For Diana Harris, battling breast cancer meant a complete change of perspective. After climbing the corporate ladder for 25 years, she plumped for a change in direction and decided to start her own business specialising in strategy, brand development and innovation.
Having successfully undergone treatment for breast cancer, Diana now tackles everyday tasks with a different mindset. With a ‘cup half-full’ mentality, she sees every new challenge as an opportunity. This fearless attitude derives from her experience with cancer, as she believes that any other hurdles pale in comparison after facing a breast cancer diagnosis.
“So when faced with any challenge now, I just ask myself the question “Why not? What’s the worst that could happen?” 9 times out of 10, the answer to that question is never quite as bad as having a cancer diagnosis, so I just give things a go.”
While taking a year out from work to receive breast cancer treatment, Diana wanted to relieve some of the day-to-day stresses in her life. By striking a better work-life balance, she was able to spend more time with her family and friends, while giving herself the best chance of gaining her health back. Spending more time at home also meant that Diana was able to welcome a new addition to the family: her dog!
Diana believes it’s the strong female role models in her professional career that have shaped the woman she is.
“I’ve had a couple of female role models in my own business career; women who were more senior to me at the time who coached and develop me as an individual.”
In the world of business, Diana is an admirer of Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop. The environmental and social responsibilities that shape the core of the business are what Diana believes made Anita so successful, as she’s developed a model based on values. For those looking to make significant changes in their professional life, too, Diana offers four pieces of advice:
• Believe you can do it.
• Believe in your idea.
• Believe that you and your idea are worth it.
• Find yourself a mentor or someone you can chew the cud with.
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