By Community Contributor Suresh Bodiwala.
Posted on October 11, 2015 11:01 am
Chicago IL: Samina Baig is the first Pakistani woman to climb Mount Everest and the first Muslim to climb seven highest summits of the seven continents of the world, which is considered to be the Explorers’ Grand Slam “Samina represents the true face of ambitious global women, who are eager to come out of their shells and contribute their optimum best to create a better world. After Malala Yousufzai, Samina has emerged as another authentic role model not only for women in Pakistan but also for those from across the world”, opined Faisal Niaz Tirmizi, Consul General of Pakistan in Chicago.
“What this young girl has achieved, most cannot achieve in their lifetime”, he added.
Saman Muneeb, Vice Consul, while echoing the same sentiment, said that no career stream is either good or bad; if one is prepared to pay the exacting price by burning the midnight oil in his chosen field, success, fame, and other beneficial outcomes are bound to follow.
“Samina’s story is an inspiring example of successful career management”, she added.
Considering these rarest-of-the-rare achievements, Samina is in the spotlight. I had the privilege of interviewing her and it is my pleasure to share a few details about her multifaceted profile, exciting experiences, and noble thoughts about gender equality and women empowerment in Pakistan.
“My exposure to mountaineering has taught me that believing strongly in one’s core competencies, committing oneself to the established goals, trusting in team members, avoiding temptation to take too many risks, proceeding towards the goals at a moderate pace, identifying and attending even to the minutest details, cultivating mental toughness in the face of adversity, having abundance of patience and perseverance, and above all, keeping oneself up-to-date in respect of latest trends in training and development, are the preconditions for success.
Even though I picked up these principles during the course of my career as a mountaineer, they are universal in nature and hold good for achieving success in all walks of life.
[ … ] My brother is three-in-one for me; he is my coach, motivator, and manager-all rolled into one. Even though he was approximately 248 meters short from the summit of Everest, he let me go to it, on my own without his support, in order to justify my message that women can achieve their goals singlehandedly.”
– Samina Baig
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