I have spent a lot of time in the last few years trying to understand what happiness means for me. I am definitely not an expert, and my girlfriend will (correctly) tell you that I don't always practise what I preach. But as I've gone along, I've come across a handful of recurring and inspiring themes.
Next time you're in your local pharmacy, take a detour to the men's shaving aisle. When you get there, scan the shelves in front of you. You'll see high-gloss packaging, lots of "Fusion" and "Turbo" and "Mach" brands. It's almost like you're in the Formula 1 pit lane, isn't it? The choice seems abundant.
When I started out in business I was very lucky to work with someone who listened to me, shared their knowledge and skills, and basically helped my working experience become an enjoyable one. In short, this colleague was my mentor. A mentor can be anyone who helps you grow by sharing their knowledge with you, offering advice, and being genuinely concerned about you and your success.
If women want to find strength within themselves to project the confidence that men do, they can begin with the lessons other parts of life have already taught them about excelling. One of the best sources of such lessons is something that we're all familiar with: sport. Sport teaches confidence, decisiveness, problem-solving, and strategic thinking skills.
TEDxAthens this November, took the format even further by focusing on 'The Ones Who Do'. The theme seemed entirely appropriate, given the country's current lack of belief in the system and in the future. "Our choice of topic is not only local but urgent: we need to turn thought into action today", one of the organisers Dimitris Kalavros comments.