Today, i attended one of my favorite annual events.
The Women of Distinction Girl Scout luncheon.
I love empowering women therefore, this is right up my alley. However, the message went way beyond gender.
The speaker was a lady named Deborah Roberts. After reading her credentials, I still didn’t know her. They mentioned she’s Al Roker’s wife. Still didn’t know her.
She seems like a great lady and was an excellent speaker. You can find out more about her here. Who knows, you probably already know her.
My point is the message was worth listening too no matter who did the delivery. It’s something everyone should know.
She summed up her success in two points:
1. She wanted the ball.
This lady grew up with a mother that couldn’t wear pants b/c at the time women only wore dresses. She grew up in rural Alabama where she had to wait in a “black only” section to be served. When she started working she applied for jobs in a male dominated field and was told she could be their secretary and nothing more. She was paid 50% of her male counterparts doing the same role.
But, it didn’t dissade her. She took extra jobs no one wanted. She kept asking for more. She wanted the ball.
2. She encouraged others to take the ball.
When she was in 3rd grade a teacher told her “Deborah, your a smart girl. You can go far in life”. This teacher encouraged her when society said they shouldnt. Not many people at the time were telling young, black girls they could amount to much. But this teacher did, and more importantly Deborah believed her.
Encouraging others is a rare thing.
I’m always surprised by it b/c it’s so easy to give.
When was the last time someone brought you an idea and you said:
Good idea. I think that will work. Go for it.
I remember being a small child & my grandma asked me what I wanted to be when I grow up. I said I didn’t know & her response was “You can be anything you want in this life. And it’s fine if you want to collect garbage, I know if you do you’ll be the best one there is”. I was fortunate to have this encouragement in my life and I hope I’m able to do the same for others.
Bottom line is, successful people want the ball and then they share & encourage others.
And that’s a lesson for us all.