At my birthday celebration, surrounded by a diverse group of girlfriends who also live to make a difference!
“Do not regret getting older. It is a privilege denied to many.” –Unknown
Today is my Birthday!
I was eight years old when my grandmother asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I remember it like it was yesterday… Without hesitation, I assertively replied, “I’m going to be a lawyer.”
Not surprising for a child who held amateur mock trials in her living room. I became devoted at a very young age to making a difference in people’s lives. My family always taught me to work hard, be passionate and strive toward my goals without looking back… and I intend to keep moving forward.
After law school, I worked at the Kings County District Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn. I remember a colleague of mine telling me a story about a woman named Shirley Chisholm who studied at Brooklyn College in the 1940s. Her professor encouraged her to consider a career in politics because of her quick thinking and debating skills. She reminded him of her “double handicap” – she was black and a woman. When Shirley became the first African-American woman elected to Congress and the first major-party Black candidate for President of the United States, she was surprised to realize that it wasn’t being black that was the biggest struggle… It was being a woman in a man’s world.
We have come a long way since 1940, but Shirley’s story is a recurring experience that many women can relate to. Gender equality and inclusion is still a pressing issue in our country. I devoted my heart and life’s work to empowering women and girls to succeed through service, sisterhood and self-help. With charitable spirits and huge, generous hearts, NAPW members work together to make a difference in the lives of women and girls in our communities and the world.
With determination and a powerful supportive network of intelligent, successful women, we achieve greatness every day. I am a firm believer in our passion-powered abilities as women, and in taking calculated risks and vast leaps of faith. From the little wanna-be lawyer girl in the living room, to real-life lawyer, TV co-host, author and advocate for women, my life has been a blessing, and I’ve met amazing women along the way. It’s truly gratifying to be part of something so special and empowering. My life has taken me to places where I can honestly say, I’ve made a difference – and that’s success!
As powerful professional women, we turn passions into action and embrace our personal power. We build strong relationships, learn from each other, bounce back from failure and adversity, and create opportunities for ourselves and each other.
Remember these helpful tips to motivate you along the way:
Know What You Stand For
If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. Stay grounded and anchored in your beliefs. Values give your life focus, meaning and power. They help guide you in every decision you make.
Don’t get ahead of yourself… whether “ahead” means more money, power, pleasure, status or some other lure, stay true to who you are, what you believe in and the motivation that initially inspired you to succeed.
Patience is Power
Through personal growth and development, we advance as individuals – even while it’s at a speed that requires patience, we continue to make progress.
Celebrate Your Accomplishments
Like Oprah wisely said, “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” Take pride in your accomplishments, big or small. Every triumph matters, because it inspires us to keep going.
Here’s to our success!
What is your most valued accomplishment? What / who helps inspire you to reach your goals? Share your comments below.