Julinda Garus-Ôas (MCIPS)
Namibia Water Corporation Ltd. (NamWater)
What’s the biggest challenge you have faced as a woman in business to date?
In life, I was faced with numerous challenges, such as balancing responsibilities by being a single mother, and the fear of failure. Life is a daily learning process where each day comes with new information, unfortunately access to information and emerging knowledge has been limited. Lastly, lack of courage or confidence (timidity), I was afraid to be labeled as proud and boastful. I failed to own up to my success which motivated me to work harder and inspire others around me.
Who has inspired you (male or female)?
My parents have greatly inspired me a lot. They have been my biggest support system in every decision I took about my life. They allowed me to follow my own path, especially my father through his open mindedness about life and positive outlook to keep thinking of the best, his continuous motivation, love and care. I’m forever grateful to have them in my life.
What do you wish you’d known when you started out and/ or what advice would you give your younger self?
The most important advice I’d give my younger self is that the powerful warriors in life are time, patience and faith. Lost time is never found again. If I have known what I known now, there is a whole lot that I would’ve done differently.
What are the character traits of successful women and/ or what do you think makes a good leader?
The most important character traits of successful women are that they have a vision for the future, working hard and persistently, they choose their battles wisely and do not make a big deal about every little thing, importantly they believe in what they do by believing in the purpose of their work which is the fuel behind years of hard work and dedication. Successful women believe in themselves, which is ultimately a beautiful thing. Lastly remain grateful, don’t take anything for granted.
What makes me a great leader is that I possess a clear vision, I’m courageous, have integrity, honest, humble and have a clear focus.
Do you have a favourite quote or statement that sums up your approach to life?
Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do. It always seems impossible until it’s done. Nelson Mandela
What do you #ChooseToChallenge?
From challenge comes change, so let's all choose to challenge.