Ama Duncan
Corporate Trainer | Business Coach | Author | Speaker

Welcome to my blog! Here, I share valuable content on BUSINESS & MONEY to help new women in business to plan, execute and achieve their business goals.

 

TAKING CARE OF OUR ENVIRONMENTAL WELLNESS IN THESE TIMES

Is it too early to say Merry Christmas? Haha! Anyway, I hope you’re well.  This week we continue our conversation on Understanding the times with Selorm Dreamaker focusing on Taking Care Of Your Environmental Wellness In These Times.  Selorm Djaba-Mensah aka Selorm Dreamaker is the CEO of Accento Projekts. She is an interior designer and

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TAKING CARE OF OUR OCCUPATIONAL WELLNESS IN THESE TIMES

Hello, as we say goodbye to November, 2022, may we also say goodbye to all worries concerning our occupation! Amen. In this week’s episode of Mind Your Business, we continue the conversation on ‘Understanding the times’ with a focus on Occupational Wellness. Enjoy the episode here https://youtu.be/mSABOrXWhvw ! Ama xx PS: Mind Your Business is

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TAKING CARE OF OUR FINANCIAL WELLNESS IN THESE TIMES

Hello, I hope you’re pressing on the upward way! This week’s focus is on our financial wellness. To help us take care of it, we have Dr. Evans Duah (I call him Dr. Wealth). He is a French and English-trained business expert. He worked in France, Morocco and currently in Ghana. He started his career

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TAKING CARE OF OUR EMOTIONAL WELL BEING IN THESE TIMES 

Hello! Today I’m joined by two fabulous big sisters who are very knowledgeable and experienced in the area of Emotional Wellness. And both of them are not new to Mind Your Business. Lady Aba Cato Andah, MBA, MA, LMHC is a Christian Psychotherapist, Mindset Coach, sought-after Speaker, Host of the “Hopemongers” Podcast and founder of

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TAKING CARE OF OUR PHYSICAL WELL BEING IN THESE TIMES

Hello, my wish for you in these times is that you thrive in spite of whatever may be happening in the economy, system, etc. My conversation with Coaches Sena and Diana on this week’s episode of Mind Your Business is to help us do just that, in terms of our physical wellness. Like I mentioned

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TAKING CARE OF OUR WELL BEING IN THESE TIMES | SPIRITUAL

Happy November! In Ghana, prices of many goods have doubled in just a few months. A friend in Europe says she’s paying more than double for electricity. With all these things happening, how are you doing really? Are you experiencing peace in spite of the economy, etc? For the next couple of months on Mind

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My Story

Dealing with low self-esteem

I was born in Sekondi to a nurse and a farmer. When I was about 5 years, we moved to Komenda, a small town in the Central Region of Ghana. Even though I was one of the best students in primary school, I always felt ‘little’ when we travelled to cities like Cape Coast, Accra and Takoradi.

I felt everyone there was more beautiful, more intelligent, spoke better English and was generally better than me. I had a similar experience in secondary school, always looking down on myself and feeling I was not good enough. Oh, how I wished I were an ‘Accra girl’ because I thought they were so cool! Yet, when my family finally moved to Accra, I still didn’t feel cool. On top of this, I didn’t even have a boyfriend! If only I could get a boyfriend, then I will be cool like the other girls… I thought.

In University, I met some really wonderful friends, some of whom were from ‘rich’ families and I thought being friends with them will make me feel cool. I didn’t. I had the opportunity to start travelling abroad, and I was certain that when I returned, I most definitely will feel cool and belong in a ‘cool girls click’.  Well, I did have cool friends before and after travelling; still, I didn’t feel like I was cool and ‘there’ yet. Oh, by the way, in my third year, I finally had a real boyfriend (now my husband). Not only that, but he also lived abroad, and hence, I occasionally went to visit him, which should have made me feel cool, or? Well, guess what, I still didn’t!

Even as a career woman working in an international four-star hotel as a manager, I looked down on myself. Once my General Manager called me into his office and asked why I never came asking for a pay raise and promotion when other managers always came to him with such requests. My response was ‘I want to earn it, not ask for it’. That was a half-truth. The real reason was that I felt I was not good enough to deserve more. I convinced myself that ‘I was not there yet’. I used to look at my friends who were lawyers, doctors or pursuing something big and wished I could do that too. I also wanted to be ‘somebody’.

To make matters worse, I was just getting pregnant and fat! After having my two kids, I thought getting an MBA will make me finally feel cool and ‘important’, yet I felt no different after completion. Even with a handsome husband and two adorable kids who doted on me, I thought I had very little value. Interestingly, at various stages in my life, I would meet people who were so impressed by and thought highly of me, yet I never saw what they saw. Mostly when people even complimented me, I doubted them and thought they were just trying to be nice. 

How I found my ‘cool.’

Read the rest of my story in Yarns of inspiration II

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