With a background in finance, Helen Chik took a risk when she changed tack and embraced a creative career in digital publishing. The self-taught blogger soon discovered that if you work hard and stay true to your vision then great personal rewards will follow.
What do you think has been the secret to your success?
Having a strong work ethic and knowing that nothing comes easy. I’ve had to work hard to teach myself in this industry – photography, videography and editing – but I do believe that when you put your mind to something, anything is achievable. If you keep that work ethic front of mind, then you’ll always hold yourself accountable for everything you do.
Why do you think it’s important that women support and mentor other women?
I went to an all-girls school so the whole girl power message has always been drilled into me, and for the good. I think women are great sounding boards for your ideas; we are quite emotional in terms of how we react to things, so it’s beneficial to share your experiences with another woman. I’ve found having an older mentor can put perspective on things, too.
Name the women who inspire you most?
My mentoring started early – when I was at high school I had a wonderful maths tutor, the most intelligent woman I have ever met. She taught me a lot of life lessons, mainly that if I put in the time and effort then anything was possible.
What is your advice for young women at the beginning of their career?
Work hard and be open to new experiences and meeting new people. For a while I struggled finding the motivation to work at the weekend and in the evenings, but if I hadn’t dedicated that time then I wouldn’t be where I am today. I made a point of reaching out to people in my industry, and they have all been helpful, providing me with great guidance. Also, I believe in always asking for feedback. Seek it out, even if it’s hard to hear, those words are invaluable.
What sentiment or life motto is your trademark?
Live the life you want not the life that is expected of you. I grew up in a fairly conservative Chinese family and I came to the realisation that life is too short not to go your own way. Stop worrying about what others expect of you because you have a responsibility to find your own happiness.