I am Cynthia Quarcoo founder and managing partner at CQ Legal and Consulting in Ghana. With over 15 years experience as a Corporate and Finance lawyer with specialization in energy, financial and infrastructure sectors.
Tell us about your journey! inspire someone.
My journey has actually been an interesting one. It's quite different from the norm. I dropped out of university, because I did not want to study medicine. However, being the creative that I am, I got a job in the fashion industry as a buyer’s assistant. Got married and then had two kids before going back to university. Personally, the desire to give my kids the best education was the incentive that led me back to school. Eventually, I became an economist and worked as a consultant with PriceWaterHouse Coopers for a few years before going to law school. The climb is unique because everywhere I have worked, be it in retail, as an economist or a consultant has influenced my career as a lawyer greatly. Even my interests in music and entertainment have influenced my career today. My path was a bit unorthodox but that only goes to prove that it doesn’t matter what route you take but your commitment to reaching your life goals.
What were the biggest initial hurdles and how did you overcome them?
I would say the only hurdle I ever had was that of a mindset, I never really encountered physical hurdles. I had moments of mental blocks where I did not believe in myself and did not think I could achieve certain things. I believe it all starts with the mind, I broke out of that negative mindset and believed that I could do anything I set my mind to and it really did not matter what anyone else thought. Once you believe it, and you’re prepared to work at it, your thoughts create your reality. It's truly an evolving process, changing my mindset and knowing that the possibilities are limitless.
What books are you currently reading?
Currently, I am reading a book called “Never Eat Alone” by Keith Ferrazzi which was recommended to me by my cousin. Essentially, it talks about the power of networking.
What do you know today that you wish you would have known when you first got started?
That I can do everything and anything once I set my mind to it.
What advice would you give to an upcoming youth or talents locally and internationally?
It all starts with you, believe in yourself. Do not let societal pressures keep you boxed in. As children we are so imaginative and confident. Therefore, don't be held back, because there are no barriers. Sometimes self doubt sets in, usually from external influence. So for everyone young person out there, block out the negative energy and take matters into your own hands.
What do you say about yourself? If you think you can do it and you’re ready to work at it, go for it. If you’re not given a seat at the table, create yours.