Every time that the Massachusetts Educational Foundation sponsors a breakfast, they always have the most inspirational speakers. I was blown away by listening to Siiri Morely, founder of Prosperity Candle.
Siiri demonstrates how to be a good citizen of the world and serves as an example that other small business owners can follow. I have always been a big fan of helping people less fortunate, but there are huge differences between women who are less fortunate in the United States versus women living in Afghanistan or Iraq. I can only imagine the impact that Siiri’s kindness and business acumen has had for these women.
I am always struck by how a person arrived at the place in life where they currently are. What was their journey like? What road blocks did they encounter and how did they overcome them?
Siiri outlined her journey quite clearly and it made perfect sense to me why she is successful. She was not born into a wealthy family that provided her with educational opportunities or a path free of financial road blocks. She was raised by two teachers who understood the value of a good education. As parents, they made decisions that would allow their daughter to attend the best schools. Siiri did her part by being a good student and earning scholarships to pay for some of her education.
The educational nugget for me in all of this was that while all of us have different birth families with different resources and values, we can all still find a way to follow our hearts.
I believe we are much better citizens in our own corner of the world if we are doing things that make us happy and use the gifts we have been given to their highest potential. While it is sometimes difficult to figure out what our talents are and how best to use them, it is much easier to do that if we surround ourselves with people who support our ideas and value us for what makes us unique and special.
Personally, I did not come from a family that told me that I could be whatever I wanted to be. We were much too practical for that! My journey led me to this Network and I have met many women who inspire me and who believe that I can be whatever I want to be. If you want that kind of support in your life to achieve your goals, then jump on board. I’ll save a seat for you.