On a first glance, she could easily pass off as an up-beat fashion model, but beneath the first impression lies a strong and level-headed achiever. Advocate Shikhani Shah (a BMS, LLB and Diploma in Cyber Law) deserves to be the WOW Woman for us.
She’s a criminal lawyer, sports person, fashionista and more. Her bubbly persona has no hidden agenda. She loves the fine things in life – be it brands, travelling to exotic cities and of course learning more to enhance her people management skills. She confesses that she is, “an adventure freak who wouldn’t follow the mob but be a trend-setter”. Shikhani also strongly believes in the Karmic law of doing ‘good deeds’ to get the good coming back to you.
Over to her, to get an insight into what ticks this bundle-of-joy to make a super success of her life?
What do you consider the main achievements in your life?
Truly, I feel am blessed to be the progeny of my parents, they have always been open-minded to success and have trusted my instincts. Had it not been for their penultimate support, I wouldn’t have managed to carve a niche in all what I have aspired or achieved.
My parents have instilled fine moralistic values right from childhood. Today, they are proud and unrelenting to be known as my parents.
What qualities do Women need to imbibe within themselves to be more Empowered and successful in life?
My fundamentals have been strong and level-headed always. I believe that behind every strong independent woman, stands a little girl who has forged ahead on the success ladder with her own merit, grit and achieved glory. It’s best to achieve success with high self-esteem rather than being dependant on others to push you up and place you on a high pedestal.
My message for women who want to carve a niche is – Stop depending on anyone for anything. Life is a battlefield and IT’S YOU Versus YOU!!
Once you instil your innate self-confidence, the battle is won.
What drives you to be at the Top of your Game? What are your success strategies?
Live life queen size while building your own Empire and not having a King for that. Be the Queen of your own kingdom, set your own rules, be the Change.
Have you dealt with failure? If so, how did you overcome it and resurge when all the chips were down?
Failure is a part of success and yes, I have experienced failure when I was an athlete. I had the worst performance at the National Level when I represented Maharashtra. But my strong notion is that if you don’t fail, you would never learn what achieving success is all about. Failure teaches you the hardships to be successful and relish the fruits. Learn from your failure rather than sulk over the loss of not winning the game.
Is there a man who has played an instrumental role in your personal growth and success? Who are they and how did they influence you?
Of course, we all have men in our lives who have been our backbones. My Father and my uncle (Mamma) are two men I have always appreciated being there for me. Like most Dads, my Dad may not have been vocal about his love but his sacrifice has made me what I am today.
My Uncle (Mamma) has been more than a father figure to my life. Our family bonding is also strong and we stand by each other whenever required. With their constant support, the road to success is smoother.
Which 3 Indian women have inspired you in your life and why?
I wouldn’t go around harping about women who have made it big when the inspiration started from home.
My Mother has been my world, my universe and the main reason of my existence. She is the gratifying energiser to make me what I am today. Without her undying support, I would have never achieved all that I have. Her nine-months of prayers and karmic deeds have blessed me to be an achiever today.
My Grandmom (Naani) – She is the one who taught me the first walking step of my life. I have been told she had tears rolling out when I walked without support. My first word I spoke was all thanks to her. My Naani has always been there for me from my toddler days to my teens.
My aunts – They always made sure I get the best of education and lifestyle even when my parents couldn’t afford it. They considered me as their own daughter and made sure I was raised in a comfortable atmosphere.
Which causes related to Women would you like to support?
As a criminal defence lawyer, I would support women trafficking and atrocities against women whole-heartedly. Women are not weak, they just need to revitalise the ‘Maata’ spirit within them.
3 tips to Women to be successful in life
- You Deserve The Best.
- Never settle for anything less than what you deserve.
- I AM, WHAT I AM! – Never try to be someone else just to please someone. You are a Limited Edition, like me or lump it.