I recently finished reading Hillary Clinton’s book, Living History. There was a section near the end where she talked about the agonizing decision about whether or not she should make a campaign run to be a senator for New York. Her friends were advising against it, the press was going wild with speculation and exploring every negative aspect of the possibility. Yet still she debated whether this would be the right move for her. Her decision still unmade, she attended an event in New York City that was to honor an HBO film called “Dare to Compete” about the challenges for women in sports.
Sofia Totti, the captain of the girl’s basketball team featured in the HBO film, had the honor of introducing Hillary Clinton to the crowd. When Hillary walked to the podium she and the young woman shook hands and Sofia leaned toward her and whispered in her ear, “Dare to compete, Mrs. Clinton, dare to compete.”
Hillary Clinton wrote about this as a defining moment. In her own words: “Her comment caught me off guard, so much so that I left the event and began to think: Could I be afraid to do something I had urged countless other women to do? Why am I vacillating about taking on this race? Why aren’t I thinking more seriously about it? Maybe I should ‘dare to compete.’”
We all know where this attitude took Hillary Clinton in the years that followed. She not only became a formidable senator but recently dared to compete for the presidential nomination of the Democratic Party. As she has said, as well as many others, Hillary Clinton’s bold move put millions of cracks in a glass ceiling that limits the daring of women.
Is there something that you can apply this challenge to? Is there something you need to dare to compete about? If so, maybe it’s time to try it. Who knows where it might lead!
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