“Don’t Wait for the Big Chances. Wake up and Search for Them”

A physician with an administration and entrepreneurship attitude, Salsabeel has been through a plethora of training on mental health and therapies related to the human energy science. Working in this field was very exciting and renewable, every patient she has met was an inspiring story for her. She believes that we should improve our skills and that being multifunctional would make us have a great ability to adapt. She also believes that once you try to be different and successful and you know the right way to do that for sure, you will, just educate yourself and be positive.

Q: Tell us a few things about your country, and also your life's story!

A: My name is Salsabeel a Libyan doctor with a business attitude. I was born in Libya, the same country I lived in, I worked a lot, studied a lot and still dreaming a lot.

I have participated in many training programs in the social work and the psychosocial support, with good experience in this. I got married and I have 2 daughters.

Now I live in Brazil because my second daughter born here 2 months ago. Now, I am learning Portuguese, as a third language and waiting for my permanent residence to see what the next step is.

Q: What is your view of the world as it is today? And how do you define the concept of a better world?

A: My view of the world today is all about technology, minimization, education, recycling. The concept of a better world is a world that believes in clarity, improvement and talented people.

Q: What are some of the key challenges in your society?

A: Our society in Libya is in the worst situation now because of the damage resulted from the war and the bad economical situation with the absence of security. It is hard for talented people to run the country and build their achievements.

Q: As a young individual what are a few of the hurdles that you had to overcome up until today?

A: As a young individual I face a lot of hurdles. First of all the economy is not stable the past 9 years. Now Libya makes us unstable, undetermined and unable to focus on the best way, because we are trying to live and at the same time achieve our biggest dreams.

Q: Why is the role of a mentor important for you?

A: The mentor is very important to me especially this period. I am in a transitional situation trying to move to a better place, to achieve my goals so it is hard to start again. She helped me a lot thinking clear, be patient when making decisions.

Q: Do you have a lesson that life has taught you and you would like to share?

A: Sure! Don’t waste your time waiting for the big chances, you should wake up and search for them.

Q: Name a project, a foundation or a person in your country that you think is doing great work in helping improve other people's lives!

A: I guess Handicap International (humanity & inclusion)/ Tripoli Helped many disabled people improve their lives.

Q: What are some of the challenges that women in your country face and what efforts are made towards gender equality?

A: They face a lot of problems, the bad mentality, the mental and physical violence is the worst, and regarding equality, they are far away to achieve it. They do not believe in this.

Q: Athena40 is the first ever global selection of the top 40 women forward thinkers, commentators, activists, authors, academics, entrepreneurs, executives, innovators. Can you think of a truly innovative and forward-thinking woman from your country that you wish to nominate for the Athena40 global list?

A: Ghalia Abozakok

Q: Share with us a phrase, a poem or a story that you love or you find interesting!

A: Poor dad and rich dad

Q: Tell us one thing that you have learned from your mentor.

A: Patience and get priority in places