Chani Simms' Answers to Thriving Interview

Updated: Oct 18, 2019


Answers to Thriving with Chani Simms
Answers to Thriving with Chani Simms

Managing Director for Meta Defence Labs in both UK and Sri Lanka, information security consultant and Founder, CEO SHe CISO Exec.


 

The ‘Answers to Thriving' is an interview series that takes a look at the women who have created a life of self-success. We uncover key moments, lessons and habits that have influenced the life they lead today.


 


You can’t start the day without:

Coffee! Which I’m so grateful for. When I’m in Sri Lanka I love my mom’s special tea.



A favourite quote is:

“I'd rather be partly great than entirely useless.” - Neal Shusterman



One wellness ritual you do regularly:

I try to go to the gym ;)



A recommended read for personal growth:

I don't read too many of these kinds of books but I did read Lean In and it helped me to understand that I'm not alone in the Tech industry and I'm not the only passionate workaholic.



How do you go about self development?

Self-development is a journey for me. I’m a completely different person from when I was in my 20’s. I like to keep challenging myself to being better than I was yesterday. I’m my own biggest critic, so I try to continuously assess what I did wrong and try to improve. I like to think I’m driven by goals, short term and long term. I know what I want in 3 months’ time and in 10 years’ time (if I get to live that long). I try to set plans and break them into smaller tasks. Then I look at what resources I need to execute them successfully, i.e. do I need technical skills? Do I need soft skills? Do I need mentors? Do I need partners? etc.


I don’t believe in luck. It’s all hard work, persistence, optimism and positive thinking that lets you reach your goals and self-development comes with it. I hate excuses and I’d rather be told the bitter truth than a sugar coated lie.


I don’t believe in luck. It’s all hard work, persistence, optimism and positive thinking that lets you reach your goals.


What has been the most defining moment in your career to date?

2nd of November 2018, it was the last day of SHe CISO Exec. boot camp. I had tears of joy to see the transformation and the feedback from the boot camp participants, it was the best thing I have ever created in my career!



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