Shashi Behl believes we are all in control of our own destiny, so go after what you want and own the life you are given - the good, bad, ugly and the beautiful. As the owner of Calgary jewelry store Joydrop, Shashi is humble, refreshingly honest, and this week's Women of Ace.
ACE: WHAT ARE YOU UP TO? ( YOUR CURRENT HUSTLE )
Shashi: It seems like there is always something happening in the world of retail and that is the world that I love! I am the CEO of Joydrop and Co-Owner of Fernweh. I am also involved in a couple jewelry wholesale companies, and mentor a restaurant owner. Volunteer wise, I am on various boards in the city and work with the University of Calgary Hunter Hub for business.
ACE: WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT TO YOU? ( WHERE DID THIS PASSION COME FROM? )
Shashi: I am not sure where it came from. I do remember always thinking that I was in control of my own destiny and the only way I could get what I wanted and how I wanted it, would be by owning it. The good, bad, ugly and the beautiful - all of it!
ACE: WHAT WAS YOUR DREAM JOB GROWING UP? HOW DO YOU THINK THIS HAS INFLUENCED WHO YOU ARE TODAY?
Shashi: My dream job was having an import/export business, but as a kid, I am pretty sure I never really knew what that meant, I just knew that it sounded good and it would get me on an airplane. I know that travel has absolutely influenced my career choice. I needed to be in a field where travel was necessary in order to get things done.
ACE: IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE YOURSELF IN ONLY THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
Shashi: Curious. Persistent. Outgoing.
ACE: WHO’S YOUR BIGGEST INSPIRATION AND WHY?
Shashi: The people that inspire me are constantly changing. I usually look to someone in an area that I feel I need help in. That person becomes someone that I want to learn more about and I see if I can take some of their learnings and incorporate them into my life. Who I am inspired by changes because I understand that I need help in a lot of areas and the people I can look to are everywhere.
ACE: WHAT DOES THE TERM “BOSS BABE” MEAN TO YOU?
Shashi: I don’t usually like anything with a gender or definer attached to it because it allows someone to have an impression of you before you have even entered the room. You never hear a guy in business having to identify himself as a Boss of anything.
I like being female, I like nice things, I like leading companies, and I also like people to make up their own mind about me. Hopefully their perception of me is someone who gets shit done and gets it done well...is there a term for that person?
ACE: HOW DO YOU EMPOWER OTHER WOMEN?
Shashi: My goal is to get as many women into business and leadership roles as possible. Anytime someone wants an ear or eyes to go over a strategy plan I put my hand up.
We need more people doing great and crazy things in this world, and we need them done with humanity – that is where women really excel.
ACE: WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED FROM ANOTHER WOMAN?
Shashi: Don’t let anyone else define you and don’t let your guilt lead you (mom guilt is a real thing).
ACE: CAN YOU SHARE THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED FROM A FAILURE?
Shashi: Get up, dust off, and do it again. It usually works the second time around because the first time wasn’t a failure, it was a learning opportunity.
ACE: WHEN YOU ARE FEELING OVERWHELMED, WHAT DO YOU DO TO FIND PEACE?
Shashi: I get on my bike or get to a yoga class, but after I make a list and get all that crap out of my head first. If that doesn’t work, then I call up a girlfriend and hit a concert and copious amounts of wine.
ACE: WHAT LEGACY DO YOU HOPE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR?
Shashi: I hope people remember me as someone who helped get their business to where it is now, and knew that I believed they could do it and helped put a plan in place for it to happen.
ACE: WHERE CAN WE FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOU SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT YOU?
Shashi: Thank you! There are Joydrop stores in Westhills, Market Mall and online at www.joydrop.ca. There is a Fernweh store in the Banff Springs Hotel.