If you’ve heard me speak or read my past blog posts, you may know I have a few themes that apply to all audiences.
- Dream big, then make a plan to reach your goals
- We are all just one mentor away from becoming our best self
- Your success is heavily reliant on your personal brand
There are others, of course, but these three apply to students in school and adults in the workplace. They’re things I focused on early in my career. In fact, I am a work in progress and still make time to evaluate how I’m doing in these areas.
You can imagine my delight when I recently had a chance to interview Liz Murray and talk to her about dreams, goals, mentors and personal brands.
Liz is an inspirational speaker known for her acceptance in to Harvard despite spending some of her youth homeless.
She’s the voice behind one of my favorite Ted Talks and has traveled the country talking about her love for what’s possible in life. She seems to thrive on the notion of “what if…” And, she’s proof that your past doesn’t predict your future.
Liz turned adversity into opportunity. Instead of letting her hardships define her, she found someone who believed in her and in what was possible.
Her hashtag may be longer than most, but it speaks of resiliency, hope, and – of course – infinite possibility.