The United States continues to perceive leadership as the almost exclusive purview of men, insisting that for women biology is our primary, even ONLY destiny.
What I experienced and what I saw in my military career was that women with children could be wives OR they could be leaders, but it was rare to see a woman fulfilling all three roles successfully for any length of time.
But one leader at a time, that reality is changing. And I am here for that change!
Capacity is simply the ability or power to fulfill your purpose. Capacity is raw, undiscovered, undeveloped, or unrefined. It is the talent to fulfill your purpose, the determination to not be deterred from your purpose, and the perseverance to stay on the journey to your purpose.
“You’re not given a dream unless you have the capacity to fulfill it.” ~ Jack Canfield
Not everyone discovers their purpose early or gets sustained support if they do. That doesn’t mean we can’t act on our desires and use our talents to fulfill our purpose … as soon as we know what it is. In fact, it doesn’t matter how or even when we get to our purpose. It only matters that when the discovery is made, we strive to live in and on purpose.
“The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” ~ Robert Bryne
Our purpose is sometimes revealed in unexpected, sometimes sad, even violent ways … like when we experience something personally or something happens to someone close to us and we feel compelled to act. Candy Lightner founded Mothers Against Drunk Driving after a drunk driver, who had a history of arrests for intoxication, hit and killed her daughter.
Whose life will be saved by the protection your passion puts into place?
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sometimes we’re exposed to something for the very first time and we don’t believe it’s possible to live without this …something in our lives. Think Misty Copeland, the first African American female principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. Misty wasn’t introduced to ballet until the relatively late age of 13 yet was dancing en pointe three months later. What if she had never taken that first class?
Now she’s creating opportunities for young kids of color to discover the discipline of ballet.
Who needs to be exposed to your passion?
“I’m 5’2″; I started when I was 13, I’m Black, but I’ve made it happen. I’m very lucky to be where I am … it’s possible.” ~ Misty Copeland