BACKSTORY: Norton Rose Fulbright’s Jackie Midlane
We question Jackie Midlane, head of banking and finance at Norton Rose Fulbright
What’s the one book everyone should read?
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington.
What’s your one top tip for doing a deal?
Read, and always be prepared.
Nominate your eighth wonder of the world.
Experiencing the Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, with my husband.
Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
Wonder Woman. She is simply better than Superman.
Which phrase or word do you most overuse?
"I don’t disagree."
What’s the worst airport you’ve been in?
Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
What is your biggest indulgence?
Coffee, and lots of it.
On what occasion do you lie?
When I don’t want to hurt a person’s feelings.
Tell us about a hidden gem in SA that not many people know about.
A restaurant in Hyde Park called 1920.
Is there such a thing as "enough money", and if so, how much is it?
There is never enough … what you need to get right is to determine what is enough for you, and when.
How do you deal with stress? What are your top tips in handling stress?
I prioritise and tackle the issues. My top tips are: do not procrastinate but get it done, and when all else fails eat Jelly Tots.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Fairness. In life not everything is fair, and we need to deal with that.
What is something you would go back and tell your younger self that would impress or amaze her?
You can have it all.
What do you regard as the lowest depths of misery?
Not being able to change what you should be able to control.
Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to listen 100%.
Which living person do you most admire?
There are several. The first is my beautiful mother, who has taught me the values of working hard, being a businesswoman and juggling a professional career and motherhood. The second person is Meg Whitman, the successful businessperson, and the third is author JK Rowling, who never gave up. I also admire the late Princess Diana for her humanitarian work.