“I got my start by giving myself a start.” – Madame C.J. Walker
I love that quote by visionary entrepreneur Madame C.J. Walker. I was talking to my son yesterday having a great discussion on the take-away message from a classic book he’d read. In all things I believe there is a teachable moment or pearl of wisdom to be learned if simply a discovery about one’s self.
Reading this quote, my take-away is to never let anyone diminish you or attempt put a damper on your self-worth, dreams, goals or achievement. Never allow permission for that understanding the role of non-believers – it’s your life and not everyone will be on board with where you may aspire to go. Along the way to pursuing your whatever it is you strive for – expect obstacles which may come in the form of people and or barriers of many types (sexism, racism, ageism, classism, envy and so on). Overcome these things, learn from the experience or lessons and move on -most of all always give yourself the best chance to succeed!