'The key to success is confidence’ – Ireland’s successful businesswomen share their nuggets of wisdom
Hundreds of Ireland’s most successful business women gathered together on Monday night to celebrate the Image Businesswoman of the Year awards.
As the glamorous women walked the red carpet, they shared the best advice they were ever given and what advice they would pass on to the younger generation.
Pippa O’Connor, beauty and style blogger told Independent.ie that women should have more confidence in themselves.
“The best advice I ever received was to be yourself, be genuine and have absolutely no fear.
“I wish when I was younger I had more confidence and I was less fearful, but that comes with age.”
Pamela Quinn, managing director of global logistics giant Kuehne & Nagel Ireland Ltd, who was given the overall award of the night said women should always plan for the future.
“Work for the job you want, not the job you have. I’ve always worked that bit harder not for the job I was in but for the next job.
“I would advise myself to have been more confident at a younger age.”
Oonagh O’Hagan, founder and managing director, Meaghers Pharmacy Group walked away with the Entrepreneur of the Year award.
“Always find the best people to ask questions. Seek them out. Know what your strengths and weaknesses are and play to them. Always ask for help.”
TV presenter Kathryn Thomas also agreed that confidence is the key to being successful.
“Do it and think about it afterwards. That’s ingrained in my personality. My dad always said do what you want and then think about it afterwards. It’s gets you in trouble sometimes but more often than not it serves its purpose.
“I would say stop stressing so much, self doubting. Anyone who gets into a new business, you know what the bend product is but there’s so much you don’t know in between. You can see the finish line but you’ve hurdles you have to jump to get there. So I wish I knew when I was younger to always have self-belief and confidence. I think that’s something Irish women could be better at. We need to tell ourselves we’re fantastic more often.”
Katie McGlade from Therapie clinic, was with her mum Rita and granny Ann at the event.
Katie said the best piece of advice she ever received was to “have a good attitude”.
“You should love what you do and do what you love so that you never have to work a day in your life.”