Coming out on top of a cancer diagnosis changed Monique Sasson’s life.
The Founding Director of Wakelin Property Advisory, Monique is now Principal of mentor consultancy, Career Eye.
In this interview with The Constant Investor she explains that she serves ambitious women by helping them prioritise their career aspirations and balance complex, demanding lifestyles.
A master of prioritisation herself, she shares how you can do it all, just not at the same time.
Trained in journalism and corporate communications, Monique co-founded Wakelin Property Advisory in 1995.
When it comes to a mortgage, Monique’s advice to home owners is as simple today as it was back then; ditch the debt as fast as you can.
“If you own your assets outright, nobody can ever take them away from you.”
One of the things she’s done remarkably well is positioning herself as an expert in the public eye.
Highly experienced with media, she believes it’s a good thing to feel some level of nervousness when it comes to media interviews.
“A certain amount of adrenaline and nerves when you’re behind a camera or in front of a microphone is good, because it focuses you. It makes you one track minded, which is what you need to be”
On message delivery and appearance, Monique keeps it simple.
“It all comes down to simplicity. Simple language that’s not peppered with jargon. From an appearance and grooming point of view, simple. monochromatic. One or two colours tops, and not too much jewellery.”
Through Career Eye, her mentoring consultancy, Monique mentors ambitious business women who are seeking the often-elusive balance of juggling a demanding career and home life.
The essence of her work with clients how to prioritise and set a plan in motion while remaining flexible enough to roll with the punches.
“The thing I see and hear most often is the level of ambition overrides realism.
“I say to clients ‘If you have five or six priorities, let’s rank them and for the next six months we are going to work on rank number one and rank number two. We’re going to leave the rest because I think they’ll change once you leave rank number one and rank number two’. This is inevitably what happens”
“You can do it all, just not all at the same time”
After overcoming a cancer diagnosis just over four years ago, Monique’s number one priority is maintaining her health and wellbeing.
Her mantra is strong body, strong mind. She eats a predominantly organic, vegetarian diet and she gives some insight into her morning routine.
“I don’t work in the mornings. The mornings are dedicated to self-care. What that means for me is meditation, I do that daily for about 30 – 40 minutes.”
She believes her practice of daily meditation has been a game changer.
“I don’t ever feel deprived but I know I am doing everything I possibly can to safeguard my wellbeing”.