As I was preparing to interview Becky Anderson, International CNN Anchor, at the Global Women’s Forum Dubai I found that the more I started researching the more nervous I got. This was a woman who had interviewed global leaders such as Queen Rania of Jordan, Pakistani Politician Imran Khan and Turkish President Tayyip Erodgan. What was I going to ask? How was I going to keep things engaging? What if I messed up?

I remember two things whenever I feel nervous about a big challenge ahead, something I might consider a life changing moment in my career. The first thing is something my mother used to say, “just do your best and you will have nothing to be ashamed of”. The second is what my wife always reminds me of before I go on stage, “Just be yourself”.

Pretty much anything becomes easier when you work hard and always stay true to yourself, things feel more natural, you flow and become one with the work you are doing. The nerves don’t slow you down, the pressure comes off, and everything just starts to make sense, because you are doing what you need to be doing, you are who you need to be, and that is yourself, the hardest working version of yourself.

What I have learned in my career is being genuine and working hard is something that can’t be denied, the journey might be harder, people might hold you back, you might not always get the support you hoped for, but it will never be denied.

Take the tough challenges, they are opportunities to further shape your destiny, to further build that path of where you want to go in your life, to bring out a part of you that you never know existed. Do your best work you can, be the best version of yourself, and you will have nothing to be afraid of, and everything to look forward to.