Great British Bake Off has lessons for us all

Nadiya GBBO I admit it, I got hooked on GBBO. As a feminist I felt slightly guilty that I really liked cooking. I find it satisfying making food for friends when they come around.

And then I finally accepted that I was a GBBO groupie.

Why? Well apart from the baking, it was so good to watch a group of people who loved doing what they were doing and, importantly, celebrating when others in the group did well. They were competitors but still they congratulated each other with genuine warmth when they won a particular round. How often does that happen in the workplace? I rarely see people congratulating their competitors!

But most of all Nadiya said it all, said everything that needed to be said for women struggling to be the best. She failed miserably in some instances, she was a bundle of nerves, she wasn’t used to the limelight having spent her time bringing up her family. But this was going to be her time. This was something she was doing for herself and boy did she succeed!

As women how often do we doubt ourselves? How often do we fear doing anything different, anything challenging because we’re frightened we’ll fail? Well here’s a woman who doubted herself, who failed quite spectacularly in one or two of the technicals but picked herself up and carried on going.

It just shows what can be done when you have support around you, the type of support that WayfinderWoman seeks to give to everyone who comes to us when they’ve failed, or don’t know what to do, or want to do something different.

I’ll leave the last words to Nadiya and hope you’ll make it your mantra.

“I’m never going to put boundaries on myself, ever again. I’m never going to say I can’t do it. I’m never going to say maybe. I’m never going to say I don’t think I can. I can and I will”