I have always been drawn to successful women. Even at an early age, I was fascinated by them. However, I was never sure what “successful” really meant. All I knew is that strong independent women were inspiring to me, and I wanted to become one of them. Maybe it’s because I came from a culture that was promoting the exact opposite. So growing up, I was able to realize my dreams and become both strong and independent.
I didn’t have a father to give me directions in life. Instead I had a strong mother that performed the roles of both mother and father. After many years of abuse, my mother and I left Morocco and emigrated alone in Belgium. After high-school I was eager to leave home and start a new exciting life. I first moved to the city of Brussels, which is the capital of Belgium. Few years later, I decided to take it further. I moved to another continent; the United States. Without knowing a single soul there, I started my journey in this exciting, new country.
Until recently, I still didn’t really know what made someone successful. Was it money? If so, how much? Was it status? If so, at what level success is considered success? All these questions were running through my head. So I decided to create my own definition of success. To me, success means being free to be whatever I wanted. To have a career I love and that would bring me financial security. To love and be loved.
Today I’m an empowerment coach for women, and I’m excited to introduce to you the “Self Made Successful Women” Project. Over the course of this year, I’ll be interviewing ONE HUNDRED successful women about their personal journeys, challenges they’ve faced, and what success means to them. I hope that these videos will inspire the next generation of Self Made Successful Women, no matter where they are in the world.