Feelings of insecurity at work, the nagging worry that we are not quite as smart, informed, or competent enough as we ought to be, or as others might think, is familiar to most of us, irrespective of our gender. However, there is a perception that feelings of insecurity are more prevalent in women. In addition, feelings of self-doubt are often seen as a personal failing, leading individuals to turn inward in an attempt overcome them.
INSEAD's Limitless campaign celebrates women who have dared to push beyond their own limits and conquer obstacles in their lives to create positive change. We also recognise that change would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the support systems they relied on – people who shared their lives, the weight of their responsibilities, and the ups and downs of their friend’s or loved one’s journey to success.
We live in a world of constraints - some are physical, some cultural but they are always personal. These mindsets limit our human potential to achieve great things in life and hinder experiences that not only enrich ourselves but also benefit society at large. INSEAD celebrates women who have dared to push beyond their own limits and conquer obstacles in their lives to create positive change. In today's episode of In The Know we celebrate the incredible feats of our five guests with a digital roundtable discussion.
INSEAD really pushes you out of your comfort zone
Do not be scared to try new things
As a girl of Indian descent growing up in Chicago, I was taught to regularly seek blessings from elders in the family, particularly my paternal grandmother. She would place her hand on my head, and pray that I would be blessed with good health, success in school, and a good home. One day, I stopped her and said, “But grandma, I already have a good home.” She gently smiled, and replied, “No, not this home, this is your parents’ home. Your real home will be your husband’s home.”