They said I couldn't do it.
At 21, they told me I was too young to become a property investor. I told them, "I Can and I Will. Watch me."
Twelve months later I had my first investment property.
At 23, they told me I was too inexperienced to start my own business. Even if my web designs were 'pretty good for a girl.'
I told them, "I Can and I Will. Watch me."
I left and started my own company. We made over $120,000 in our first year.
At 24, they told me it was a stupid idea to start a girl focused charity. "Those things always fail, just stick with what you know," they said.
"Oh yeah?" I said. "I Can And I Will. Watch Me."
That charity has raised millions of dollars and educated over 30,000 women and girls across Africa - now it's got a new CEO, and it continues to flourish and grow.
At 29, they said there was no way I could crowdfund $10,000 to start a bangle company. After all, "how many women could possibly want bangles with a bit of writing on them?" they said.
"Guess we'll see" I replied with a twinkle in my eye.
"I Can and I Will. Watch Me."
I raised $25,000 in 3 weeks and that bangle company is still kicking ass and taking names today. (Yeah, this one).
At 32, they told me the illness I was diagnosed with was both progressive and incurable. I called bullshit. "I Can Get Healthy Again - And I Will. Watch Me." And now, two years on, I'm smashing every medical odd and getting healthier with each passing day.
I Can and I Will. Watch me.
No matter what you set out to achieve, there are always going to people around you who will tell you that it's impossible. That you can't do it. Your only job is to call bullshit - because you CAN do it.
That dream you've got? You can have it. And it starts with believing that you can.
Go after it. Show them that they're wrong. You're a bloody powerhouse lady - own that. And repeat after me. "I Can And I Will. Watch Me."