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Reading: Breaking Stereotypes and Overcoming Doubts: Natalee Drummond-Fairley’s 10 Lessons for Success

Breaking Stereotypes and Overcoming Doubts: Natalee Drummond-Fairley’s 10 Lessons for Success

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Breaking Stereotypes and Overcoming Doubts: Natalee Drummond-Fairley's 10 Lessons for Success
Breaking Stereotypes and Overcoming Doubts: Natalee Drummond-Fairley's 10 Lessons for Success

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Reflecting on 20 years of practicing law, Natalee Drummond-Fairley, Esq., shares 10 pieces of advice she would give her 25-year-old self about the road ahead. Her journey as a lawyer has been marked by both success and failure, which has taught her invaluable lessons. Here are the 10 things she would tell her younger self:

Learn from your losses: Although it’s great to win, it’s the losses that often teach us the most. These losses may be tough, but they can provide valuable lessons that lead to future success.

Prioritize your health: While making money is important, it should never come at the cost of your physical, mental, or emotional well-being. The happiest people are not always the richest.

Don’t let fear hold you back: Many of the things we fear never come to fruition, so don’t let fear paralyze you. Take risks, and don’t be afraid to fail.

Don’t take things personally: Not everyone will like you, and that’s okay. It’s often not about you, but rather about their own personal struggles. Be kind to those who dislike you.

Judge people by their character: The people who help us the most are often those who are different from us. Don’t judge people based on their skin color, religion, or political beliefs. Judge them based on their character.

Use being underestimated to your advantage: Being underestimated can be an advantage, so take advantage of it while you can.

Know that you are enough: You don’t need anyone else’s validation. You are enough, and that’s all that matters.

Don’t let doubters hold you back: Those who once doubted you may later come to sing your praises. Don’t let anyone else’s doubts stop you from pursuing your dreams.

Do it for the girls who look like you: Don’t seek praise or accolades for yourself. Do it for the girls who look up to you and need to see that they too can succeed.

Keep the faith: Finally, trust in God and keep the faith. He is always with you, and he will never leave you. Give him the glory no matter what.

Natalee’s 20-year journey as a lawyer has taught her many valuable lessons that she wishes she had known earlier in her career. Her advice is not just for lawyers, but for anyone on their own path to success. Embrace your failures, prioritize your health, don’t let fear hold you back, and judge people based on their character. Most importantly, trust in God and keep the faith, and you will find success and happiness on your journey.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.
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