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Episode 314th August 2021 • Lift As You Climb • Isabel Banerjee
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The original recording and release of this episode took place in March, 2021. Now merely 4 months later... So much has changed and happened, that I felt it was time to re release this episode for you. Additionally, technology has provided us with better tools to improve. So we're updating this entire episode.

This also gives me an opportunity to update you on the reason for this podcast...  The inspiration behind it, and an explanation on the 5 themes that are constant throughout the episodes that will follow.  You already know that the podcast is called the Lift As You Climb Podcast. It was inspired by the Lift As You Climb Movement, which is a Facebook Group that I hope you will join.

Enjoy this episode, please...  If you find something of value in this, if it resonates with you, or if you feel that it might resonate with a friend or lift them up.  Share this podcast. And always, I encourage you to come into the Facebook Group...  Lift As You Climb Movement, and share your ideas and suggestions for other topics.  Have an epic life!

About the Host:


Isabel Banerjee

Your Next Business Strategist and Transformation Catalyst

 

Dynamic, a self-made entrepreneur who overcame obstacles with an unrelenting positive nature, a farm girl work ethic, and a conscious choice to thrive rather than survive, Isabel Alexander Banerjee cultivated an award-winning, $10 million+ global chemical business and grew it from dining room table to international boardrooms.

 

Isabel’s strengths include the ability to initiate & nurture strategic relationships, a love of lifelong learning and talents for helping others maximize their potential. An inspiring speaker within both industry and community, she is a driving force behind those with the courage to follow her example of thriving against the odds.

 

With 50+ years of business experience across diverse industries, Isabel is respected as an advisor, a coach, a mentor, and a role model. She believes in sharing collective wisdom and empowering others to economic independence.

 

Founder of the Lift As You Climb Movement (www.facebook.com/groups/liftasyouclimbmovement)

and

Chief Encore Officer, The Encore Catalyst (www.theencorecatalyst.com) – an accelerator for feminine wisdom, influence, and impact.

also

Author & Speaker ‘Who Am I Now? – Feminine Wisdom Unmasked Uncensored’ (www.IsabelBanerjee.com)

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/isabelalexanderbanerjee/

 

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Episode number one of the Lift As You Climb podcast.

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It's surreal for me to hear my voice saying those words out loud.

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You know, I've always had a dream to have a TV show, a radio show, or well...

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now a podcast.

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And here it is, the day has arrived.

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I'm 66 years old...

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And never say never, because the adventure continues.

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I feel like I've got the seasons pass for a trip through Womanhood Wonderland.

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I am always experiencing something new.

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Adding to my lifetime degree, which I call QBE...

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Qualified By Experience.

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Bringing me here to this day...

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After having written and published a book 2 years ago, called Who Am I Now?:

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Feminine Wisdom, Unmasked and Uncensored.

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And it's that book that is the catalyst for this podcast.

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Because in sharing my story about how I grew up into womanhood and

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how I continue to grow into my super powers and my CEOness in my life.

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That a marvelous thing took place...

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Other women started to share their stories with me too.

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And it was in that sharing that we all discovered.

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It wasn't just us.

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We were not alone.

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In fact, there were a lot of things going on in silos, and isolation

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that we were not aware of...

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That together collaboratively, collectively, we can move

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forward at a much faster pace.

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That's a bit of the underpinning of Lift As You Climb, which

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is a personal mantra of mine.

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It has been for decades, and it hints at the story of my life.

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I will talk to you more about how that shows up, what it means to me, and

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why I created a movement called Lift As You Climb; Live your legacy and

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empower others to create their's.

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But going back to the idea, the origins of this podcast, are thoughts about my

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own values, and life experience, and learning, that I wish that someone would

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have shared with me, earlier in my life.

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Or more candidly, more truthfully...

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And that's what this is for...

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I'm here now to just share it all with you!

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Like the book cover says, Unmasked and Uncensored.

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Now you can imagine after 66 years of living full-out...

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And I'll tell you how I justify that...

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That I have a lot of stories to say.

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And a lot of things to share with you...

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So that you could compare, and vet how those are in your life.

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I thought about the values in my life...

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Now, because I believe that our values grow with us.

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The values of trust and collaboration, and uplifting and beauty, are very important.

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When I really thought about the most important things that

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I wanted to share with you...

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And I'm going to guess that you're a woman, maybe in your 40s, 50s, 60s...

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You're an entrepreneur...

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Never too old to do something new, never too young to start.

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The themes that are most prevalent for me, are the themes of...

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Experience...

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Evolution...

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Essence...

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Economy...

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and Encore.

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And so, here I am, in my home office...

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Speaking to you, out there, wherever you are in the world...

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And I am about to share a very intimate, but truthful exposure to what I believe

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I have learned in my lifetime...

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And what I still would like to learn more about.

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So in terms of thinking about...

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Experience....

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And you'll notice that those 5 themes for the podcast, all begin with the

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letter E, and I'm not sure why...

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But since my last name is Banerjee, which sounds like energy...

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perhaps, that's how that came to fruition.

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Experience is what I consider our vault of lifetime value.

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The ability to stop and take stock periodically, and remind ourselves

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of just how much we do know.

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The tacit knowledge that we have accumulated, the strengths that

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we have refined and grown, and the skills that we have acquired.

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The knowledge that we have from everyday living and doing.

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Equal to, considerably greater than, education in a formal institution.

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And I'm not saying that...

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Just because I graduated from high school at the age of 16, and walked away.

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I'm saying it because I do believe that there are many forms of

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education, and they all add up to the sum total of our lifetime value.

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Evolution.

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We build on our experience and the knowledge that we have,

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and the life experiences.

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And we continue to evolve and grow.

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It's extremely important to me, to always feel like my life is expanding...

