By Mireille Massue
Vala Afshar, the Chief Digital Evangelist at Salesforce, a cloud based customer relationship platform, highlights ’15 Habits of Lucky People’ in one of his tweet. These five women not only serve as prime examples of all fifteen habits, but are the role models we can learn from.
1. Avil Beckford
Her Inspiration: Avil Beckford, a Jamaican native who found her way to Toronto, Canada, turned her passion and curiosity into a tag line “Learn, Stretch, and Grow” inspiring us to read learn and share.
Beckford’s company The Invisible Mentor is built on her belief that “readers are leaders”, prompting her to spend two years in developing the Strategic Reading Challenge, which is garnering growing attention amongst top North American business leaders and educators. There has also been a persistent request to get her course accredited. She is in high demand as an interviewer, brand storyteller, thought leader for business and education. Beckford also has had multiple requests to write for numerous business magazines, including the popular Forbes Magazine.
Her hard work, persistence, curiosity, dedication and grace has discovered an audience of influential people who will be the subject of her next book on how learning and reading has impacted their lives.
2. Harriet Ann Jacobs
Studying history lets us put context around historical events by allowing us to see through the eyes, minds and hearts of the historical figures we read about. Unfortunately, history hasn’t always been fair but studying history allows us to learn about ourselves and appreciate how far we have come.
Born into slavery in 1813, Harriet Jacobs was the first Black woman to write about her horrific experiences as a slave, in her 1861 book Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. The subject matter in those days was extremely taboo and controversial, but her courage to learn how to write and share her experiences allows us today to openly discuss topics of sexual harassment and abuse in a more empathetic manner.
3. Michaëlle Jean
Michaëlle Jean’s family are descendants of slaves. In 1968, Michaëlle Jean and her family fled Haiti, in during the brutal Duvalier dictatorship and made Thetford Mines, Québec their home. She occupies a number of firsts in her dossier – being the first Black reporter on French TV news in Canada, and the first person of African heritage to become Canada’s 27th Governor-General (2005-2010). Jean later became the first woman to serve as Secretary-General of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (2015– ).
Her power, passions and voice to advance human rights and the rights of women, support the arts and draw attention to the socio-economic problems of the Canadian North are admirable.
Check out her documentary A Woman of Purpose for some more inspiration!
4. Serena Williams
Serena Williams is a 23 time Grand Slam Tennis Champion with a strong belief in the strength of women, strong leadership qualities and being a role model. Throughout her career, Serena has made a conscious effort to use her voice on various platforms, sharing her power to the women of the world.
At the Super Bowl LIII Serena’s voice called out to all women with a 30 second ad titled ‘The Ball is in Her Court’, saying: “I want women to feel empowered to find their voice and use the power within to create change, to lift each other up, and to never let the world tell us we can't--because we can, and we will."
Watch the Ad and share with @vibe105to what makes you powerful
Your Inspiration: Instead of saying “why me?” change it to say “why not me?” We always look outside of ourselves for inspiration, but what if you became your own inspiration.
What you become are the stories you create, share and connect with. As Michelle Obama shares with Oprah on her book ‘Becoming’: “When you tap into your true story and share that truth, it resonates with people regardless of colour and location and region.”
Why not ‘become’ the best version of you and share your story with VIBE105. Your story may inspire someone to make a positive impact that brings us all closer together. That is the ‘Power of YOU.’