Soraya Gadit’s top four pieces of advice for women in manufacturing (and beyond)
I believe it is important to understand we cannot know and do everything alone. It is our responsibility to do what we love and follow our passion, find the people that are capable of doing what you want. Improve your communication skills to the max – they are your greatest tools, because people need to understand the road and everything you need them to do.
Find someone you trust, find someone with experience, do not try to go on this battle alone. It is a bumpy road but at the end it is worth it, because your ability to rationally think and make smart and wise decisions will impact you not only in your work but also in your personal life.
One of the hardest and most important things you need to learn is to listen. When in a meeting, be the last one to talk. This way you don’t influence anyone and it is genuine what they will say. Your workers will treat you with respect. Most importantly: while you are listening, you may learn a thing or two.
It can be controversial but as a woman, it is hard to climb to the top. Being a good listener will allow you to get there, try to calm our mind, be less impulsive, learn to be in control of yourself so you can learn to be in control of others.
The sentence “do what you love, and you will never work a day in your life” is true. But remember, just because this suggests that you are not working does not mean it is easy. I leave you with Denzel Washington’s words: “Ease is a greater threat to progress than hardship. So, keep moving, keep growing, keep learning. See you at work.”
Have your family and friends as your ambassadors. Find an investor that helps you with difficult decisions.
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