Welcome back for 2019. We’re back after being unplugged for a couple of weeks.
The weather was so lovely in Sydney, we managed to get to the beach pretty much every day. I just had to try to get my beach shot with the wave wiping out 2018 and in fact had a lot of fun trying to get it right. So many attempts to get the “best shot”
The other joy of the break was having lots of time for reading. I’d been saving up “Becoming” by Michelle Obama for my summer reading. Having almost met her at the Mind Body Conference I was keen to read her biography. Read more about Michelle at the conference here
She is a story teller and the book is a very easy read. It’s the classic Hero’s journey and told well. The paper is beautiful quality and the print is just the right size for enjoyable reading. Michelle reads the book for audible if you’re keen to listen instead of reading.
Which is my favourite story?
There are 2 really.
At first she didn’t want Barack to run for President. She wanted to keep him all to herself and for their girls – not share him with millions of people. That story is long, emotionally complicated and totally understandable.
Can any of us imagine sharing a family member with the whole country? the whole world? I’d not thought about this previously. It’s a big ask of a young family.
My other favourite story is about how she travelled to school. You may not be surprised to learn that the young Michelle was extremely ambitious regarding her studies.
She caught the bus to school and it was almost 2 hours from her home to the school. She and a friend travelled together and by the time the bus got to their bus stop in the morning it was full and they had to stand the whole way. That in itself wasn’t the issue for Michelle. She wanted to be able to use the time to study so she and her friend caught a bus 20 minutes earlier in the opposite direction to be on their regular bus while there were seats.
I thought this was a terrific reminder about business and work and life … in general.
Some times it is what can feel like, a step backwards in order to go forward – faster, more effectively or with greater impact.
The book is terrific, as are most biographies. The moment Michelle decides to back Barack for President she then throws herself into it wholeheartedly, and the rest … is history!!
Have you read it?
What’s your favourite Michele Obama story?
Have a terrific week and let’s go take care of our great clients and customers…..
Ingrid Thompson in one of Australia’s foremost authorities in the area of getting ready to start a small business. For the past ten years Ingrid has worked with hundreds of people to create, start and grow their own business.
She is the author of “So You Want to Start a Business.” This book completely changes the way people think about getting started in their own business. When she is not spending time with her family and her 4 cats she can be found surfing at Bondi or on her yoga or Pilates mat.