Alicia "I Refuse To Fit In" Thakrar

“As a first-generation, British-born Indian, I’ve countered convention for as long as I can remember. Born to parents who wanted a daughter that met the same ideals that they had thrust upon them in India — a world so different to the one I called home — I grew up surrounded by strong opinions about who I should be. So I sought solace within, forging a deep connection with my inner knowing which enabled me to choose which opinions reflected my truth, and which were the result of dogma and needed to be deflected. It’s an ongoing practice, but one I’m unwaveringly grateful to have cultivated.

“As an entrepreneur, I’m the master of my own destiny. I no longer have to fit into a hole somebody else carved out for me. I’ve created a life in which I can be everything that I was born to be.

“As Jim Carrey said during his commencement speech at The Maharashi Institute, “Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don’t let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.”

“You can achieve what you want, and more, if you can learn to trust that you are worthy.”


 Alicia Thakrar, Founder and MD at The Upper Story
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