Previously on Kerry’s Blog, I shared what I had learnt from Norah Odwesso at Networking in Heels. So today, I will conclude this two-part series with words of wisdom from Carole Mandi.
Carole is no stranger to Kenyan audiences. She is a force to a force to reckon with the publishing word and was the host of the TV talk show Sebuleni a couple of years back. Today, she is the owner of Carole Mandi Media that publishes True Love East Africa, Drum and other lifestyle magazines. Actually, I bought this month’s issue just because the Moipei sisters were on the cover and its quality is quite similar to Elle, Vogue…you get my drift.
Carole Mandi told us that she views herself as a storyteller and a cheerleader for Kenyan women. In her segment, she summed up her life lesson in the following nuggets. If you would like the summarised version, please scroll down to the bottom. Otherwise, long form is definitely worth your time.
- Everything adds up. We are a sum total of our experiences so ensure that you do your time in the trenches i.e lotsa hard work, not forgetting the blood,sweat and tears. It also helps to have those self-tough-love conversations just to assess your progress.
- Do what you have to do, to do what you want to do
- Create your own luck
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- Do you !
- Keep in touch. Never lose touch your networks especially your family and (good) friends. Never be too busy for them.
- The candle only burns at one end -Carole Mandi
- Life unfolds as it should. See point #1
- Be a crusader
- Be a cheerleader. I vividly remember Carole quoting Madeline Albright
There is a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women
- Learn to manage your downside (something that Norah also mentioned)
- Implement daily. Do something ALREADY!!! (The emphasis is mine, btw)
- Be an expert juggler. Carole says that it all knowing what balls you actually need to keep.
- Delegate. Ms. Mandi passionately spoke about asking help especially around the home. It’s important that you treat your house-help…ahem House Manager well, because you entrust your home and your kids to her while you continue hustling. Aside from the COTU requirements, try to improve his or her life and break the cycle of poverty in his/her life. For more clarification, read Kathryn Stockett’s The Help or watch the movie.
- Going to the salon is part of your job description.
Tend your aspirations
Have well chosen experiences
All in all, I had a blast. I got to meet a couple of interesting people that I hoping to have deeper connections with, I got to use my interesting people fund and also unwind. Looking forward to next Networking in Heels event.