Rani Malik

Rani Malik

Co-Founder of Venue 5 and Social Dhaba

I have started many groups and platforms for people to connect to expand their businesses and person growth

Tell us about the venture/ business/ initiative you have started...

I have started many groups and platforms for people to connect to expand their businesses and person growth, I am an ambassador for few platforms, like amnesty, smiles.care, simba cart, SAS

What is your definition of success? What advice would you give to your younger self about "success"?

Today's world has changed, it is not just about a celebration for the change but it's just a reminder that there are still many changes to be made and more causes to fight for, trust your instinct and follow your heart.

What challenges have you encountered on your journey and how have you overcome them? Is this a common challenge in your industry? How can we tackle it?

I have faced racism bullying, criticism that women should be In the kitchen and not on a stage. I overcame them by self assessing my own strengths and weaknesses, then made a lot of changes within.As an asian entrepreneur it can be very intimidating amongst successful men.To tackle these situations you just have to believe in yourself if you do not then how will the world

Have you ever experienced imposter syndrome? If so, are there any examples you can give and tips you can share with other women on how to overcome it?

no I have never experienced it

Are there women you look up to? Who are they and why are they inspirational to you?

I look up to oprah Winfrey she is just so phenomenal in how she talks, her inspirational stories she talks about and how she takes the fear out of FEAR.

What are your thoughts on work-life balance? Do you apply any techniques to achieve work-life balance?

In life everything can be balanced,people get flustered and all worked up for no reason due to society, kitty groups and what people in the community are going to say. As a business woman I find time to chill work and balance all I need to it's all about commitment and positivity

How did you know it was the right time to start your own venture/ initiative? How would you advise someone who is just starting out with a project outside of their regular 9-5 job?

I felt something was not right there were too many stories in the media to do with women, men and situations that made me feel I wish I could help someone get the help they needed. There's so much help but there but people cannot be bothered to get out of there comfort zones and reach out. Me and some friends got together and decided to make a change

What have you learned about leadership, entrepreneurship and mentoring others?

Our kids need a stable comfortable future it is up to us as the adults to prepare them, through self awareness, business and to help others if they can make a difference

What mistakes do you see people make when they first start their own venture/ intiative/ business and what advice would you give to women so that they can avoid making these mistakes?

Do some research on what you decide to do, do not expect miracles straight away to have positivity and do not give up on a few rejections, give it a chance don't keep changing from one business to another people will not take you or your projects seriously.

Are there any resources/ books you would like to recommend for the women who read your #AspiringWomen article?

As a business woman I am being very honest there's no such book or any type of training that can make you as perfect as you can yourself

Is there anything else you would like to share with other women on their journey to success?

Whatever you start make sure its something that you have whole heatedly thought about for your own self growth and not to show or compete against anyone else

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