In the sixth part of our "30 Over 30" series, 4meglam sat down with Payal Patel - a Fintech Fincrime Compliance leader with over 14+ years of experience, a mompreneur and a Rise Up'Power Player' 2019.
She is the Founder of P-Squared, a boutique FinCrime compliance consultancy focusing exclusively on Fintech / Blockchain companies and those organisations looking to partner with them. In addition to juggling all of the above, she is also a doting mum to two darling little boys and models for upcoming Beauty brands in her free time.
Photo: Payal Patel
1. When do you feel most empowered?
When I am with my husband. He is incredibly smart, tenacious, strong and confident. He challenges me to do better and raises my own bar at every opportunity. He is my biggest fan but also the first to call me out on my BS!
2. Can you share an example of how you juggle work-life and personal interests?
I live my life by my calendar. I block out time and set reminders for literally everything. Being personally fulfilled means spending as much time with my family and friends as possible, this is challenging when you run your own business and love sleep as much as I do. For me the key has been to be intentional and focused on whatever it is that I am doing. When I am with my children I have my phone off, likewise if I’m working I try not to think about planning my next holiday or what’s for dinner. It’s not always easy, but with everything I think practice turns actions into habits.
3. Can you share an example of a random act of kindness that you received?
Since starting my business I’ve been so incredibly fortunate to be supported by so many generous people who have willingly given their time and selflessly connected me with people in their network. I would not have had the opportunities I have had it not been for them. I now look to pay it forward in any way I can.
4. Inclusiveness to you is …
Treating everyone with equivalent consideration, the same consideration that we give to or want for ourselves. It means seeking people out and actively connecting, listening and accepting them for who they are and truly valuing their experience and ideas.
5. On the theme of the multi-hyphenate woman, if you were a superhero, what would your ego and alter-ego be?
If I could have a superpower it would be to stop time. I want to be able to savour every second and enjoy everything I am doing without getting to the end of the day and it all being a bit of a rushed blur.
6. If you were a lipstick color, which one would it be and what would you call it.
I opt for minimal and natural when it comes to make up. My lipstick of choice would be akin to a balm, so really moisturising but not sticky or too shiny and a tint / neutral colour. I would call this holy-grail product ‘My Best Self’ because that exactly how I want to feel all day everyday!
7. A piece of advice you'd give to your younger self.
YOLO. There’s a quote that I love by Charles Horton Cooley - ‘I am not what you think I am. I am what I think you think I am.’ I know I’m not alone when I say I have spent way too much time worrying about other peoples perceptions of me and my actions. In reality I don’t think anyone cared even half as much as I thought. I still get bogged down with negative self talk and anxiety, but I am now very aware of when fear is driving my decisioning and I will consciously look to re-focus my thoughts and energy.
8. Share a secret never to be told except on Instagram
I failed my driving test more than 10 times. I actually don’t think this should be mentioned anywhere….including the ‘gram
9. What do you feel is your calling?
My goal is to grow and learn everyday. I aim to be better today in all aspects of my life than I was yesterday and be better still tomorrow.
10. What is your favorite quote to keep you going?
No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.