Growing up, I knew without needing to be told that I could do whatever I set my mind to – that the world and all it’s doors, windows and ceilings were wide open to me, whatever I decided to do and wherever I decided to do it.
There was never any question that my gender may impact my future, there was never any sign that being a woman made me somehow less.
In every job I’ve held throughout my life, I’ve earned twice that of my partners and at least a quarter more than the men in similar positions – why? Because I ask for it. Because I promote my strengths, because I seek out opportunities and put everything into them.
It doesn’t matter what you choose to do. There is no barrier to your capability, there is no barrier to your growth or earning potential. If you focus on what you want and you ask for it, seek it out, pursue it with fervent ambition, you WILL succeed, you WILL achieve, you WILL find that those doubts you’d harboured were unnecessarily oppressive because you are capable of so much more than you’d previously imagined.