I had a different view of myself growing up.
The messages I received from the world around me, taught me that my options were limited. So I never focused on doing much more than what was expected of me. I was often frustrated by my circumstances. I knew I wanted more but wasn't sure how to go about it.
I went to college because it seemed the only way to move forward, plus, my best friend was going to college and I didn't want to be left behind.
I enjoyed theater in high school and liked the idea of owning my own showcase venue one day. For me, theater represented a community of people coming together for a coordinated vision.
While in college I participated in the community service-learning program and started an after-school theater program at a local community center. Afterwards I continued to explore different opportunities that interested me and the things that would teach me the skills I needed, to do the things I wanted. The more I got involved, the more opportunities I saw to take the lead. Perhaps the biggest revelation I received during that time was this:
I could make things happen.
I had the power to communicate my vision, to bring an idea from concept to implementation, and to inspire others to believe a well. I could direct my path.
I didn't have to accept limitations on my life on who I thought I was or who I what others thought I could be. I sought out opportunities where I could direct my path towards the things that mattered to me. These roads led me to find teachers, mentors, and kindred spirits also on their leadership journey.
My discoveries came as a result of my willingness to grow my desire to exceed my own expectations. The Direct Your Purpose movement is about acknowledging your power to be the catalyst in your own leadership story.
I invite you to begin the journey.
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