Things They Don’t Tell You is a weekly online column that dives deep into the lives of Prestige 40 Under 40 class of 2020 laureates, where they share little-known stories and offer insights on things that go under-the-radar. This week, we get candid with Sidney Yahya, Design Manager for Blueplate Studio at Wilson Associates.
I have always been passionate about interiors and aesthetics. When I was offered an opportunity to join one of the top hospitality firms from my previous tenure as a librarian, I knew I had to grab it and literally start from the bottom. That was my foothold in the door and stepping stone into the industry.
My great professional achievement, I would have to say, is where and what I am now — being able to manage my own projects and being fully immersed in it.
Being a mum of three is my biggest personal achievement.
Learning opens doors and broadens horizons. The journey of learning always gives me that drive and a new sense of enthusiasm.
I’d tell my younger self that it is okay to fail. You are learning from it. If it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger.
Women inspire me. Each one of them have their own story to tell.
I walk my own path. I’m able to keep focus on my aspirations despite the noise around. That, I think, is my biggest strength. My emotions are my weakness.
One of the best things someone had said to me was I was born to be special.
I hate it when people say “it is what it is”.
I’d rather be shot than be caught wearing pink.
Fear is as deep as the mind allows.
It’s not sunshine everyday, but we can always be grateful.
I feel my best when I start my day early with fresh thoughts.
Good things don’t come easy so make every moment counts.
(Main and featured image: Prestige Singapore)