Session: Saying Yes to Things That Stretch You
I had to adopt a “never fear what you don’t know” attitude. First, when my family fled from Tajikistan to the U.S. and I was forced to learn a new language and culture. We had very few possessions—only what we could carry—and very little money. I began working at 13. I lied about my age on the application. I had to.
In college, I decided to study computer science without knowing anything about computers. I took 18-21 credits per semester, took summer courses and worked full time. I earned my degree in three years instead of four. I had to.
I learned fast and it wasn’t easy, but I found success because in each new situation, I wasn’t intimidated by new information, new tools, new ideas. I refused to give up simply because I didn’t know something!
I found success because I was BRAVE enough to say YES to opportunities that landed in my lap and had the CONFIDENCE in myself to figure it out along the way.
- Never fear what you don't know
- Don't wait until you're "ready"
- Be brave to say YES
- No one knows all the answers
Nelly Yusupova is a CTO, with over 18 years experience, leading companies to technical excellence. She is a start-up tech advisor, outsourced CTO, and the creator of TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs.
Nelly is on a mission to help entrepreneurs minimize technology mistakes and through her online masterclass TechSpeak for Entrepreneurs, she provides the roadmap to successfully manage technology teams and projects, even if you are not technical or know how to code.
Nelly was included in Fast Company’s, “League of Extraordinary Women”, and has been at the forefront of the women’ s movement online since 1999. She was also named Wall Street Journal’s “Woman on the IT Fast Track”.
Nelly is a speaker and presenter for many organizations and major industries events including: Women’s Enterprise Center, Founder Institute, Saas Academy, Black is Tech, GSV Bootcamp, WeWork Labs, TechDay, FastTrac NewVentures, Womens’ Venture Summit, Small Business Summit and has been featured in INC Magazine, NBC Today Show, Fast Company Magazine, NewsDay.com, O’Reilly, SmartMoney, SmallBiz, TechRepublic, Women’s Radio.