If you have self-confidence and self-worth, then you respect yourself first and you know how to articulate conversations or negotiations respectfully with others.
By intuition, you know how to deal with certain situations, and perhaps most importantly, you’re willing to speak your truth and not let others influence you to believe what is not in your hearts of hearts.
I have done my best to embody this throughout my career as a business owner. I am known (and I pride myself on being known) as straight forward and outspoken. I tell it like it is, but I always do so with respect.
As a woman in a man’s world – as a CEO of my own company and as a speaker who’s an Asian female – I have to stand out from the crowd. In both business and the speaking world, there are many more males than females (men still outnumber women 2-to-1 as business owners and as speakers at conferences, according to Small Biz Trends and Bloomberg News).
Because I am petite and shorter in stature, I have to use my actions and my words to prove my power.
Through my body language, my facial expressions, and my energy, I convey how comfortable I am being myself. When people feel that confidence, not arrogance, they smell competency and experience trust in the relationship. Another ingredient in this recipe for success is integrity, meaning you follow through with what you said you would do. You show up and you’re on time.
When you exhibit these characteristics of confidence, you gain the trust of others and build your rapport with people who may become a business partner, a joint venture partner, a client, and even a friend.
This is how I have built my businesses and this is how I have found success in what I do. I have increased my relationship capital tenfold in a mere 2.5 years. I operate from a place of respect and I get it in return.
Recently when I was a guest on a podcast, the interviewer mentioned that after having read my biography, she was surprised to learn that the woman behind those achievements is so humble. My reply was matter of fact: “It is because I know I can learn from every single person I come across.”
What’s more, I never judge people. Instead, I find it fascinating that people have different views and backgrounds. This is why I’m a student of the world.
Confidence, respect, and integrity will take you to the top!
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Born in Hong Kong, raised in England and now residing in Los Angeles, Didi Wong is an Award-Winning International Keynote Speaker, TV Producer, Business Mentor, Best-Selling Author, and Angel Investor.
Didi is the CEO of The Yes Academy, a results-driven educational mentorship program for entrepreneurs.
She was given the highest level award “Women of the Decade for Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital” from the Women Economic Forum as well as an award of Achievements, Recognition and Excellence by the National Council of Women from the Egyptian Government. She has also been honored to speak at the Global Entrepreneurship Initiative at the United Nations and she was the resident speaker on the Think and Grow Rich Legacy World Tour 2019.
As a TV Producer, she is the Executive Producer of “In Case you Didn’t Know with Nick Nanton” featuring Robert Kiyosaki of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” and another TV show “SpeakUP”, both on Amazon Prime Video. She has starred as a guest judge on the #1 Digital business show “Elevator Pitch” as well as a feature documentary on her journey as a speaker called “Impact.”
Didi was given the Certificate of Recognition by Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles for helping women entrepreneurs succeed. She is featured in the article “Women Who Mean Business” in the current March issue of Oprah Magazine. In Fall of 2020, she will be knighted as “Lady Didi” where she will join the Royal Order of Constantine the Great and St. Helen of Spain to further the Royal initiatives both domestically and internationally.
Her superpowers lie in managing her four children under the age of nine, including a set of identical girl twins and all her projects and clients, always with a smile on her face.