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Resilience and Tenacity

July 21, 2008

A few months ago I got ready for work, I heard a news reporter say, “The women are keeping her in the race.” I turned around to see they were talking about Hillary Clinton’s run for the White House. As a true believer in women in all walks of life striving and succeeding in their dreams, I loved the comment. But right after that comment was the statement, “Why doesn’t she just make the decision to get out now since she is behind in delegates.” I can’t imagine how difficult it is to ponder the thought of walking away from such an incredible dream when you have worked so hard and are close to the finish line.

 

We might not all be in Hillary’s party but we’ve been in Hillary’s position sometime in our life. We see what we want. We work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year towards our dream. We strategize. We revise. We remain resilient. At times when we take one step backwards, we know tomorrow gives us the chance to take two steps forward.  We don’t give up. We keep trying. We work hard. We remain confident.

 

At a recent Women TIES luncheon, guest speaker Carmen Munson of the company To Climb Higher (http://www.toclimbhigher.com) discussed how goal setting leads to entrepreneurial confidence. Women entrepreneurs must have goals to move confidently forward every day in their business. Munson said, “Your long term goal is your North Star, high in the sky, clearly in focus, guiding you. Your short term goals are your compass, setting you in the right direction to get to the North Star. You need both to achieve your highest aspirations.”

 

As you go through your work week, I hope you keep your North Star dream in your heart, your compass by your side and momentum to take two steps forward. Use Hillary’s resilience as an example of the deep seeded tenacity, passion and hard work women have when they have a goal in mind. We can do it by our own power and with “other women keeping us going.”

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  1. July 24, 2008 7:45 pm

    I admit that I voted for Obama in the primary, and I think he shows some of the same resilient spirit that Clinton does. I do really respect Clinton though for her tenacity, and above all for the classy, respectful way she accepted her defeat in the end. She is one lady to be admired and emulated.

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