Who’s got that #FridayFeeling???!!!
Here’s an excerpt from my “talk” earlier this week when speaking about reducing the stigma around Mental Health at #CommerceLibrary, presented/sponsored by #ProjectReturn.
Most of you probably don’t know, but when I was 8 years old, I was diagnosed with a Severe Learning Disability. I spent the better part of
one year in Special Ed classes. This was before the times of positive reinforcement and empowering the child to excel. Nope, instead, these ladies told me exactly like it was.
They told me I would be lucky to graduate from high school and I would most likely never go to college. You know what I did? I graduated high school in 3 years, was valedictorian of my class, and went to a 4-year liberal arts college, Sarah Lawrence College where I studied Performing Arts and Languages. Speaking of languages, I wanted to travel the world even when I was 8 years old. They told me I needed to perfect English prior to learning any other languages. You know what I did? I spent my junior year abroad in Ecuador, learning fluent Spanish, and continuing my studies in French, Italian, and later learned Portuguese.
I wanted to work in a fancy office building in downtown Boston, just like my dad. They laughed at me. You know what I do know? I am the Senior Director of Human Resources at a Social Media agency. Next, I’ll be gunning for a global VP role at a multinational corporation.
My learning disability was such that I could not structure a story appropriately in a sequential and chronological order. At 8 years old, I wanted to write children’s books. I was and still am obsessed with children’s books. They told me I would NEVER ever be an author, so what did I do? I have authored one book, writing two currently, and have 9 more in my
You see…I had two options with my diagnosis. I could let it DEFINE me or I could DEFY it!
(Then I spoke about some FAMOUS FAILURES… Abraham Lincoln, Albert Einstein, and Lionel Messi.)
For example, Lionel Messi, the famous footballer. At 11 years old, he was cut from the soccer team because he was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency, which kept him unusually smaller in stature than others. This did not destroy him, or hinder him in any way. Nope, instead, it empowered him to challenge everything and move on to win 3 FIFA World Championships. Those Famous Failures defied all odds and circumstances.
A diagnosis is just one piece of the pie and one tiny piece of who you are. I believe a diagnosis can be a gift.
It’s a gift because you are well aware of your weaknesses. Hell, all of us are aware of our weaknesses. Now, my question to you
is what are your STRENGTHS? How do you outshine everyone else? What sets you apart from all of the rest? Focus on those questions. Find those answers.
Remember, you can do whatever you want in this life! Blow those naysayers away! Blow their fucking socks off! Exceed
their wildest expectations of you!
Do you know that YOU are here for a much bigger purpose than you could possibly
My challenge for you is to lead by example, be unbreakable, never give up, and constantly empower and inspire others to know better, be better, and do better! That is my challenge for you!
I’ll leave you with
this quote from Dr. Wayne Dwyer:
You attract what you are, not what you want. (Repeat to yourself as needed)
By all means, if you want to attract silence and peace. Be silent and peaceful.
But if you want to attract the AMAZING, the EXTRAORDINARY, and the INCREDIBLE, then be AMAZING, EXTRAORDINARY, and INCREDIBLE.
On this Earth, you are the master of your own fate! You
define you – no one else. So, the next time someone
tells you you can’t do something. You
turn right around and say, WATCH ME!
1) My “talk” above went very very well. I will have a video for the above talk in the near future.
2) Have you heard about this #DBirthdayConcert in the Philippines? Amazing!
3) Why didn’t anyone tell me it was #NationalBiscuitDay today. Damn!
4) Take one minute for yourself today. Stare out a window or walk outside and take three deep breaths and be thankful you are alive.