Thursday, September 22, 2011

Overcoming your deepest fear

Weekend 4Cast
The 4 things I’m dying to share that can’t wait until Monday

1 – Afraid to fail….or afraid to succeed? -
I heard this quote in an audio book I’m listening to right now (Stephen Covey’s The 8th Habit) and it was exactly what I needed to hear at the moment. One of the most powerful quotes I’ve ever encountered:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?...

Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you...And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. - Marianne Williamson (bold mine)
“Do not get comfortable with average. You are more than average. Rise above average.” – Isa Adney ;)

2 – My favorite professor –
It seems tests are in the air and many of you are managing relationships with professors and figuring out where you stand after that first test. Having great relationships with my professors in and out of the classroom directly led to my winning the $110,000 Jack Kent Cooke scholarship and getting straight A's and 100's on tests/essays (and not because they liked me or because I was a super genius...but because I asked for their help early and often and took their advice).

How many conversations have you had with your professors so far this semester?  If you haven't started yet, I recommend starting with my fav – The Chatty Professor. Like her on Facebook. Read her blog. And unlock the door to opportunities and insights that only your professors can bring. 

3 – Win a FREE Samsonite backpack –
If you haven’t yet be sure to enter to win in the top right-hand corner. It is the famous Samsonite Tectonic backpack I wrote about a few weeks ago. I decided to give one away and was just going to buy it myself and send it to the winner and then Samsonite said they’d send it/pay for it themselves! How cool is that?! Enter for your chance to win. Contest will end 9/30.

4 – You you you you you you you you you I wanna talk about YOU :) –
I want to know more about you. As I’ve been getting paid speaking gigs and as I’m writing my book I’ve been thinking deeply about what you really need and really want. I know I have tons of information that will help you in your life, but I also know it will never help anyone if it doesn’t address your true concerns, your true goals, your true needs. 

I’ve learned so much by talking to students every day in my job and at my speaking engagements, but I want to know more. I want to know you. You taking the time to share where you are in life right now will not only help you in the reflective process, but it will help countless others who were too busy to share what college students need. Please tell me more about you in one of three ways:

And as always keep sending any question/scenario/life situation you’re dealing with to Some questions will end up on the vlog (anonymously and with your permission of course) and all questions will be answered personally.

I hope you know how much you inspire me. Every single day. I couldn’t do it without your dreams. Your honesty. Your hard work. Your dedication. 

Thank you so much! Have a great weekend. Do something relaxing. And sleep. Please sleep all my procrastinator students who have been putting off sleep to study. You know who you are ;) 

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