Rashim Mogha - Mindful and Tough

What are your “and” words and why? Mindful and Tough: I believe in the power of positivity. I believe in being a mindful leader. I embarked on the journey to mindfulness a few years ago after being burnt out in a senior leadership role. It has helped me become a better leader and inspire my teams to be rockstars... A simple “thank you,” a positive statement like “we can do it” can make a huge change in the mindset and set us and our teams up for success. Having realized the benefits of mindfulness and positive affirmations, I created 5 Alexa skills which are available for free on Amazon for people to enable and use.

Being a woman of color, I have had a fair share of struggles in carving out a leadership career in the tech space and being tough, being resilient, and mentally strong has helped me in the journey.

What you are known for saying / a quote from you. What does this quote mean to you, (or if it’s from someone else, why does it inspire you)? “Every problem has a solution that can be converted into an executable plan.” This is what I say often and truly believe in. When I talk about the power of positivity, it is not that just by saying positive things, problems will get resolved. It’s about saying positive things, so that your mind gets conditioned to understand that there is a way out, that there is a solution that exists, and that we have the power to execute on the solution. Be it personal or professional situations, I always look at difficult situations as – we know we have a problem, and just crying and repeating the problem again and again is not going to solve the problem. So, let’s look at what our viable solutions are, what our options are, and let’s create a plan to solve the problem.

Which other Ladybadasses inspire you and why? Hands down, my mom. She was studying to be a doctor when she found out that she was pregnant. She let go of her dream to have me. Many people know that I ran away from an arranged marriage in India to find my American dream. I couldn’t have done that if my mom wouldn’t have stood like a rock by my side. She stood up against my dad and the society to support me. She was and still is pretty badass!

When did you first realize that you had some Ladybadassery in you? I come from a Rajput family with roots in royal lineage where girls had no choice in whom they were married to. The pressure on me to get married started right after I got a job at NIIT. I was in my early twenties then. I knew that I wanted to live life on my terms so I escaped the arranged marriage. It took a lot of courage and a lot of resilience. It was me against the family and community. Having been through months of that ordeal was a constant motivator for me to carve out a successful leadership career in the tech industry in Silicon Valley. The experience inspired me to empower women today through my book, “Fast-Track Your Leadership Career” and  the eWOW(empowered Women of the World) initiative.

What keeps you motivated on days when you aren't quite feeling like a Ladybadass? Not all days are great days… and that’s when practicing mindfulness is extremely helpful. I remind myself how grateful I am for my two wonderful kids, my husband and my family. On these days, I look at all the wonderful women who I have been able to inspire, and it suddenly puts the things into perspective. It gives meaning to my life.

What is your advice to other women who are trying to tap into their Ladybadassery? A few things actually:

o   Don’t let anyone ever tell you that you are not good enough! You have been with yourself the longest and only you know your true worth. You are strong and can achieve whatever you set your mind to.

o   Don’t wait too long. Don’t postpone. If you want to be an entrepreneur, learn something new, take a promotion, say yes to an opportunity, do it now. Today is as good as any other day and the time is right.

o   Know that there will be critics and it will be lonely. But you have the power to win and be successful.

o   Be kind to yourself. Don’t be hard on yourself. Keep a victories log… write 3 victories/successes every day. It really helps to read that log when you feel lonely or have a bad day.

o   Be grateful and give back. There will be many who will support you in your journey. Be grateful to them and let them know that you appreciate them. And make sure that you help others who need you. There is no bigger joy than giving back!

Rashim is the Senior Director, Product Management at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.