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Monday, December 9, 2013

Monday Quotable

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I had a wonderful experience last week volunteering as a mentor for high school aged girls through a mentoring forum hosted by Junior Achievement. At the end of the day, the girls were challenged to open up and share the work they'd done that day. Sensing some hesitation on the part of my mentee, I pushed a little but not too much. I remember when I was her age and the thought of speaking in front of 100+ people would have sent me running for the hills. After a couple of people presented, I turned to her and said, "You've got this." She smiled and went up to the stage to share her work. She finished about a minute later but as she walked back to her seat, she was a different person. I could see her shining from the inside. I saw that look on the faces of so many girls that day. It's like a fire was ignited-a fire that could change the trajectory of their lives. Sounds dramatic, right? It's true though. Even though it was in a small way, it showed them that having the courage to step out on a limb develops confidence. Learning that at a young age changes lives. Keeping it going as you age expands your life. Happy Monday! 

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