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Exactly 3 years ago, I was stuck.

While I was becoming an expert at keeping up appearances and I was never short of rolling out one or two ‘success stories’ in response to the question “so how have you been?”, truth be told I was far from doing great.

You see, I had made the decision to quit my job in Amsterdam, end the lease and pack my bags to move to Dubai a few years prior. I probably owe you guys the story of how that went – the beginning was not pretty.

Fast forward a few years later, I am sitting at the table during our weekly staff meeting at the company I was working for in Dubai and I acknowledge to the rest of the team that I had made a mistake in a deliverable for my client. I was looking for collective input from the team to help me come up with the best way to fix this.

In a matter of minutes, I went from being one of the firms top performing senior business development managers, having broken 10 year records and setting new higher standards across the firm to being ‘unofficially’ demoted with extra reviews before any deliverable were to be sent out.

During the next six months that followed I had to drag myself to work. My confidence was at an all time low, my boss continued to remind me of my supposed ‘incompetence’ and as a result of the way I carried myself during that time, the respect I had earned from the rest of the team evaporated – real fast.

So I quit.

I quit, and it was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself. Instead of jumping in to find a new job and try to prove my worth to somebody else or worse – wait for someone to come around and tell me, I took that time to remind myself of who I was.

In the years that followed I successfully founded and sold 2 companies, founded another, coached and helped multiple entrepreneurs set up their own business, joined world class teams at a few amazing firms and so much more.

And I’m not saying it was easy. I have had my fair share of lower lows through it all, but looking back; the highs that resulted from deciding to start betting on myself again ab-so-lutely outweigh the lows.

If you got stuck thinking maybe you’re just not good enough, that your best years are in the past, that perhaps you’ve set the standards a bit too high. Think again.

It’s time to unlock yourself and be who you were before all that stuff happened that dimmed your shine. And there is no better time than #now

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As an entrepreneur at heart, Kimberly Ofori has founded multiple brands and companies over the past decade ranging from digital platforms, human resource solutions to lifestyle brands. Kimberly is the founder of Growth Lab, where she trains Scaleup entrepreneurs on growth strategy and organisational structure. Her expertise lies in business model design and strategy innovation. Kimberly is also the founder and curator of TheLead, a platform that focuses on educating, upskilling professional career women and funding female business owners. She also founded the Apreneur Network, the digital networking platform for African entrepreneurs that was recently sold to a US investor.