Marie Claire (Malaysia) - - Contents - Kim­ber­ley Lau EDI­TOR kim­lau@bluinc.com.my

I’m the first to ad­mit it: when I came into this po­si­tion, I had no idea what I was do­ing. Though I had served as the sec­tion edi­tor of an­other ma­jor women’s ti­tle some years back, tak­ing on the job as edi­tor of a mag­a­zine I’ve al­ways held in such high es­teem was like div­ing into un­known waters when you’re not sure how strong of a swim­mer you are. Ter­ri­fy­ing!

“Am I good enough? Am I do­ing enough?” What’s com­fort­ing in a twist of schaden­freude, is that every­one has their own fears. This is true no mat­ter whether you’re just start­ing out in the work­force or if you’re earn­ing a five fig­ure salary. Find the courage to lis­ten to your in­ner crit­i­cal voice and un­der­stand that it’s not try­ing to take you down with it, but forc­ing you to spend time on self-re­flec­tion, to dig deeper so your roots grow stronger. Self-doubt makes its home in the minds of most peo­ple, but it doesn’t need to be an un­com­fort­able sleep­over.

Do things that scare yet ex­cite you—even if it’s wear­ing some­thing you wouldn’t nor­mally con­sider. Bold prints, fire-en­gine red lip­stick, the works. You can even bor­row a lit­tle courage from the un­con­ven­tional fash­ion risk tak­ers (page 38) we’ve high­lighted. Do things that feel right, even if it isn’t the best time or place. “Fear is a re­ac­tion, courage is a de­ci­sion”, said the wise Sir Win­ston Churchill. When some­thing doesn’t work out, know that there’s al­ways some­thing out there that’s meant for you and the best is yet to come.

There’s some­thing to be learnt from the mil­len­nial #yolo—that life is short, and you should never be too afraid to say yes, or no, in pur­suit of your per­sonal truth.

As for me, I’m off to dip my toes in new and ter­ri­fy­ing un­char­tered waters!


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