Show NotesFWEP0001 Do not be fooled by Genecia’s impeccable appearance. Have been crowned as Miss Singapore and Miss Singapore International, many are quick to think Genecia was born with a silver spoon. However, behind this beautiful face there is a hardworking and self-sacrificing woman in power. This young lady had it all, but easy. As a teenager she was forced to put herself through her education by teaching an array of wellness classes such as: yoga, aerobics and line dancing.
These years of hardship molded her and lead her to become the founder of Soul Rich Woman, where she educates and elevates women to realize their highest power.
Interviewer: Elena Cardone
The architect behind many of Grant Cardone Enterprises’ ventures, Elena is an experienced business woman, entrepreneur and investor with her and Grant’s influence felt with Cardone Capital which is closing in on 5,000 units under management with a real estate portfolio valued at $1 billion.
Connect with Elena Cardone: https://elenacardone.com/about/
FWEP0001 Not Everything Is As It Seems - Women in Power Singapore with Genecia Alluora In this episode, let me encourage you as a former Miss Singapore and Southeast Asia Woman of Excellence in 2010; and founder of Soul Rich Woman, the number one female entrepreneur network in Southeast Asia that connects more than 12,000 women across the region, with presence in 7 countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia.
At an early age of 14 I have learned to face challenges and took on responsibilities due to life’s circumstances.
(3:33)“A lot of people thought that when I was Ms. Singapore they think that I was born with a silver spoon. But it did not start that way I had to support myself through school since I was 14 years old, teaching Yoga, aerobics and line dancing through my school years so I put myself through college I put myself through university so it was really tough.”
Due to a financial crisis, I had to step up and think of ways to support myself and my family. I had to do sacrifices to make it through in life.(4:06)“At that time my dad lost everything due to the financial crisis.
(4:20) Because of that I had to come up and do my own stuff and I think that has really molded me through my years and then after that I became an occupational therapist.
(4:53) Back then I was the youngest instructor in Singapore and then I went on to do classes but it was not easy because when I’m seeing other girls doing things in their free time they are going to the movie, going for shopping and then I’m working after school.”
What I experienced during my teenage years gave me a better perspective on influence and how it can be used to empower others.(5:47) “I’ve come along way with my experiences, now it’s time to share and shortcut other woman's journey and empower others because empowered women empower others.
(6:45) After that I took on these skills, I went on to coach and mentor many women to transform their confidence from being ugly duckling to be more confident and become the better version of themselves.”
The motivation to change
As I moved up the ladder and gained success, I realized I needed more freedom and not be bound by time and money.(6:56)“Because I went through that transformation myself too. That movement actually gave me the confidence to do more in my life. In 2012-2013 I told myself I’m no longer going to trade time for money because as an image consultant you work you get paid when you stop working you don’t get paid. So I said I want to move this online.”
Process of growth
You need to expand and broaden your horizons to progress in life. You need to invest in yourself too.(7:21) “So I went through a process seeking mentors, looking for coaches to coach me on the process spent hundreds and thousands of dollars looking for resources to grow my knowledge.
(7:38)I worked my way up then I took my vision of helping more women to be more confident and then I started a platform called “You are possible academy” because I launched my own book in 2013, it’s about personal branding then after that I went online.”
A heart for womenDespite the success that I attained there was still something missing, I felt like I wasn’t where I was supposed to be.(8:25) “During this whole period my heart has always been with the women even though I was doing the retail business. It was tough, because there was a calling at the back of my head like “Genecia you gotta do this” you can’t just give up the women and just do a coffee retail chain. Move up and do more.”
Stepping stone (11:15) “You know back then, I was bullied I was really bullied by mean girls in school. You know I was poor, I really didn’t have any money to change my bag or even to change my clothes besides my school clothes.”
I faced the roadblocks in my life. From adjusting to our family’s financial situation to being bullied at school and doing jobs while studying. These situations could have hindered me, but instead of viewing them as stumbling blocks I used them as stepping stones to reaching my dreams.
- Success is not determined by financial status.
- Life’s changes should not stop you from pursuing your dreams.
- Keep learning, keep growing.
- Do not give up on what you are most passionate about.
- Roadblocks are stepping stones.
Twitter: (@GeneciaAlluora) Check Genecia’s LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/genecia/
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