Dealing with Adversity

“The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there.
People will follow.”
Seth Godin, Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us

My new favorite leader is Debbie Sterling. She created Goldie Blox™, an award-winning engineering toy for girls that combines a girl’s natural love of storytelling with a construction set.

As one of a very small number of females in engineering school, Debbie Sterling realized how hard it was to not fit in. And she decided to create a different future so that our daughters do not have the same experience that we did when they get to college.

I love how Ms. Sterling dealt with adversity:

  • She didn’t give up when engineering school was tough, and instead worked even harder to earn her degree.
  • She approached toy companies when her idea wasn’t accepted by a tech accelerator.
  • When toy companies refused to see her vision, she created a Kickstarter campaign and got her own funding to make Goldie Blox™ a reality.

I can tell you what my daughter is getting this Christmas!

About Michelle Smeby

Michelle Smeby is CEO of wHolistic Change, Inc. with more than 10 years of experience implementing enterprise solutions at Fortune 100 companies. Michelle specializes in helping corporations deliver transformational change.
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