Interview with Yara Azar (@yaraazarr)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

It is not one story that brought me to this career path but many. Moreover, by many stories I mean all the hardships I went through in life. Such as bullying, esophageal atresia, prematurity, body image, self-worth/love, and many more. I used those different moments in my life to grow and include in my online career to encourage my community of followers to take their imperfections, flaws, and hardships and learn to grow out of them and use them in a positive manner rather than a negative. You might not it but you talking about the hardships you face could help many others. 

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

It was actually a very ironic story that made it interesting. I posted a picture of my scars from my esophageal atresia surgery and expected people to hate. However, this is how my career started. From posting this vulnerable picture I got followers, love, support, and most importantly many people speaking about their own imperfections. This was very interesting as I thought that the complete opposite would occur. 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

The online industry is filled with filters and barriers, and when you learn how to jump over those factors you will thrive. At first, you are going to have to face this virtual world filled with filters but when you realize that this is the path everyone in this industry is taking you will realize the importance of being relatable and REAL. When you are authentic, relatable, and real that is when you thrive because you can never be the best copy cat in the world but you can be the best version of yourself. Being yourself is the key to open the doors to success in this virtual world game.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I am grateful to the people who told me I could not get to where I want to be. Those people are the ones who truly pushed me to break down all those barriers and start my online career. The hate and negativity from people was something I used as my fuel to success, the more people try to tell you that you won’t be able to attain whatever you want, the more you will want to prove them wrong and attain that. So I am very grateful to those who fueled my success, I do not see hate and negativity as a threat but as an opportunity to grow and improve, as it gives me a lot of space for those aspects. Also, negativity and hate show me exactly what I do not want to project towards my self or my online family. 

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I use my platform to encourage a community of support, no judgment, freedom, authenticity, and love. Moreover, my platform is my journey as well as my followers as they are going through this journey with me. It is an opportunity for all of us to learn how to grow together, help each other out, and focus on positive aspects within us rather than negative. However, the most important thing my platform offers is being authentic with what you say, preaching what you say by actions, and being raw even though it is scary as I believe this is the way to stop this battle against yourself and learn that it is okay to have ups and downs but you just have to be real with yourself on how you want to grow out of those phases and help yourself and others become the best version of yourself. 

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

A life lesson quote that inspires me is “You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.” This relates to me as I used to always pond over what people would tell me, I would always see negative aspects with myself, I would doubt and question my self-worth. I let myself drown into a battle against myself by pondering on those things. But once I learnt that I am taking the decision to ponder over those negative aspects, I learnt that I could easily take myself out by setting my mind to be a space for improvement and growth by pondering on positive aspects within myself. That is when I stopped drowning and having a battle against my self and learned how to love myself. 

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

They can follow me on Instagram: “@yaraazarr”.

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