J0-Ann talks to Ruqya shares with us her thoughts on gratitude and acceptance. She believes acceptance comes before gratitude and that through gratitude entrepreneurs can emerge stronger, more resilient and as better leaders. Ruqya mentioned, “Within your entrepreneurial journey be accepting of the fact that there will be good days and bad. The good ones did not come as a favour and the bad ones are not a curse. Each come to play their role, teach you something and grow you. Being worried about a lost opportunity or a failed deal makes you constantly look at what is missing and that is your real loss.” Ruqya delivers a TED Talk recently where she used the acronym SMILE. Since then she has delivered talks, workshops and presentations on how it can be used to propel the individual forward. Are you using gratitude?
Ruqya Khan, a wordsmith who is also a Master Practitioner of NLP, Hypnosis and Time Line Therapy®. She started her career as a freelance writer more than 15 years ago. Between then and now she has interviewed more than 3000 people from different walks of life. Her articles have covered the views and stories of many – right from celebrities to business owners to the office help! Her journey in the media industry gave her many roles to play. She has been the editor of two magazines, Emirates Parent Plus and Young & Trendy. She has done PR work for Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai Summer Surprises and Global Village. She had written scripts for TV shows and even managed content for the marketing and communications department at Knowledge and Human Development Authority in Dubai. Though a graduate in microbiology and genetics she took to journalism with confidence. Passion to express, complete trust in self and gratitude are her strengths. Her blog on Facebook, RK rites is a favourite stopover for a quick bite of soul food – in just one line she creates room for so much mind chatter.