The job: Senior Partner in a leading tech company
The location: Sydney, Australia
I've always been a super positive person. My parents were migrants who left everything they knew in Scotland and followed their dream to set up a new life in Australia. My mother was a successful COO, my dad an engineer and together they instilled a belief in me and my siblings that we could do anything we wanted to if we put our minds to it. There was no room in our family for negativity or feeling sorry for yourself...it was always 'pick yourself up, dust yourself off and put a brave face on.
It’s a philosophy that’s now as much a part of my professional life as it is my personal one. I see positivity in everything. I lost both my parents at a young age to cancer – and trust me, while it was crap, I take it as a constant reminder to embrace every moment. Feeling sorry for yourself is allowed, but only for a short time, then you have to move on.