There Are No Superheroes. There Is Just Us.

Shiza Shahid

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Inspirational Leadership Quotes - Shiza Shahid: "Never doubt your ability to achieve anything, overcome anything, and inspire everything. There are no superheroes. There is just us, and too often we are the ones that we keep waiting for."
Shiza Shahid: "Never doubt your ability to achieve anything, overcome anything, and inspire everything. There are no superheroes. There is just us, and too often we are the ones that we keep waiting for."

Shiza Shahid is an entrepreneur, women's rights advocate, and investor. She is the co-founder and former CEO of the Malala Fund, which she created with the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, to invest in women's education around the world.

Shahid was born and raised in Islamabad, Pakistan, where she became involved with women's issues by working with children born to women in prisons. While studying Business at Stanford University, Shahid reached out to Malala, who was blogging for the BBC at the time, and the two became even closer after Malala's 2012 assassination attempt. Shahid, Malala and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, joined forces to launch the Malala Fund in 2013.

Nowadays, Shahid invests in mission-driven start-ups through her VC Fund and Platform, NOW Ventures, "leveraging philanthropy, venture capital, technology and the media to drive scalable social impact." (Source)

Shahid was included in the Times 30 Under 30 World Changer, Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur and Tribeca Institute Disruptive Innovator lists. She is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council.


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I am originally from Kazakhstan and I studied Human Sciences at UCL. My final research explored the potential effects of design on patient wellbeing in hospitals, and I also took modules such as Ethnographic Documentary Filmmaking, Anthropology of the Built Environment, Art in the Public Sphere, and other less interesting-sounding things :)

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I love that quote. It is such a good reminder that it is not enough to note the injustice, or even to protest about it, we each have to act, to change it. I think we often do doubt, or at least I know I do, that we have the ability needed; and yet, since life isn't a comic book, waiting for the superhero to solve the world's problems for us, is really not a good option. Last week I listened to this great episode https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/doing-hard-things-bobby-berk-abby-wambach-glennon-doyle/id1531768983?i=1000514047676 from Hilary Clinton's blog "You and Me Both" which I absolutely love. It is all about the concept that we can do hard things. It seems to fit well with Shiza's message: change is not easy, but we can make it happen.