Jenushika Jeyakumaran is an entrepreneur, prior co-founder of legal tech startup Aleri and co-host of the podcast The Innovators Spotlight.
What advice would you give to women forging their career paths in the same field you are in?
To realize your true potential, you have to be willing to get out of your own way.
You should absolutely attempt to take on your dream job or passion whether it be on the side or full time. Most importantly, unlearn the very things that we’re hardwired to do that hold us back, like not having enough patience, constantly judging or comparing yourself to other people, negative self-talk and more.
You basically have to re-wire your brain and thought habits to set yourself up for success.
What are three of the most valuable skills needed to succeed in your field?
- Communication skills: Such skills go a very long way. If you are selling tech, you’re educating your market on the product. That works best if you can educate while making genuine connections with people. (EDITOR’S NOTE: there’s a flood of suggestions on our Linked-In group on how to improve your communications skills. Check it out.)
- Constant learning: Learn and refine your skills so you improve every day.
- Frequent self-reflection: Understand what’s going well and what’s not. Then make an action plan based on those observations. (EDITOR’S NOTE: here’s a great article on the power of self-reflecting.)
What do you love most about your job?
I love meeting new people through work. I’ve met so many lawyers who I now know personally. They introduce me to their world and their experiences. It’s really a beautiful thing to connect with your target market in such ways. It’s not about the product, it’s about making genuine personal connections and actually creating a positive impact on their lives.
It’s also fun to be a trailblazer. Aleri really disrupts the way lawyers prepare for cases. It’s spicing up the world of law. When the right lawyer meets Aleri, you see them have that lightbulb moment, “wow, this product can actually really change the game and make my life easier”- that feeling, right there, is incredible.
What is the best career development podcast you’ve listened to?
The Gary Vee Audio Experience is my favourite podcast. I really like his values and personality and his views on self-development have really changed my life. (EDITOR’S NOTE: check out these Gary Vee quotes like “Giving more than you take is an incredible way to get.”)