Don’t give a damn about what people think - Mandira

Not everybody has to like you - Mandira Bedi (left) tells FICCI Ladies

Don’t give a damn about what people think - Mandira

'I despise the word expectations’

Live life on your own terms, don’t hesitate to seek help, Mandira Bedi tells women entrepreneurs

HYDERABAD, Apr 5 (The CONNECT) - I dislike and despise the word ‘expectations’ said actress and TV presenter Mandira Bedi.

Speaking to women entrepreneurs and professionals at a talk session titled Wired for Challenges, organised by FLO-Hyderabad Mandira said that expectations are a bad thing.

“I don’t like that word,” she said and observed: “Expectations mean that we are set to do things in a certain way.”

‘What will people think?’ was the question that I grew up with. My mother used to always question me. It was always there in everything. When I grew up, I gave up that. I don’t care about what will people think, Mandira said.  

Giving advice to women, Mandira said that seeking validation is not good, “be the best of what you can be”.

“Don’t give a damn about what people think. Live life on your own terms,” she said.

 Mandira asked women entrepreneurs and professionals to reach out to their support system and seek help.

“Don’t shy away from taking help. Don’t do everything yourself,” she declared.  “Reach out, take help from your family, friends, etc.,” she said.

She recalled and reminisced about her journey into the world of TV, Film and Cricket. Mandira Bedi said that cricket taught her a lot. And the two important lessons were ‘Not everybody has to like you’ and another very important thing was ‘be in the moment’; because moment is all we have,” she said.

Mandira said that she has no regrets in life except that she had a son at the age of 39. That was the only thing that she regretted. She wished that she would have had her son earlier.

Shubhraa Maheshwari, Chairperson, FLO Hyderabad Chapter said that her vision for the term is “Stronger SHE” - an endeavour to provide systematic and tailored resources for women to build long-term and sustainable livelihoods for themselves and for society. Our theme this year is ‘Financial Literacy for Women’ through a series of learning sessions and workshops, Shubhraa said.

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