Get real- do stuff you love

 

So we looked at the inner critic and your inner beauty. Now its time to leap.  To get real.  So come on,  do stuff  you love. Use your strengths and courage and follow your calling!

Enjoy this video!

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Kelly Marie Hamon- the power of courage

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In my third article on inspiring woman this month, I am excited  to introduce  my interview with Kelly Marie Hamon- a dynamic trainer. When I first started talking with Kelly and getting to know her, I was stuck by her passion and energy. I just had to get to Kelly to share  her journey . Kelly has an amazing story of courage, strength and inner wisdom.  I hope you are as inspired as I am.

 

A brief background

I taught many years within the community before becoming a professional teacher in 2004. When I was a young child I was diagnosed with a learning disability. I’ve just learnt differently than others. My challenges have made me a dynamic instructor/trainer. I have a unique perspective on learning and have been able to assist many people who were falling through the cracks.

When I was a young child I was diagnosed with a learning disability in English (reading/writing) and Math. I often joke; ‘English isn’t my first language’. I could not read until 8 th grade. No one believed I would be able to get through high school. I remember hearing my mother cry to her friend about my disability and her concern for my future.

When I was 14, I attended an early morning program in the L.D.S. Church.That year they were reading the New Testament. I wanted to be able to read like everyone else was, this is what I call positive peer pressure. So every night I tried, and prayed to be able to read…this went on for quite a while with marginal success until one day I found I was able to read the scriptures by myself. I went on to get an Associates Degree, a Bachelors Degree and  then a Masters Degree.

Your journey to become a trainer and the obstacles you overcame

My mother was always  supportive, she always told me I could do anything I set my mind to. In my first student teaching experience,  the teacher in charge was very critical. The experience was terrible. Thankfully a dear and sweet teacher gave me rave reviews and gave me tons of opportunities–-she trusted and believed in me and built me up.

I thought I would be seen as a fraud if anyone knew about my disabilities because I continued to see myself as stupid. Some days I still struggle, specially if I’m stressed. It wasn’t until 2014 that I began to openly talk about my disabilities, listening to my inner voice and my extremely supportive husband -I felt it was time. My students positive responses gave me the courage to tell my story/struggles to others–-it’s been freeing to finally be open about that part of me.

Lessons you would tell your younger self

My top 5 lessons are:

  1. “You are not your disability”
  2. “Believe in yourself”
  3.  “Walk through the fires of fear because you have plenty of gifts to share and bless peoples lives with”
  4. ”Realize your disability will help you understand others”
  5.  ”Listen to the supportive voices of friends and family and stay away from people who would bring you down”.

Hopes/goals/exciting news for the future

I started my business this year–-I teach small business owners,  entrepreneurs and educators how to use social media effectively. Find out more here:https://twitter.com/KellyHamon

My ultimate goals is to be on stage, talking to 1,000 people and getting them to do things they never thought they would be able to do. I also want to become a philanthropist like my friend , who believed in me and my abilities to become a trainer.

I hoped you enjoyed!

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The art of being yourself

 

This is a wonderful video about self identity and authentic self expression, by Caroline McHugh.  The topic is discussed through a well crafted framework in a form of a story. A story told by the side of the fire on a winters night. I don’t think I  can do this video justice through  my description – it just has to be experienced.

Caroline will inspire you!

 

Enjoy!

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Centred Leadership

This is a great video on  how remarkable women lead from Joanna Barsh. I found this clip and the whole body of work very inspiring. I believe leadership happens at all levels- this video is relevant to you wherever you are in your career.

I came across this video through the work of Sheryl Sandberg the founder of the lean in movement. I’ve talked lot about lean in,  in previous posts and, have run a lean in circle myself. I’m an advocate.

Once you have a look at this overview video, I highly recommend that you take the time to look at the whole series  – there are 7 videos: http://leanin.org/education/.

If you’re not already joined up to a circle this might be a great time to join.

Enjoy!

Oprah on Leadership

I’m really excited to share this video with you today. Oprah is an impressive individual and a personal inspiration to me. She has accomplished so much and overcome many challenges. As her first-hand testimony will show – a lot of hard work goes a long way.

The lesson that most struck me in this video was the importance of her own inner journey to her outward success. Oprah talks a lot about her self reflection. The ‘how’ and the ‘why’ questions behind what we do in work. This stood out to me, as often we think about what we want at work. What we want to be paid. What company we want to work in. What promotion we want next. Oprah talks a lot about mission, giving and contribution through our work. A great lens to look at leadership.

This is an extended video at over an hour long. It’s well worth it.

Let me know what your take aways were.

Enjoy!

Aspire to Lead

This is fantastic video on female leadership and confidence. I watched this web cast, live with thousands of others across the world- very exciting as we run up to International Women’s Day 2015.

The panel featured ‘The Confidence Code’ authors – Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, Eileen Naughton – Managing Director of Google UK and Ireland and Mike Fenlon PwC’s Global and US Talent leader.

This webcast is worth watching as it talks about:

  • the importance of risk taking
  • the benefits of taking action versus over-analysing,
  • how to build your own authentic confidence code,
  • how central it is to support others even if that means saying whats needs to be said
  • and finally do things even if you feel afraid.

There is plenty more -really insightful stuff.

Enjoy!

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? How to drive your career and create a remarkable future by Seth Godin

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? How to drive your career and create a remarkable future

What is it

This is a book about work in the modern age by Seth Godin. Seth is a prolific writer and blogger who talks about how the workplace has changed. He sees the industrial model of a job for life, producing the same thing over and over on the factory line as over. Seth calls us to action,  to adapt to succeed. To do this we need to care, to give and to produce gifts at work. To be a linchpin.

How is different
This isn’t a book about doing less or downsizing. His hypothesis is: coasting is risky. If your not giving your best you will be left behind. It’s an interesting notion as we ponder the New Year ahead.

How it can help
Seth asks us to accept that coasting is a waist of our time.Seth doesn’t just set a challenge, but sets out an alternative, a road map to be a linchpin, to produce art and succeed. A constitution of ideas if you like. What I took away as his top 5 cornerstone ideas are set out below. What are your thoughts?

1. Be different and create something that matters to you and the company- give emotional labour.
2. Create and ship. Beat the resistance.
3. There is no map, or people to tell you what to do. Make your own map. Lead.
4. Always give more than was asked, give gifts
5. Make mistakes, learn from them and keep giving.

Enjoy!