Ee Ling Lim is the CEO of Smarter Me which is an education platform whose purpose is to inspire kids to discover, grow and live their passion. Our mission is to be a global school that equips children with the skillset, mindset and heartset to define their own success in the future. Above all , we want to help kids understand themselves – their What, How and Why. Her vision is to be a global school that empowers children and teens with the skillset, mindset and heartset to define their own success in the future world. In her previous life, Ee Ling was an Investment Banker with almost a decade of experience in M&A, equity and debt capital markets.
Ee Ling shares how she is able to bounce back better to have the confidence to be the successful entrepreneur that she is today. Check out her episode to listen to her story.
Ee Ling Lim is the CEO of Smarter Me.
Ee Ling is of Malaysian and Chinese descent.
Favorite Self Confidence Quote
If you’re going to dream, dream big. Don’t let the world’s skepticism stop you from dreaming. Eliminate the word “But” from your mind.
Definition of Self Confidence
Self confidence to is knowing your strengths and being proud of them, not looking at someone else’s and wishing you had those. Yet at the same time being brave enough to be vulnerable and open about your weaknesses, instead of hiding them and hoping no one would find out for fear of being judged.
Self confidence to is not how one looks on the outside, but it is believing in yourself deep down inside, and knowing that you are enough.
Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence
Despite being a leader since Ee Ling’s schooling days, she used to always feel self-conscious. She was worried she was being too bossy, too controlling, too demanding, too much of a perfectionist. She suffered in school, feeling that she wasn’t liked.
During her banking days, she always attributed her success to luck. She felt blessed, for the opportunities that she had been given, and she didn’t really dare take credit.
After Ee Ling quit to start up Smarter Me, she then met with another wave of insecurities. She had never planned on being an entrepreneur. Since young, she has proclaimed that she is just book smart, and she is not street smart. And right before and even after, she wasn’t comfortable even calling herself an entrepreneur. She felt like a fraud, an imposter.
The “AHA” Moment
Ee Ling had 2 AHA moments. The first was when someone alluded to her success in banking being due to her being close to her boss and her being one of the rare women in finance. It made her realize that, no matter how hard she works to get to where she is, there will always be naysayers – and she has to be the one believing in herself.
Her second AHA moment is her little girl. She’s smart, witty but lacks self confidence. And the spurred her on 2 parts, one is that she felt that if she wasn’t even confident about herself and how could she help her daughter.
Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence
Ee Ling is able to bounce back better from challenges. She is still on a learning journey herself and she is still not 100% confident all the time. She has to hype up things and self-motivate.
But she is more in control now, and she is much more open about her fears and concerns, about herself, with others
The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener
Identify what makes you lose confidence in yourself – what makes you self-doubt, what makes you jealous or feel inferior, and then remove those from your life. Instagram / twitter / LinkedIn / toxic people.
At the same time, identify your own strengths, truly understand and embrace them, and hone them. Don’t try to be someone you’re not.
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