By: Farah Matar, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability leader, Deloitte, Middle East
I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have to fight for something I wanted. And when I say fight I don’t mean a quarrel with fists, but rather a struggle to make a statement.
Looking back at my career path, I have faced milestone challenges that have been instrumental in shaping the person I have become today. In 2012, I had to fight for a passion which I believed would bear me a career – CSR – a rather niche and novel specialty (back then), in which few foresaw potential. I had to prove to my family that there was value behind quitting our family’s business and going after something I felt so strongly about.
Along the way I found myself often fighting for values that I upheld in order to get my opinion heard in my quest to convince business leaders (who I pitched for) or university students (who I taught) of the significance of responsible citizenship, shared value creation, and concepts like doing well while doing good. Then soon after came one of the biggest career challenges that I had faced to date – landing a position at Deloitte – where my patience was truly tested as I waited for the right position to take shape. Fortunately, my patience paid off and I soon found the right balance with Deloitte, fusing my passion, my background and my past work experiences with the corporate world. Today, a year and a quarter after having joined, every meeting, every call, every presentation, and every pitch is an inspiring challenge that I look forward to solving and learning from.
What have I learned? Never cease to:
- Fight for an opportunity
- Fight to get your idea through
- Fight for what you believe is right
- Fight for fairness and equality
- And fight for the ones you love (on a personal note)
Don’t forget the 2Ps along the way: passion and patience. If you’re fighting for it, it means it’s worth it!
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