858: Change Your Perception With Janan Sarwar

Janan Sarwar is a dynamic entrepreneur, pharmacist, publishing professional, and mother of three lovely girls in858: Change Your Perception With Janan Sarwar Louisville, KY. She is the founder of the company Global Bookshelves International, an independent publishing house focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion in content and voices from around the world. Global Bookshelves International was inspired by her eldest daughter, Leena, and her children’s storytelling podcast Salaam Storytime.  Janan actively serves as a publisher medical content writer, pharmacy career coach, and publisher. She is passionate about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, speaking, writing, and connecting with others on these topics.

Janan shares how changing her perception of herself increased her confidence.  She shared how that led her to become the trailblazer that she is today.  Check out her episode to listen to her story.


Janan Sarwar is the founder of Global Bookshelves International.

Cultural Background

Janan is of Bengali descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

The world is a vehicle for you. If you drive it, it will deliver you to your destination. If it drives you, you will be destroyed.

The world is a vehicle for you. If you drive it, it will deliver you to your destination. If it drives you, you will be destroyed.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self-confidence is comparing yourself to your own benchmarks.  It is being able to trust in yourself, in your decisions and sharing the unique perspective that you have.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Janan felt scared to speak up.  She felt like she had to know the “right” answer and go to sources to find it.

The “AHA” Moment

Being limited by her unique experience, Janan finally felt empowered by it. It took someone else, who saw her in the perspective of being someone who followed her own path.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Janasn shares her opinions and perspectives, even when she is not sure if it is 100% right.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Know who you are. There is a quote Janan read recently – if you know yourself, then you will not be harmed by what is said about you. So many of us swim in this imposter syndrome sea of self-doubt, self-criticism of where we are expected to be in our lives – let go of that. It goes back to self-confidence of having a perception of who you are beyond what defines you outwardly.

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