To be “it” you have to be able to see “it” so let’s make sure they see “it” in you.”
You never know who is watching you and who can learn from your experiences. Sharing the journey we are making and the things we learned along the way is something we must all do. It costs nothing but pays us back in ways that cannot be measured. Others learn from the success of your career, your strength in the face of adversity, your struggle to be and do your best, and the examples you set in encouraging, mentoring, and inspiring others around you. Your actions are what they see and ultimately may be the “it” for which they are searching.
It is so affirming to see so many “firsts” happening around us especially Maya Chaka, the NFL’s first female African American Referee, and Kamala Harris, the First female, African American vice-presidential running mate on a major party ticket, and First African American Vice President. Their accomplishments and those of others like them through the years should not and cannot be overlooked. Some say that they are tired of hearing about “firsts.” To that I respond that it took too long to get here. When the day comes diversity is truly part of the fiber of this country and something to be celebrated and embraced then the norm will be to celebrate everyone and their accomplishments.
People of all ages need to see themselves reflected in all levels of society and employment in order to see their dreams as something achievable. It will give everyone a reason to dream bigger and reach further because we know that with hard work you can achieve incredible things. As you continue your own journey remember that we can all be it for ourselves and for others because it is what matters.