“I do my best to start the day with positive thoughts and gratitude.”
Please introduce yourself to our readers.
I am Dana Al Mutairi, a Kuwaiti Architect, passionate about design and art. I’m an entrepreneur interested in testing her limits, pushing the boundaries of what is known to be normal and setting high standards.
Tell us about your education.
I have my bachelor degree in Architectural Design from Kuwait University. Now I am furthering my education with a Masters Degree in Business Administration.
Tell us about your career journey.
I worked mainly in planning and designing for events as a freelancer. That’s how I practice architecture. Also, I started a brand called Rapture, for exclusive handcrafted cases with my partner Ghala Al Hajri and a couple more brands, My Homie and Fortysix4st.
How do you manage your time? Describe your average day.
Being an entrepreneur means being committed to work all the time. Usually I am a morning person. I do my best to start the day with positive thoughts and gratitude. I may walk for an hour if I’m fortunate enough. Then I start listing the tasks that need to be done and delegating them between me and my partner. I also work with suppliers and producers and attend classes or meetings. That’s my regular day.
What is your biggest strength?
I’m visionary and innovative.
Do you have any weaknesses?
Time and stress management.
Have you made any mistakes that have made you stronger?
Lots! I grow from them, as each mistake is a lesson to be learned and a knowledge to be gained.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced during your career?
Every day is a challenge as me and Ghala are handling all the tasks. It’s a lot for us to handle but we like to test our limits and get deep into business.
How do you stay motivated during challenging times?
Knowing that hard times will pass! To be self motivated and surrounded by people who appreciate and encourage what I love doing.
What do you do to relax?
Listen to smooth jazz, walk and spend quality time with family and close friends.
What has been your proudest moment so far?
I am always proud of myself, but maybe the proudest moment for me is running into a happy customer wearing one of the products I made!
What is your biggest fear?
What is your favourite quote?
“Musicians play their instruments. I play the Orchestra” – Steve Jobs 2015
Name one item in life you can’t do without.
My socks! Sorry, but they really make me feel safe!
Best advice you have ever taken?
Failure is just a stepping stone!
Share three books on your nightstand.
Only one – How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
In your opinion, what are the three keys to success?
Self love and encouragement.
Hard work and commitment.
What is next for you? What would you still like to achieve?
Developing, expanding our brands further and getting global recognition. And furthermore, setting high standards for Kuwaiti brands and being an example and an inspiration for others to pursue their goals.
What advice would you give to young women starting out in their career?
Love yourself and be friends with it. Pay attention to what makes you feel good while doing it and just try make a business out of it.
How does it feel to be a CP Woman of Substance?
I am really honored and grateful for this great recognition.
Your message for the team at CP magazine:
Great Job! Keep on highlighting authentic and successful individuals, this will not only encourage them, but also it will impact the whole society as well. Best of luck!