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Cheryl tells us how she stays passionate and motivated every day.

What do you think is the key to success?  

Success comes from creating more happy memories than lasting regrets. I’ve also acquired a stronger appreciation for the small things.

What do you love about this stage of your life?

It’s the freedom to care more about liking our own choices and less about what others think. Although it can be difficult at times to walk your own path, it is utterly liberating. I ask myself, “What were you waiting for all those years?”

What motivates you?

My life has been shaped by a valuable lesson I was gifted at a young age. I competed for a place in the choir at my high school and when I failed, the director turned to me and said, “You did a great job, however it wasn’t better than her. You needed to surpass her to replace her. You could have done that. You choose a song that was better for her — not you.”

It took me a few years to realise the significance of his words. Since then, I make sure I am my most authentic, best self and remember that the only competition I’ll ever truly have is me.

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