hearted and sharing my ideas helped me find the way and build a strong network. I was never afraid of sharing my ideas and vision with people. It helped me receive valuable feedback and helpful information, which allowed me to significantly improve my company.
Nazli said that she prepared for every meeting in advance. She was planning conversations that she would have while attending the same events several times until she became comfortable. “They say, fake it until you make it! It is true. I was telling myself that it would be better next time, and actually it did become better. The more I practiced, the more I became experienced.
One of my most important advice for Femigrants is: before doing anything, take three to four months to prepare, equip, and get to know yourself and your potential, and then put yourself out there, ask for help and be helpful to other people. You will need this self-knowledge and understanding along the way! I am very comfortable now, including starting conversations with strangers or business people, representing my company or just making friendships. I always tell my friends not to look for the easy path; there is no shortcut to real success. If you want long-term success you need to invest lots of time and effort and take steady steps toward your goals without skipping any moments. You should trust yourself and you must pave your own path. Give people permission to have doubt in you but you must believe in yourself and learn how to identify and ignore self-sabotaging conversations.
Although Nazli became a very successful businesswoman, she still has big dreams to achieve. Nazli’s good time management skills are key in her success. She successfully runs her business, attends various conferences and events, spends time with family and friends, and still works hard on developing herself professionally. “I have big goals now but I believe that I have to take small steps, I am very positive, determined and hardworking. The question that I ask myself every single day is: ‘what did I give to world today?’ And every night before going to bed I promise myself that tomorrow I’m going do better than today. Tomorrow will be better than today.”
Editors: Aygun Dadashova and Em Elle