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Helena Malhagães

BASED IN: LISBON

FROM: LISBON

SPEAKING GIGS: ♥ WOMEN IN TECH

ABOUT HER:

What was your biggest failure?

In 2014, I was working for a big Portuguese female magazine for quite a while and I felt restless and unmotivated. From the outside, it might have looked like I had the best job ever but on the inside, I felt incredibly frustrated. I really loved what I was doing but I hated the way I was doing, meaning I loved to write but I hated the things I had to write. Truthfully, I no longer identified myself with the contents of the magazine and it dawned on me that I was in a career block and I needed to find career fulfillment. In the beginning of 2014 I quitted my perfect job. Here I was with no money, no job, living in my parent’s house with a room full of books and dreams. This big failure turned out to be the trigger to look for what I really wanted to do: write books, read books and talk about books. I created my personal blog and started writing chronicles and somewhere along the way I found an audience, created my “book gang” and received an invitation from a publisher to write my first book.

What is sucess for you?

Success is all about fulfillment. It’s the ability to pursue and make money with the things we’re passionate about. As Jim Rohn said, “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
What is happiness for you?

Again, is all about fulfillment. How could I ever be happy if I had continued to work in a place I hated? Writing things I hated? I guess I always thought having a job and a lot of money was the key. But I had a steady job and money on my bank account and I was still the most unhappy person on the planet. So, for me, happiness is hitting my goals, whatever they are in each stage of life. Maybe that’s reaching a million bucks or maybe that’s having a healthy family. For now, is writing books.

Do you use gut feeling to make your hardest decisions?

Yes

Three tips for younger women who are starting their ventures

  • Always believe in yourself;
  • Don’t be afraid to shout your ideas;
  • Never despise your work. You must be your number one supporter.