A few weeks back, I went out to meet with a very honorable figure in our community, Safiya Bandele. I was so honored to be able to sit and talk to this great woman, who has empowered and assisted so many young women in achieving peaks of success. In the midst of us getting to know each other she asked me a question that I never really thought of. She simply asked me “whats your motivation?”. This may seem like a simple question to you but it really made me think. I know that I have a drive out of this world and am very ambitious. However, I never took the time to question what is my feul. Why do I want to be great? What causes me to wake up every morning and grind harder to make my dreams come true?
When I began to seek the answer for this question it came to me! My motivation stems from my childhood. Watching how hard my mother work to ensure that my brother and I would want for nothing was my motivation. Not only did I not want to see myself struggle as she did throughout the years, but I do not want to see her struggle for the rest of her life. I made up it my mind that if I work hard and diligently enough I could become successful enough to ease the load on my mother.
My brother also became my motivation. As his older sister I dont want to see him be anything less than great. I decided that if I lead by example and show him that hard work does pay off, he would follow my example.
Lastly, when I began the PurposefullyPretty organization and saw all of the different types of young women who became apart, they became my motivation. Many young women are not taught about purpose or being all that they could be at home. Some of the young women are taught this at home, but do not apply it unless they see someone lead by example. I made up in my mind that I would b that example. The young women of PurposefullyPretty are the reason why I will not slip up. They are one of the reasons why I work so hard and am so focus on my pursuit. I want to be an example to them that its okay to stand for something. It is cool to work hard toward something. By pursuing my career in medicine, I want to show them that even what they think is impossible is actually possible. We are able to be doctors lawyers fashion designers and entrepreneurs. Sky is the limit.
Now that you know my motivation, take some time to reflect on yours. Allow whatever it is you deem your motivation to be that fuel that pushes you into the direction of your destiny.
Strive to be PurposefullyPretty🌺