Where are you settling for less?
Carrying the weight of family expectation can be an enormous load to carry, for any child. Whether those expectations are high or low, they lead to assumptions that determine the behaviours, beliefs and values of the growing child, particularly if that young person perceives those expectations to be of limitation rather than ambition.
At the moment where everything changed for Heather, she was watching the renowned movie of the road trip taken by Thelma and Louise. And as she listened, she became aware of six words that were to change the trajectory of her own beliefs and values for the next thirty plus years:
You get what you settle for.
Those six words quickly gave Heather the permission, that she didn’t even know she needed, to check in with herself about what was acceptable in her life, and what had to change. It’s a process that she has adopted throughout her extensive leadership career, and personal life. She shares how a further significant influence, the serenity prayer, has helped her to navigate the balance between having the courage to consciously change the things she can’t accept, the serenity to consciously accept what can’t be changed, and the wisdom to know the difference.
In this deeply honest and personal conversation, Heather Anstey-Myers shares her story of navigating a challenging childhood, and how the lessons she learned have impacted her leadership career, since discovering she alone had the power to change in her 20’s.
This episode is for anyone who is tired of settling for less than they really want and would like to learn how to make better, conscious choices to change or surrender.
MORE ABOUT MY GUEST: HEATHER ANSTEY-MYERS
Heather Anstey-Myers is CEO of Manufacturing Wales and Interim Chief Executive of Business News Wales. In addition to being a former senior public servant, Heather was previously Chief Exec of Chambers Wales (part of the British Chambers of Commerce) and also the CEO of the widely acclaimed Abergavenny Food Festival - one of the biggest food events in the UK. Widely recognised as one of the most influential business voices in Wales, Heather is one of the leading commentators and a strong articulate business voice who speaks up for the needs of SME's in Wales.
Heather’s full bio and contact details can be found on her personal guest page.
ABOUT YOUR HOST: SUE REVELL
Sue is on a mission to STOP women playing small so that they can create the legacy they want to leave in the world. With over 30 years coaching and leadership experience, Sue loves nothing more than disrupting the unhelpful thinking that often holds women back, so that they can think, dream and BE bigger in leading the change they want to see. Coaching internationally, Sue’s clients are primarily world-changing women who want to lead with confidence, increase their impact and live a life that matters.
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Heather Anstey-Myers is the CEO of Manufacturing Wales. This is an industry-led collaborative consortium is at the heart of efforts to support Welsh manufacturers in creating supply chain resilience, maximising procurement opportunities, promoting the world-class credentials of the country’s manufacturing sector and connecting industry to academia.
Heather is also the Interim CEO of Business News Wales, Wales’ fastest growing publisher. An unique digital solution covering 12 industry sectors. A dedicated business news channel with no political views or editorial agenda, just a genuine passion to support the Welsh economy.
Heather is an active member of the Board of Pitch ands Co, a Welsh company built on years of experience of making proposals and pitch’s for contracts and investments compelling and convincing. Bringing her experience of the Welsh SME community to help them scale and grow by gaining new contracts and winning investment.
In 2021, Heather stepped down as CEO of Chambers Wales (British Chambers of Commerce). At Chambers Wales, she led an enormous transformation to inject a commercial culture and refocus on customer-led market demand and provided expert international trade services to better support Welsh SMEs. She also ensured industry had a voice that could influence the most senior decision-makers on economic, business and international trade policy.
She was previously CEO of the widely acclaimed Abergavenny Food Festival - one of the biggest food events in the UK - where she delivered an award-winning showcase for the Welsh food and drink sector.
She has also worked as a senior local authority public servant, leading organisational change, scrutinising decision-making and, being a Chartered Town Planner by trade, delivering a range of building restoration and civil engineering projects.
Named as being one of most influential business voices in Wales, Heather is one of the leading commentators and a strong articulate business voice who speaks up for the needs of SME's in Wales.