Inner Child: 8 Leading business women advise their younger selves

London Business Magazine March 1st 2022

If you had the chance to go back in time, what would you tell your younger self?

Let’s be honest – it isn’t easy being young nowadays. Gen Z and younger millennials face an unprecedented array of challenges, from the effects of social media on mental health to massive student debt and chronic job insecurity.

Frankly, they deserve a break – and perhaps a chance to learn from their senior peers? By educating each other, that widening intergenerational gap can be bridged and in the long run, we will all benefit from helping others avoid those common pitfalls and mistakes.

At London Business Magazine we have asked several successful women about what tips they would give their younger selves. Words of strength, short-cuts (or not!) and some recommended books to read – we can’t turn back time but you can scroll down to have a read through our verbal time capsule!

Dr Zahida Johal: “An original is worth more than a copy”

With 30+ years of dentistry and cosmetic experience, Dr Zed is a strong advocate for raising awareness around children’s mental health. She also recently founded ZSmile London – a business selling dental-grade teeth whitening products.

Here are some notes to my teenage self:

Believe in yourself from inside and out, even if no one else does.

Be yourself and love yourself because an original is worth more than a copy.

The only thing that stands between you and your goal is YOURSELF!

There are no secrets to success but self-belief, hard work and learning from failure.

Failure is good, so don’t let anyone tell you it isn’t. This is what will lead you to success. Failing, getting up, learning and then going again.

Always remember that when it hurts and there are dark times, life is trying to teach you something. Life is not against you. So just let it pass and learn from it.

Plus, since there’s nothing better than a good book, these are just some titles I would recommend to myself:

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Atomic Habits by James Clear

High 5 Habit by Mel Robbins

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