Stylish, classy, and most of all, intelligent, America’s First Lady is one heck of an inspiration and not just because she knows how to dress well (although I would not turn down the chance to have a good rifle through her wardrobe!). A graduate of Harvard Law School, a mother and a passionate campaigner, Michelle Obama is a great example of a woman who has been successful in many areas in her life, but not without a lot of hard work and effort. She is a great leader and influencer in her own right as she does not stand in the shadow of her husband. Here are a few snippets of wisdom from Michelle to carry with you in your life and career:
#1 Do a good deed in the same way you dance: like no one’s watching
Do something because feels good to help others, not simply to look good.
“Helping others means more than getting ahead yourself”
#2 You are unique and you alone can make a difference
More importantly, as hard as it gets, you must always have hope, even if you feel like you have nothing else.
“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us the courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”
#3 Work hard, and don’t be afraid of being seen to work hard
Making everything look effortless isn’t actually as cool as being seen to work hard and motivate yourself to reach that end goal, whatever it may be.
“I never cut class. I love getting A’s, I liked being smart. I liked being on time. I thought being smart is cooler than anything in the world.”
#4 Never underestimate the power of exercise and socialising (or both)
Always give yourself some time out to breathe, reflect, de-stress and laugh.
“Exercise is really important to me. So if I’m ever feeling tense or stressed or like I’m about to have a meltdown, I’ll put on my iPod and head to the gym or out on a bike ride along Lake Michigan with the girls.” “It’s ok to put yourself a little higher on the priority list.”
#5 Surround yourself by positive people who want what’s best for you
Stay true to yourself and your beliefs, even if it means not agreeing with everyone around you. Your opinion is just as valid as everyone else’s.
“Do not bring people into your life who weigh you down… trust your instincts.” “Just do what works for you, because there will always be someone who thinks differently.”
What do you think of Michelle Obama; how does she inspire you? If you need more inspiration from successful career driven women, check out everything we’ve learned from Estée Lauder or this great career advice from Alicia Keys.
By Genieve Crump