“Never let any­one con­vince you that you are not good enough”

India Today - - EMPOWERMENT - As told to Moeena Halim

Ithink as a woman, I have it in my DNA to mul­ti­task. But more se­ri­ously, each of th­ese jobs, of a sportsper­son, a celebrity, a phi­lan­thropist, a wife, a daugh­ter, and a sis­ter, is of supreme im­por­tance to me, and hence, I don’t feel the strain in find­ing out time to try and suc­ceed while don­ning dif­fer­ent roles. Find­ing the per­fect bal­ance be­tween the many worlds that I in­habit is not a bat­tle for me. I try to do the best I can and be as true to my­self as pos­si­ble while I do it and trust that ev­ery­thing will take care of it­self for the bet­ter. But, it isn’t easy by any means and it’s con­stant work and ef­fort, which I en­joy.

That said, ‘me time’ is very im­por­tant to me es­pe­cially when I am com­pet­ing. When I am at tour­na­ments, I try and get as much ‘me time’ to try and stay fresh and 100 per cent for the matches since it re­quires com­plete fo­cus. Whether it is go­ing out for cof­fee by my­self into the city, walks or binge watch­ing shows, it all counts. I think you can have it all as long as you be­lieve you can and are ready to work for it. One piece of ad­vice I would like to give to my younger self though would be to be a lit­tle more pa­tient. And I’d like to tell the young women out there try­ing to achieve dif­fer­ent things to just be­lieve in your­self, love what you do and never let any­one con­vince you that you are not good enough. Half the bat­tle is won!

sa­nia mirza 30 Sportsper­son Hy­der­abad, Dubai

AU­GUST 2015

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