In 2012, I almost burnt out. It wasn’t the first time. I had the bad habit of accepting every project, every opportunity that was offered to me. Not because it would serve my career or help me fulfil my goals. I said yes to everything because I thought it was a once in a lifetime opportunity. Because I didn’t understand why people were interested in me, my skills, my work. Because for me I was below average, not worthy.
Ending up in E.R. once more helped me realise I had to stop. I had to stop underestimating myself. I had to change the way I see myself and my interactions with other people. After all, if so many opportunities were offered to me, there might be reason. The thing is, it’s easier said than done. It took me another 6 months to actually do something.
It was election time at Girlz In Web, a French association that promotes the place of women in the digital and new tech industries. I wanted to run for the vice-presidency. But I was there for less than a year, I was the youngest and some strong, more experienced women were running as well. And suddenly it was really clear to me. I had ideas, a clear vision for the association, I had already proved my value. I should run. I had to run. I had to finally dare.
Not only I was elected as the new vice-president but today I’m the co president of this great association.
I’ve been in Girlz In Web for 3 years, I have met hundreds of professionals, women and men, from the digital and new tech industries. I have also had the opportunity to meet inspiring, successful women. And today I can say three things:
Too many women underestimate themselves, no matter their career or background
Too many women do what they should and not what they really want
Successful women, our role models, the Sheryl Sandbergs of the world, went through a lot of doubts and questioning as well.