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another E word...

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That I challenge myself to learn...

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To associate with others who can teach me...

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To share what I know with others as well...

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And to always have a bigger vision for my life, and what I can do to

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impact others, and live my legacy while I'm here, now, to enjoy it...

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To be a role model for my children, and my grandchildren, and my nieces and

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nephews, and the people around me...

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My family and my community, and the business community that I am in, and

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the philanthropic duties that I have.

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All of that learning and growing and evolving then...

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Brings me to the next realization...

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And that is that...

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I'm continually changing.

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No wonder...

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I have reached several pivotal times in my life when I've said, quite emphatically...

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Who am I now?

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Because I am no longer that person.

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I have evolved and transformed and reinvented...

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So many times in my life.

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And how grateful for that am I.

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Even though...

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candidly, truthfully...

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Some of those transformations, I have resisted.

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I clung on to what was familiar for me in the past.

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The identity that I felt safe in.

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But to continue to explore and refine who I am now...

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It's really a privilege.

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I get that.

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And I encourage you all...

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Gee, the "E" words are just coming out of everywhere today...

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Exploring, now encouraging...

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To know that your identity is not fixed.

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It is not frozen in a period of time in your life, or career that you have...

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Or a last name that you had, a relationship that you were involved in.

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It is fluid and expansive, and growing all the time.

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The essence of you is there...

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But it gets to be more refined as you get older...

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And as you are open to that exploration of yourself.

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No, I'm an entrepreneur...

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Again, the "E" letter...

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And so, entrepreneurial factors are extremely important to me,

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the economy, to be able to empower myself, as an entrepreneur, to be

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independent economically, and to have the power to grant wishes.

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Starting with my own, but have the ability to have enough to share,

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and plenty to spare, and be able to help and influence others.

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Which is always a part of Lift As You Climb...

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Being able to support and invest in others as well.

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Economy means influence for me...

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What am I doing, that will influence the quality of my life, my growth...

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And how will that allow me to influence positively other people.

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And the 5th "E" that I want to focus on in this podcast

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for the next while is Encore.

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Because for me...

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It's all about that realization...

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That when I didn't know who I was for a period of time

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in my life, and I was lost...

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Feeling like...

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Who am I?

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That I realized with great joy, that I had the opportunity

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for an Encore role in my life.

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That if I looked at my life as that opportunity to be the star...

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Of my own life, center stage...

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That I could choose the script, write it for myself, produce it, choose the cast

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and crew that is going to support me in that next and best role in my life.

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That's been absolutely the joy of freeing myself up...

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To going...

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No, I don't have to fit in a box, that society said, at some time in

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the past, that I should fit into...

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When I'm a white, female in my sixties, living in North America,

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and that I am a grandmother...

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That I should, you know, be ready to slide into retirement.

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NO!!!

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Another "E" word...

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Expiry...

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I don't have an expiry date.

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I'm looking forward to now imagining and executing...

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Oh my gosh, "E"s are flowing...

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What I'm going to do for the next...

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10, 20, 30, 40...

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Who knows?

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Maybe 50 more years of my life, and how do I have a greater vision all the time?

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Growing, setting examples, influencing others, creating greater impact.

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For me, for the people close to me that I love, but also having that impact...

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Ripple out around the globe.

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So that, more women and children, are economically empowered and independent,

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and that affects all of the population.

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My conversations and my thought, and my heart, are not excluding men...

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On the contrary...

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We're all holding an equal responsibility on the planet.

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I believe each have feminine energy and male energy, and we need both

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of those for success in all areas.

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My heart does belong to helping other women, supporting them, and

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encouraging that growing attitude...

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That women empower each other, and create a very wonderful ripple of

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positive impact around the world.

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You know, I began as a girl on a farm...

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Didn't have the story book, childhood relationship with my father.

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I had a challenging relationship there, and domestically, there

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were reasons to want to walk away at the age of 16, and not go back.

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Even after, I found out at 16, that I was already pregnant...

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after I'd left home.

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I had $75 in my pocket and one suitcase.

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And I thought I had one shot to figure it out.

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Who was I going to become?

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Because I was presently, in that moment, a child...

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And I was about to be responsible for the life of another human being.

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Fortunately for me, growing up on that farm, equipped me

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with a lot of strong skills.

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I had a strong work ethic.

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I observed my parents in entrepreneurial capacities.

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I worked for other entrepreneurs, and I had acquired a lot of skills...

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Even though I wasn't cognizant of it at the time that I was

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learning customer service, and cash management, and teamwork and reception

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skills, and bookkeeping skills...

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And on and on and on.

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Fortunately those helped that skinny, scared 16 year old...

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Stand up straight, look more confident...

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Seem much more mature, than my actual years.

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And it enabled me to get employment and be able to provide for myself,

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and my growing little family.

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Continuing through that experience...

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I learned as I took on each new job, to ask for more work,

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more than I was capable of...

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More than maybe I was ready for.

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But the fact that I keenly asked to take it on...

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And did my best to learn, and do really well for my employers.

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They continued to give me more and more responsibility.

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And for that, I'm very grateful, because that was the underpinning for me to

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be able to become an entrepreneur...

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To build my own company, just a few decades later.

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So for now, I'd just like to leave you with the thoughts that we are.

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Evolving constantly in our lives.

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And that every time we do something new, we take on something new...

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Like starting a podcast at age 66...

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That we've never been that before.

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We've never been that me before, but each and every time...

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That we take on this new role, this new identity, this new...

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huge goal.

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Our life before our skills, our experience, our strengths, have

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been preparing us for exactly that.

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And each and every time we figure out how to be that next us.

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I'll leave you with that today.

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I look forward to sharing more!

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I invite you to take a look in the mirror, and see who you are now.