By Huda Heidi Kattan

Hi guys!!! Today I had the most amazing experience!! I got to speak at Zayad University of TED Women Dubai! I was really honored to speak at such an amazing event!! Donna Karen and Sarah Jessica Parker were speakers at TED in the states! I told my story of how I started my career in beauty! I want to share my speech with you guys! It’s kind of long, but I hope you all find it inspiring!! It was really adorable!! I got to meet so many fans and they were so sweet!! Love you all so much!!

“I would like to consider myself an extremely modern woman, not because I always need to have the latest gadgets or because I tweet or I use Bing, and definitely not because I know the lyrics to the most downloaded tracks on the internet. No!  I am a modern woman because I understand that with respect, integrity, and persistence I am able to achieve absolutely anything.

For those of you who know me, I’m a Hollywood trained makeup artist, and I am a beauty blogger. Now it might seem funny, that I am here as a makeup artist speaking at a University, when my career has nothing to do with education. That’s not to say I don’t have an education, I have one. But I chose to pursue a career beauty. Why? Because it made me feel fulfilled. Which is something Finance could never do for me.

Now it wasn’t all peaches and cream all the time

When I decided to start my career in makeup it was one of the riskiest things I had set out to do in my life, but for some reason, it felt so right. I felt this level of comfort, like I knew exactly what I was doing, even though I had no plan, no money, no idea how to get started, I felt like I was doing the right thing. I knew one thing, My previous job in the DIFC, which payed extremely well, left me feeling unhappy and just tired. There was no spice in my life and that was what I was searching for.

My whole college career consisted of making calculated decisions, doing the absolute best in my classes and making sure my curricular activities were completely full. I did everything I could to make sure that when I left university my CV would be incomparable to any out there for fresh grads, I did an internship, I was an honors student at an outstanding universities in the states, I helped found and was president of the largest student organization in the business school, I was PR Director for the largest honors society on campus, and I was the speaker at my graduation. I did everything I thought needed to be done to be successful. Funny, how a big part of success is happiness, and I somehow forgot that most important ingredient.

For most people, it might make complete sense for someone to go study makeup, but if you knew me while I was in university, If you knew how hard I worked, it might sound crazy that I would invest so much into my education and into my CV, and then leave to Hollywood to pursue a career in Beauty. But to me, I wasn’t throwing away my college education, because I am not just a makeup artist, I am beauty professional who is creating a beauty empire. And all the education, mentoring, after school projects, all of those things are helping me create that empire.

Now when I left to Hollywood, I had little experience in working for myself. I knew it was risky. I was no longer going to work for someone else. There would be no security. But when I left and I when I decided to do what I love, my life changed. I became a more passionate person. You could feel my energy. I would always ask everyone what do you love to do? And they would look at me like, are you saying I should do what I love? It’s not what we’re taught, is it? We’re taught to be secure, go to school, study, work, work hard, work for a corporation and climb up the corporate ladder. For any of you who may have read Rich Dad Poor Dad, one of the things the author says in the book is you don’t go up the corporate ladder, that’s tradition, no! You buy the ladder.  it’s my belief, that if you can buy the ladder, great. But if you can’t, you build your ladder, but what you don’t do, you don’t climb up someone else’s ladder. Especially if the reason is you feel it’s the easy way out.

What we need is a sense of fulfillment. Nothing can replace being fulfilled. Imagine waking up with a sense of purpose every single day. Being fulfilled means that you truly feel you are doing something that you are happy doing. The minute you decide to do what you love to do, you have made a life plan for yourself, and a career choice. But what you also do, is inspire everyone around you. When I decided to change my career, my friends around me were very much influenced by the passion they could feel radiate from me. My Best Friend recently decided to leave her very secure job to pursue a career in photography. I have never seen her more secure than now. She is so happy and her outlook on life has literally become even more positive than before. Why? Because she’s feels happy.

I’m not saying quite your studies, and become a makeup artist or photographer, no! We need people who work in settings like Finance, and Accounting, but if you are going to do a job in that industry, pursue it because you love it! And Love whatever you do! If love to cook, please I would love to come to your restaurant, if you want to become a an artist, I would love to visit your gallery, if you want to become a doctor, please help the children of this world, if you want to become a teacher, build a relationship with the those you teach and truly inspire them.  You owe it to this world, we all do! As members of this universe to pursue with our entire soul, and every beat of our heart what we love to do.

I want to ask you. What would science be today without Albert Einstien? or Art without Leonardo Da Vinci? What about Music, What would Pop Music be without Michael Jackson? create your own Mona Lisa and share it with the world.

I would like to share with you a quote that you have all heard, but it holds a lot of meaning and truth. It was written by Marianne Williamson and used by Nelson Mendela in his Inaugral Speech

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Thank you very much for your time today. I look forward to seeing you all very successful and fulfilled in the very near future.”