“It’s never too late to start over again..”
Please introduce yourself to our readers.
I am Hanan Alhabeeb, 33 years old, an international certified trainer and member in many centers such as Canada Global Centre for Consulting and Training, Innovation Dome for Consulting and Training in Jordan, Kuwait Trainer Academy and World Trainers Club. I’m also a certified trainer in VI Markets Company in Kuwait.
Tell us about your education.
After leaving senior high school in 2002, I continued my studies in the TNI (Telecommunication and Navigation Institute) majoring in electronic engineering (2007). I also have a university degree in Business Management (2016) from Applied Science University.
Tell us about your career journey.
I worked in the Commercial Bank of Kuwait since 2007, reaching the position of Acting Branch Manager. However, in 2015, I suffered a health issue (incorrect eye surgery) so I was outside of Kuwait (in Spain) for almost a year. That was the transformation point in my life. Even with the corrective surgery in Spain, my vision was not perfect enough for my banking career so I decided to quit and start over again somewhere else. But back then I didn’t know what I wanted to do, so I took many courses in different subjects to develop myself. Suddenly, during one of the training courses, I saw myself as a couch, so I took the TOT (Training of Trainers) course to be a professional certified trainer. From there, I saw my career path and knew exactly what I was good at and what I was passionate about. I registered for the initiative of the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs and was selected from the one hundred Kuwaitis who were chosen. That was the start of my career as a certified trainer.
How do you manage your time? Describe your average day.
I usually start my day at 8am when I sit down and plan the day. I jot down the tasks I have to complete and prioritize them depending on their urgency and importance. I check my emails and calendar and try to make plans such as meeting or training courses, reviewing the status of the projects that I’m currently working on. I try to finish any pending work, so I can increase my pace and can be more productive throughout the day.
What is your biggest strength?
I’m ambitious and proactive. I have always set myself goals and it motivates me to work hard. I have achieved my goals so far with my training, education and work experience. When I think about things, I do them, and I’m always looking for ways to improve myself and to grow.
Do you have any weaknesses?
I have two great weaknesses. The first is my inability to share responsibilities. The second is my delegation skills. I am always so concerned about everything being done right and on time that I can get stuck in the mentality of ‘If you want it done right, do it yourself’. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible and I’ve realized that I can slow things down if I am too controlling.
Have you made any mistakes that have made you stronger?
Yes, my decision to have eye surgery was my biggest mistake ever. Because of it I became a different person who thinks a lot and does excessive research before making any decisions.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced during your career?
When the management of the bank gave me a new position as an officer with huge responsibility and authorization (despite my young age and my few years of experience). It was the biggest challenge I had ever faced because of the risk of the position and the responsibility of the staff under me.
How do you stay motivated during challenging times?
By accepting the situation as it is rather than fighting or resisting it. Also, taking responsibility by focusing on what I can control rather than what I cannot. This lets me appreciate myself more and gives me the power to continue.
What do you do to relax?
Some may find it strange, but mostly when I’m nervous I play puzzle games or solve crime cases on my tablet. Sometimes I just take a walk with Marcus (my dog).
What has been your proudest moment so far?
My proudest moments ever are when I receive feedback or comments from the people I have trained saying how I touched their lives by changing their path or vision. This always gives me the power and resoluteness to continue what I do.
What is your biggest fear?
To lose the people I love.
What is your favourite quote?
Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t.
Name one item in life you can’t do without?
My smart phone
What’s the best advice you have ever taken?
It’s never too late to start over again, it’s always too late to wait.
Share three books on your nightstand.
Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown)
Training The Best Dog Ever (Larry Kay)
Bringing Out The Best In People (Aubrey C. Daniels)
In your opinion, what are the three keys to success?
– Surround yourself with the right people
– Make yourself as useful as possible
– Believe you can reach your goals
What is next for you? What would you still like to achieve?
Let me start by saying that I’m really passionate about what I do. It is great to mentor others and touch their lives. In the future, I see myself as the owner of a training and consulting center, arranging social events for society and non-profit programs for students and disabled people. Now it’s a goal but I hope, in the future, it will become a reality.
What advice would you give to young women starting out in their career?
Be yourself and love what you do. Challenge yourself and enjoying the challenge. Take opportunities even if you feel you are not ready, even if it scares you. Some of the best advice I ever received was ‘fake it until you make it’. Do not over-prepare, over-think or over-analyze every opportunity otherwise it will be gone. Sometimes the best way to learn and get the experience is to just jump in and do it and soon your career will become a part of you.
How does it feel to be a CP Woman of Substance?
I was surprised, flattered and excited. It was a pleasure that CP Magazine selected me as one of the inspiring women for this year. I feel honored and really appreciate the confidence you have shown in me.
Your message for the team at CP magazine:
Thank you for including my name in your magazine. I appreciate your willingness to publish my career path and the importance of the training. I feel passionately about the stand I have taken and am grateful to you for allowing me to introduce myself in your respected magazine. Again, I thank you for this opportunity.