Priyanka Chopra – the name needs no introduction. The ambitious girl from Bareilly crossed all boundaries and obstacles to chase her dreams and to become who she is today. Miss World, a brilliant actor who surpassed boundaries to become the most prominent Indian name in Hollywood, a singer, winner of Popular Choice Awards for 2 consecutive years, UN ambassador and the list of her countless achievements goes on.
With so many feathers in her cap, PeeCee is a name synonymous to inspiration. In this majorly patriarch world, Priyanka fought for her rights, didn’t let the world demean her for being a women, didn’t compromise and never let any kind of her fear bring her down.
The actress was in Delhi on 26th December to deliver prestigious Penguin’s Annual Lecture that aims to “bring leading writers, artists, thinkers and key personalities from India and across the world in direct contact with audiences and admirers in India.” Priyanka Chopra didn’t fit the bill as she is not from literary and publishing field. This, of course led to grouses and noise but while speaking on the topic ‘Breaking the glass ceiling and chasing dreams’ Priyanka made some bang on statements instilled with inspiration.
Every girl’s attitude should be like this!
“When something I’ve invested my heart and soul, which I do with everything I put my mind to, if that fails I don’t just wallow in self pity… But then I get up, cry a little, dust myself off and dive straight back into life because the only way to push failure aside is to move ahead.”
How she succeeded in various ventures!
“I worked hard and squeezed every drop out of those opportunities.”
On how she made it big in Bollywood without any filmy connections:
“I am not someone who was born with a silver spoon, even though my parents always gave me one. But I have worked really hard to be where I am and each of us deserves to be compensated for it.”
On being the only woman in the Forbes list!
“Why aren’t there other females there on the list? Don’t get me wrong, I am very proud of myself that I had the ability to work so hard that I can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with my male counterparts today in the top 10 of India.”
On how women need to speak up and world should support them:
“I believe women are not victims but survivors. There should not be a world where women survive, there should be one where they thrive.”
Feminism is not superiority but equality and Priyanka truly understands that.
“I believe a lot of people still don’t understand the actual meaning of feminism. Feminism and empowerment are two words which people overuse, without even understanding the meaning properly.”
Girls are judged for being ambitious
“People are conditioned in a way that for them the only job a woman has is to give birth to babies or take care of the home. I am not denying that this is what makes women so special. We have this power to give life. But we are still judged for being ambitious. This kind of conditioning also stops girls from dreaming big. This is a disheartening situation.”
But the change movement is going on!
There is a long way to go, but we have also come a really long way. But now the difference I see is how empowered young India is. They don’t keep quiet any more. They would stand up against injustice. It is so empowering to see. India is one of the youngest nations in the world and the younger generation is so strong. It is really nice to see them at the forefront and raising their voice for equality.”
Last but not the least, here’s her 12 golden rules on how to break glass ceiling:
1) There is only one you
2) Let your dreams fly by being fearless. Recognise opportunities.
3) You have never arrived enough to explore new opportunities.
4) Be greedy, hungry for your ambitions. Don’t live on somebody else’s benchmarks.
5) Do not compromise. Do not settle on your dreams.
6) Fail, Fail, Fail again and rise like a phoenix.
7) Be bold and take these risks.
8) Surround yourself with the right people.
9) You can never please everyone all the time.
10) Dont take yourself too seriously. We are not making rockets. Have fun.
11) Give back. It starts with us.
12) Dont ever forget your roots and where you came from.