While they are not necessarily more talented than the majority, they always find a way to maximize their potential. They get more out of themselves. They use what they have more effectively.
The align themselves with like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team. They create win-win relationships.
They innovate rather than imitate.
They don’t procrastinate and they don’t spend their life waiting for the ‘right time’.
They are life-long learners.
They are happy to take the road less travelled.
They are adaptable and embrace change.
They have a big engine. They work hard and are not lazy.
They don’t hang out with toxic people.
They set high standards for themselves, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and better results.
They don’t rationalise failure, they find ways to succeed despite all their challenges
Night Market – Luang Prabang, Laos
Hmong Woman selling at the Night Market in Luang Prabang, Laos
Another Hmong Woman Selling Handmade Items at the Night Market, Luang Prabang, Laos.
The Night Market in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Luang Prabang is one of the primary tourist attractions for this remote and tranquil city. Here, women assemble their pitch every single evening to sell their handmade goods to tourists from all over the world. What started out as a small collection of stalls of Hmong women (an ethnic minority in Laos) has grown to around 500+ stalls. The entire main road in Luang Prabang is closed every afternoon and evening to accommodate this fascinating market.
There is a very low hum at the market, befitting the quiet and laid-back traits of the Lao people. The women of the market can be found quietly gossiping with their stall neighbours, feeding their young babies and sharing dinner with children.
The Night Market has provided an opportunity for women in Luang Prabang to earn money ,to provide for their families as well as offering the chance to socialise with their neighbours.
These women spend their days making their wares, sourcing materials, dragging other family members into the production process along with the daily tasks of running their home and providing for their family. In the late afternoon they arrive at the centre of the small city by all manner of means, often reflecting the relative economic status of their households – by foot, by scooter, by tuk-tuk and one, I saw, by car.
These women work hard but the rewards are variable, as my interviews revealed. A lot hinges on education, capacity and opportunity but no-one can doubt the tenacity and dedication these women have for their work.