My Working Day – Angelee Rathor – Founder of Seven Travel
As the leader of a company, you are there to set an example, to lead and inspire a team of individuals to achieve a series of business goals. But how do these business leaders go about their daily routine? Business Leader spoke to Angelee Rathor, Founder of Seven Travel, about her working day.
What time do you wake up?
I’m an early riser and often feel most productive in the morning. I like to get up around 6:30 am to really seize the day.
What do you have for breakfast?
I practice intermittent fasting, so I start my day with a cup of tea. If I was having my favourite breakfast, it would be fresh berries, yoghurt and granola.
What is your mantra for your working day?
Success comes to those that dare to dream, to those with a mindset to succeed. It doesn’t come knocking at your door and you can’t wait for it to happen – you have to go and get it. Success is the only option and truly comes from hard work.
As a business leader, is it hard to separate your business and personal life?
It’s a constant challenge, but at the same time, I believe I’m teaching my children what it is to dream, to work hard and succeed. As for my husband, I couldn’t do it without him. He’s so supportive and motivating and I always make sure we have time together. Time really is a commodity you can’t put a price on.
What advice would you give to aspiring female entrepreneurs?
Make a plan, be agile, be realistic and be strong. You have to believe in yourself for people to believe in you. Once you have that nailed, go for it!
Who is your business idol? Why?
I feel people in business are always inspired by those closest to them. For me, that would be my father and my business partner, Bal, for their relentless ambition and drive. I also really admire Jaqueline Gold and Karren Brady for being really influential women in business.
What motivates you?
Achieving my goals and building a successful long-term business.
How do you persevere through challenging times?
I’m naturally a positive person, always trying to find a solution to the problem rather than let the problem get to me. The single biggest challenge has been the coronavirus pandemic. It gave me many sleepless nights as I felt a huge responsibility to look after and safeguard my small, loyal team. It was also a lonely time as a leader and challenging to find or see what the solution could be in this scenario as the situation was so unknown. But as success is the only option (my mantra), I managed to navigate my way out to the other side and appreciate my team even more.
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a female entrepreneur?
To be taken seriously as a leader. I started my first business at the age of 32, the diversity of my ethnicity and being a woman meant I was often fighting my way through to get my voice heard. I’m very proud of my heritage and I hope I can be inspiring for other girls like me who may find the rise slightly trickier.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
This came from Bal, my business partner and investor. He has always said, “think big Angelee, don’t let your mindset be a hindrance. Aim for the stars.”
Are you hopeful about the future of female entrepreneurship in the UK? Why?
I’m hopeful for the future of female entrepreneurs globally, not just in the UK. I think all women should be judged on their business acumen and not their gender. It’s about stepping up and stepping forward and ultimately comes down to believing in yourself.