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Message to me at 30

Published:Monday | October 6, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Donna Duncan-Scott
Dr Cheryl McDonald-Sloley
Jacqueline Sharp
Chorvelle Johnson
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As movers and shakers of today's society, onlookers often wonder what does it take to make it to the top? Especially at the age of 30 when the average woman is at so many crossroads in life Flair sought the advice of four prominent women of Jamaica. We asked them: What advice would you give to your 30 year old self? Here are their responses.

Chorvelle Johnson - CEO of Proven Wealth Limited

Be positive: No matter what you are going through in life, stay focussed and continue to be positive, don't get side tracked. Encourage persons around you to be positive.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you: Always treat persons with respect and how you would like to be treated. (Thanks to my parents for instilling this).

Life is short enjoy it: Go after the things in life you set out to achieve but enjoy yourself while doing so. It is the little things that count.

Family! Family! Family!: Show love to your family all the time. They are your base that you can always go back to get energised.

Jacqueline Sharp - President & CEO Scotiabank

Be focused and work hard to achieve your goals, striving always for excellence in everything you do. Have confidence in your abilities and take advantage of every learning opportunity to expand your skills and capabilities. Saving and financial planning is critical, and the earlier you start, the better!

Donna Duncan-Scott - head of Jamaica Money Market Brokers

I'd like to make a suggestion that will bring joy and fulfilment more of the time in your life. It is a four step practice that does not take a lot of time but frees up a lot of time. It will have you spending more of your life in conversations (in your mind and with others) that support the realisation of the greatness that is within you and a everyone around you.

1. Pause, observe your thoughts, recognise the voice of the ego that is constantly assessing and judging you, others and circumstances. Out of fear of survival, that voice in your head is seeking to protect your identity, often times setting limitations as to what is possible for you and others in the future based on what has happened in the past, not on who you really are.

2. Remember who you really are, you are a spiritual being having a human experience. You are not the sum total of your past experiences. As a spiritual being you can tap into all possibility. In fact it is your being that is noticing the voice in your head.

3. Quiet your thoughts and listen to the voice of your heart/your being which is connected to God's spirit. Seek to identify your purpose and co-create with God a pathway to fulfilling your purpose and potential. Choose in each moment to follow your purpose and to be guided by the voice in your heart which is driven by love.

4. Remember that everyone you come in contact with is a spiritual being just like you, none better or lesser, look behind the appearances and manifestations of the fear driven ego, connect with their heart and support them in manifesting their purpose and their greatness.

This is a lifelong practice when done will increase the sense of joy and fulfilment for yourself and your world. Love in abundance.

Dr Cheryl McDonald-Sloley - Jamaica - Regional Coordinator, OECS & Barbados at The University of the West Indies-Open Campus

Life is 10 per cent what you make it and 90 per cent how you take it. The only thing constant is change and once its taking you in the right direction just embrace it. If I had know this when I was 30 years old I would be set

As movers and shakers of today's society, onlookers often wonder what does it take to make it to the top? Especially at the age of 30, when the average woman is at so many crossroads in life, Flair spoke to four prominent Jamaican women. We asked them: What advice would you give to your 30-year-old self? Here are their responses.