#ConnectedWomen: Marie Nadal Sharma, Founder Of Them You And Me
Contributed by Marie Nadal Sharma October 14, 2017
Luxury travel expert turned digital mentor and implementer, Marie reveals how her newfound love for the online world of design, writing and mentoring captured her heart and blossomed into a new business.
As women continue to be a driving force for change around the world, this series aims to highlight those who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to creating an impact.
In this exclusive interview, Connected Women caught up with Marie Nadal Sharma, founder Of Them You And Me.
After fourteen years fully immersed in the luxury travel and hospitality niche, Marie Nadal Sharma discovered a new zeal for all things digital and followed hard after it. Of course, she could never leave travel behind, she learns some of her greatest life lessons travelling. As she blossoms in her new role, Marie has plenty to share from her past experiences, recent travels and current mindset.
Tell us about you and your business/career, and what you were doing before?
I am a Digital Mentor & Implementer. Fancy title, you may think.
I realized long ago that everything is possible as long as you believe. After a 14-year career in luxury travel and hospitality, I jumped into the digital space and realized that I loved it. I have always been creative and it gave me the chance to learn more and challenge myself in so many ways.
If you had told me five years back that I would become a geek, I would have never believed you.
I had always hoped to make a difference and today technology is vital. I want to empower people, especially women, to understand and know what it is all about. I want to tell them that if I can do it, they can too! I have had a mentor all these years and it has helped me tremendously so I wanted to do the same.
My role as an Implementer is to help entrepreneurs get things done and to make sure that their ideas and projects do not remain as a plan on a piece of paper. It is a lonely road and having someone on speed dial changes everything.
Start Now And Don’t Hold Back
Life is now and it does not wait for anyone to be ready for it.
I believe that we are never totally ready to follow our dream or start that dream project. I believe that everyone has a story to tell and something to show to the world. Not everyone will agree or support you, but that does not matter. Listen to your heart and find your tribe — the one that will help you throughout your journey.
Start gathering information, write all your ideas in a notebook, start with baby steps that will encourage you and motivate you for more. Do anything, except postpone. Do not think that it is not the right time, that you are too busy and that you don’t have what it takes. Just start and give it a chance! You will become a better person for it.
Just imagine, what if your story, your entrepreneurial journey inspires and helps someone else in return?
The Journey Of Entrepreneurship Is Like Travelling
My husband and I took a 4-month sabbatical in South America this year. We had planned it for years and honestly, I had always wondered if we would do it one day.
The older you get, the more responsibilities life throws at you, and again, there is never the perfect moment to do it. So we set off! We emptied the apartment, put everything in storage, left with a backpack and let South America disrupt everything.
Travel is not always easy; it can challenge you to the core and reveal who you really are. But you never give up and you keep going. You figure that it’s not about what happens, it’s about how you handle it.
Trekking in the extreme conditions of Patagonia made me realize that an entrepreneurial journey could be the same. You go one step at a time, but you cannot go back. You need to reach the summit or the refuge where you can rest, reflect, get inspired and start again. And when you do reach it, you have an amazing sense of accomplishment that fuels your desire to achieve more the next day.
I wish everyone could experience what we did. It was life-changing, inspiring and challenging, but more than that it made me realize that when you put your heart and mind into something and you really believe in it, you have a chance to make it happen.
During the trip, I realized I wanted to be the caring and nurturing person I was in my personal life in business as well and make a difference. I wanted to make people feel better, encourage them to be who they really are while working in the digital space. I wanted to combine my passion for people with my creativity.
If I Could Do It All Again
I would pause more and let go often.
I would not be so hard on myself. There is no such thing as perfection and I have learned to be vulnerable and to be perfectly imperfect. You don’t need to please everyone and have everyone understand your concept/vision. You just need a few people, your tribe, and know whom to rely upon.
There is no need to say that everything is alright when actually it is not. I believe in authenticity and it is only through admitting the good and the bad that you will find people giving you a hand, willing to step in to help.
Speak out more! Ask for help, for advice, for constructive feedback. You don’t have to do it all alone!
There’s no such thing as failure or success. I believe that any entrepreneur from any industry is already a success, having been brave to begin in the first place! Give yourself more credit and be kind to yourself. Life isn’t about competition! It is about flexibility and integrity. So just go for it!
Perfection does not matter but giving it your best does. And through it all, find the people who stick with you and keep them close.
To Help You Along
“Life is too short. Start with your strengths, start with your weaknesses. You owe it to yourself to just start and give it a try. Life is meant to be lived fully, daringly and authentically.”
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