I am so excited to be returning to Western University in London on May 9 to present to student leaders through the Rotary Seminar for Tomorrow's Leader's 2015. It is such an honour to share my message and the 'activism in a box' toolkit that I've been developing this past year.
A big part of my message simply is about attitude. It is something you find within yourself. It is the belief you hold and cradle with tender loving care. It is the flame of belief that you know deep inside matters to you. It is what fuels you to move forward and find ways to share your gifts with the world.
I believe that we all have greatness inside of us and even if people have said things that cause us to feel otherwise, our attitude helps us so much. It just means taking the first step and making a little (even if it is a small one) of all the things you like best about yourself. Then, when you feel worried or scared that you aren't able to do something important, think about people you admire who have gone before you and list the things you really admire about them. Maybe it is courage, honesty, kindness or strength. Whatever it is, let these characteristics or attributes become your motivation. There are so many people in the world that failed so many times before they were successful. Their attitude and belief in themselves is what helped pull them through the tough times.
I've included a video about famous people who had a lot of negative feedback and failures, but who never gave up on their dreams or on themselves.
I know you have something important you believe in and it is worth sharing with the world. Take that first step start doing what you believe is important. What is your cause? How can you help? Where can you volunteer? There are many wonderful places and ideas to start looking. The Internet is a great resource to help you find like-minded people and organizations to support you. Use your attitude and the energy inside you to take that first step. It may feel like the scariest step, but it will be the beginning of your next amazing journey!
"We never know the worth of water till the well is dry." ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732