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On being fired

I have been fired from pretty much every job I have ever worked. I have set up so many businesses and projects. Many failed. Some didn’t even get off the ground.


I have learnt, however, not to define myself by my experiences and by my failures. Instead, I define myself by the words which I choose to use.


Also, as cheesy as it sounds, being fired, helped me to find my own fire.


I asked my best friend once. Why do we do what we do? The chasing? The running? The adventure? The work? The people? The experiences?


She replied. “Because we feel the fire in our belly”

She was right. She never let me off the hook. Never let me feel sorry for myself. And never, ever, left me feeling uninspired.


So here it is. To the start of the ETERNAL FLAME (#Bangles). I have learnt, that sometimes we chase the spark. You know. That feeling. That moment. The elation. But the spark, is just that. It is a spark. It is a split second. It is a moment in time.

Whether it comes to a business, a friendship, or a romantic relationship the spark can only get your so far. It is required, that is true. But it is not going to get you there! Think about it, when you go camping, don’t you need to continue to move around the wood? Fan the flame? Add pieces of paper or tissue? In order to keep it burning all night. This is the case, both at the campsite, and in your belly, this is what is required.


My lesson is to keep moving. Keep shifting. Keep adapting. What works one minute or one day, may not work the next hour or the next month. God gave you a brain. Use it! Think. Move a small piece in your life and maybe it will help the flame to burn longer. Maybe it will die down. But when it dies down, don’t let it go out. Don’t let it go out.


If it happens, it’s ok. This is probably you quitting your job or a bout of depression. It’s ok. Just don’t stop.


So, dear readers. Here’s to a lifetime of fire full bellies and some hot stuff.


In the words of Rumi: “Set your life on fire. Seek those who fan your flames”

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TEDx Oud Metha


Inspired Being Co’s very own Zainub Jenna Bata will be involved with TEDx Oud Metha on February 15th 2020.

Zainub Jenna has been involved with TEDx since 2016. First in 2016 as a speaker at TEDx Deira, and then as speech curator 2017 and MC 2018 at TEDx Al Wasl Women. She is excited to be with Tedx Oud Metha for 2019. Zainub is a mediator – and builds her life around the values of connection, Authenticity and truth.


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Superheros @ Authenticity Circle

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This workshop has been designed for all the superheroines in our lives who don’t know their power yet. Superman has Clark Kent, Bruce Wayne has Batman. Why not create your own? If you’re an introvert, an alter ego gives you the freedom to become a bigger, bolder version of yourself. Even if you’re naturally extroverted you can utilize an alter ego to drive your message home in an over the top and even more entertaining way. This is also a great way to develop your personal brand, and all fun.

Alter ego: (noun) a different version of yourself

The right alter ego can be your personal launch point to grow your platform and expand your brand. Your ego is not your amigo. It causes you to hold back and not take chances because it’s human nature to worry about the eight deadly words: What will others think? What will others say? The problem is that holding back never produced great results.

Why go through this process?

There is also a huge intangible benefit a lot of people don’t see. An alter ego enables you to compartmentalize your work from your personal life. Just like an entertainer we are all on stage in our businesses but much of life is lived off stage in the company of family and friends.

We are not and need not be the same person at home as we are in the office or on the stage. We all have two selves: our work self and our home self. How do you shift into high gear at work and then down-shift and be truly present at home? Conceptually, I love to INTEGRATE different parts of ourselves, and at the same time we can engage different sources of power from within us.