I recently read the TIME magazine anthology about women firsts. I was blown away by the range of women who had achieved MISOGI like accomplishments.
The qualities I noticed that they all had in common included:
- Trusting what they loved as a child.
- Not listening to the opinions of others.
- Listening to their inner voice.
- Knowing without a doubt when that calling called them.
- Getting up again when they stumbled.
- Getting up again…..and again…and again.
- Doing what they loved.
Some of the quotes that really stood out to me:
Take on challenges, even if you think they are too hard, even if you think you might fail. When you become an old person and look back on your life, you may say, “I wish I had tried that” – you don’t want to be in that position. Give yourself challenges that are exciting. – Eileen Collins, First woman to command a space shuttle
You have to believe that you’re good enough. – Gabby Douglas, First American gymnast to win solo and all-around gold medals at one Olympics
Keep a sense of humor; don’t expect favors; do what you’re there to do. – Sylvia Earle, First woman to become chief scientist of the U.S. Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Strength is being vulnerable. – Selena Gomez, Actor, Singer
If you do the best that you can and you work as hard as possible, those opportunities will come to you. – Kathryn Smith, First woman to become a full-time NFL coach
You, no matter where you are in your life – you are not alone. – Oprah
While I don’t think you have to be first in order to effect change, I do believe that if you want to make a positive difference in your life and the lives of others…be the best at what you love! That will be your legacy.