My Working Day – Mara Linn Becher – Project Manager for Funding Projects and Processes at H2FLY
As the leader of a company, you are there to set an example and 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? We spoke to Mara Linn Becher, Project Manager for Funding Projects and Processes at H2FLY, about her working day.
What time do you wake up?
I wake up bright and early around 6.30 am every morning.
What do you have for breakfast?
Muesli, yoghurt, some fruit and sometimes bread and vegetables.
What is your mantra for your working day?
It would be great if today changes something for the better but if not, I know it’s a step in the right direction towards change.
As a business leader, is it hard to separate your business and personal life?
Because I love what I do for a living, I never stop reading and learning something new so I can further my understanding.
What advice would you give to aspiring female entrepreneurs?
Ask yourself on a regular basis, if what you do is what you like or what you think you should like. Is it strategic or do you feel happy doing it? There’s nothing wrong if you decide it’s strategic, but I think you’re more likely to enjoy your work and do well if your work means something to you.
Who is your business idol? Why?
Women and men who stand up for what they think is right and important to our society. I look up to people who are authentic and push for fairness and equality. Equality, not just between women and men, but for those who are less educated and privileged.
What motivates you?
I am motivated by positive change. I enjoy seeing how the questions people ask, are changing society. I see the technological progress H2FLY and others achieve – all of that gives me hope that we can save our planet.
How do you persevere through challenging times?
I do yoga on a regular basis which is a good way to stay mentally and physically healthy. I am proud of my resilience and how I manage to push through challenging times. Even if I don´t want to, I know I can do that again. That gives me strength.
What are the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a female entrepreneur?
I have experienced hitting a glass ceiling before, which I know isn’t an uncommon experience for women. Nobody is telling you you can’t succeed but it still persists and can lead to uncertainty. Not knowing why it exists can be challenging.
What is the best piece of advice you have received?
Do not act impulsively when deciding on big changes.
Are you hopeful about the future of female entrepreneurship in Europe? Why?
The question of ‘why there should be more female entrepreneurs?’ is fading. We are struggling with the ‘how’. How can we support women of all ages to feel confident enough to risk something, without thinking they should adopt men´s behaviour?
In my opinion, people should leave biases and expectations regarding the roles of men, women and anyone non-binary behind and think about what we want society to look like moving forward.