“In different environments, people can judge you by the way you look or talk, by the color of your skin, and so on, and you can’t please everyone. Therefore, I always treat my mind as a garden, and focus on the beautiful flowers in it, discarding all the negatives, because people and their opinions can get to you very easily. Sometimes, I do feel tired and exhausted, but I never reach a dead end, because I feel that if there is a will, there is a way. And you need to surround yourself with people who, even if they haven’t excelled in their own education or career, really believe in you, no matter what. It’s because you need that unconditional trust and love. And once you have a mission in life that is a light to carry you forward, you won’t even notice the obstacles and the challenges anymore.”
Dr. Hayat Sindi, Saudi Arabian medical scientist and one of the first female members of the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia, on Leading the Way. More on International Day of Women and Girls in Science.