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8 tips that will help you succeed in your career
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8 tips that will help you succeed in your career

8 tips that will help you succeed in your career
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Zai Miztiq conducting a training for ASEAN Women's Leadership Academy Alumni organised by US Embassy.  Pic: Supplied.

Sushmita Mohapatra

 

What was meant to be a safe ride home turned into a life-altering journey that left Zai Miztiq almost paralysed. But this Singapore-based best-selling author discovered that her journey could inspire many to take charge of their lives.

Drawing from her life experiences, Zai started a Sisterhood Mentorship Programme, wrote two books and became a leading trainer and speaker to help people make the most of their careers and professional choices.

If you find yourself in a dead-end job or need some motivation to shake things up, here are her top eight tips:

GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Zai’s first venture was Miztiq Henna and Body Art, a company she started with a friend when she was 21. But her biggest success with this venture wasn’t in Singapore but in Japan. She headed there for a short vacation but ended up spending nearly six months in the country when she found that the Japanese loved henna art. Buoyed by massive success and featured in newspapers and on radio, the venture made her a mini-celebrity when she returned home.

“Sometimes, all it needs is for us to head out and find other avenues where your passions may be better received,” Zai said. “Things may not always work out in the place that you are in.”

SEE THE BIGGER WISDOM OF THINGS

Spiritualism and religion are central to Zai’s philosophy. Looking back at her experiences, she believes that it sometimes helps to take a step back and see the bigger wisdom of why and how things happen.

“When I went to Japan, I had an idea to set up a street art shop despite criticism from my family. But things moved quickly, and we received overwhelming support. The initial obstacles were essential for us to [overcome], and it helps to see that sometimes there is a greater purpose in things that don’t work out as planned.”

CHANGE YOUR MINDSET FROM VICTIM TO VICTOR

Zai’s accident left her almost paralysed, with her doctor writing off any chance of ever being able to walk again. “I did not let any of this really impact my spirits. And I discovered the power of turning your pain to power and moving away from playing a victim.”

She has seen this play out with her clients across various senior leadership roles who assume the role of a victim tormented by a boss, a colleague, or harsh corporate policies.

“Sometimes the problem could just be you and not the environment around you. It helps to introspect, understand self-esteem or confidence issues and head out to a victorious journey.”

FIND A PURPOSE IN LIFE

Zai believes that it is important to find a purpose in life to succeed in life. “I see serving God as serving his creations, and this purpose drives me in life. I think it is important for people to find this larger purpose that goes beyond everyday life. We all have a role to play.”

TRAVEL TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YOURSELF AND THE WORLD

Zai sees herself as a traveller, having lived and travelled to Japan, Yemen, Syria, Morocco, Jordan and Italy. She says that travelling, both as a solo traveller and with family and friends, has always challenged her, taught her more about herself and helped her grow into a better person.

“From surviving in cold weather with a heater dying on me to travelling for 15 days on my own, I have learnt so much. I believe that I would have never survived in this world if I didn’t travel.”

DEFINE YOUR TRUE INTENTION IN LIFE

There is a question Zai often asks people who seek her help to resurrect their careers or scale up their ventures: “Why are you doing this; what is your real intention?” Like a company defining its mission and vision, a person must know what drives him or her to accomplish or work towards something.

LOVE YOURSELF

Although this seems like a no-brainer, Zai believes that loving yourself should be at the core of all your decision-making as well. “Respecting and appreciating yourself is essential to achieve greater success in life. From determining your strength and identity to understanding your desire or intention and then deciding how to move forward, loving yourself makes this journey easier.”

GIVE BACK

Once you have aced in a sector or field and done really well for yourself, it is time to give back to the community and people around you. “I have a simple concept of LAT: learn, apply and teach. I encourage people I know to spend some time seeking out people who need help in the sector they are well versed in. This not only helps them but also makes you better at what you already know.”

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