Miriam Abbott’s secret to success

IMG_1617Miriam Abbott—writer, professor, and personal trainer—gave a talk on being the best you can be to the girls. Miriam shared her secret to success:

Nobody ever told her “no.”

Nobody ever told her that she couldn’t (or shouldn’t) do something. She was raised with parents who encouraged her to work hard and follow her dreams. When she had an idea, they built her up rather than tearing it down.

The first time anybody told her that she couldn’t do something when she was in graduate school. They told her, “You can’t drop out in the middle of exams.” She did.

By that age, it was too late. She already knew she could do whatever she wanted to do.

Miriam asked her friends what message they would share with young girls if given the opportunity, and she condensed the responses into seven pieces of advice:

  1. Love yourself first
  2. Have faith in something
  3. You may not lead others, but you can always lead yourself
  4. Trust your gut
  5. Leave the world better than you found it
  6. Fail often
  7. Not everyone will like you

Beyond that, she asked the girls the opposite. What advice would you give to adults? They came up with some great answers:

  1. It doesn’t matter how old you look—you’re supposed to age
  2. Be yourself
  3. Don’t follow what other people do

It is so crucial that she asked that question because girls need to hear that their opinions matter! Miriam understood the value of learning from the girls just as easily as they could learn from her.

Thanks for coming in and sharing your wisdom, Miriam. The girls really enjoyed it!

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