I know, I know,
Alisha + Reading = Not possible
Well, you’d be surprised how one book can change your whole perception of reading.
On March 25th, I was at home (quarantine life) and preparing to read this exact book, Becoming by Michelle Obama. The moment I flipped through the first page, everything changed.
This was my first time reading a book that wasn’t total garbage. (no offence)
I am clearly in love, but don’t just take it from me there are over 1 million people who have read this book and loved it. I will be breaking down some points that I think we all can learn from!
- Embrace your past
Michelle Obama was one of the minorities, not only was she black, but she was living in a small apartment with her family of 4. Growing up and getting two IVY LEAGUE degrees, she was ashamed of telling people about her past. Through the help of her friends, she realized that her past is what made her who she is today.
So, embrace who you are.
“Your past got you to where you are today. It has given you both vulnerabilities and strengths. It has given you gifts, and one of the greatest gifts is that you still have life left in you. The past is with you to remind you that yesterday’s heights can be today’s starting point.” — Unknown
Old Alisha — Scared to share her stories and embrace her past
Thanks to Michelle Obama
New Alisha — Uses her past and her experiences as her STRENGTH!
2. Take Risks
Believe it or not, Michelle Obama did not want Barack Obama running for the senate and president. I mean she had two kids and was working full time, with a husband who was away almost every day. However, she sacrificed her own needs for the hope that her husband could accomplish what she believed was IM-possible. Now if that isn’t taking risks I don’t know what is.
I always used to wonder why people looked up to people such as Elon Musk and Greta Thunberg. But after much thought, I realized that it wasn’t because these individuals have many accomplishments but because they do things that many believe they are not capable of doing.
The moral of the story is to take risks, you don’t know what the outcome is whether it’s bad or good BUT if you don’t take the risk you will never know the outcome.
3. Long term thinking
Many say that the best founders are the ones who are long term thinkers.
I don’t believe that.
I think the best PEOPLE are long term thinkers!
Michelle Obama is such a great example of a long term thinker. I think as her experience of being the first lady and being with Barack enhances she learns more about thinking in the long run.
Long term thinkers are people who think about “what it could be”, and the possibilities for the future.
Whether it be for decoration in the white house or a speech at Buckingham Palace, Michelle Obama always thought of what it could be compared to what it is.
Don’t only think about what is going on, or what is happening, think about what could be going on or what could happen.
Why do you ask?
Well, there’s a quote that says
“A vision without execution is just a hallucination”
4. Me to We mindset
How do most people think?
- What is wrong with the people I know
- Why do I have such a small house
- How am I so much dumber than (insert name)
- Why am I getting such cheap food
Can you guess the common thing in all the sentences?
Well, it’s the word I.
Now don’t worry Michelle Obama was not born perfect and selfless. She was a normal girl, with only concerns about herself, however after meeting Barack, and listening to him contemplate other people’s concerns she realized that there are so many BIGGER problems. Not saying that your problems are not important. BUT, we should be thankful for what we have.
Barack Obama, cared for people’s concerns, he never asked himself once if he was satisfied with himself. Which made him a PHENOMENAL president.
Remember that your problems are IMPORTANT!
So READ THE BOOK!
If you didn’t get that message by now, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.
- Embrace your past
- Take Risks
- Be a long term thinker
- Turn your mindset from Me to We
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