My 2019 reading goal is 20 books! Yes, 20…you read that correctly. As I grow older, I am realizing that autobiographies are more appealing to me and Becoming by Michelle Obama was just perfect!
So this is what happened, I got the book and sat on it for about maybe a month and a half, wasn’t reading it but just staring at it before sleeping. I was just not ready to read it yet I guess, so I did about 5 chapters and left it there. Because someone had lent me the book, I realized they would be needing their book back. A whole 2 months before someone returns your book….eeek! Finally, this other weekend I traveled to Bulawayo and back and decided to be serious.
WOW, guys, I could not put that book down. I was just deep in it hey.
After reading Becoming, I decided to make a few notes…I have NEVER done that!. That’s how much of an impact it had on me and I have decided to share with you guys my thoughts on it.
First things first…
Where we start off in life really doesn’t determine where we end up.
You look at Michelle’s story, from a block to the White House! That is so motivating and more assurance that you can literally come from a background that might not be as affluent but only determination and hard work can take you out of there. She was bold enough to go out there and become her own woman that went after what her heart desired.
Aspire to be more.
I once worked at an online store that sold stationery and books. I basically did social media and the back end of the site. That was the longest 4 months of my life! My job was plain and simple simple without any impact on anyone. I remember being so unmotivated and I kept praying for a better job that would challenge me in a lot of aspects. That was 2017, fast forward to 2019 I finally have that job that challenges me to do better and I am in a space where I can grow. I always thought my 2017 desire was somewhat being an ungrateful person, I wanted more, I just needed more out of my job. Only after reading Becoming, I could relate and felt validated. Validated for my dreams to make an impact in people’s lives, validated to dream big, validated to tell myself:
“Am I good enough? Yes, I am.”
There is one specific chapter that I remember so vividly when Michelle talks about her husband had to drive a long distance to come back to their family for dinner and most times he would run late. Michelle would have to delay supper so her daughters could get time with their dad. This went on until she decides that she and her girls had to continue with their routine whether or not Barack would make it in time or not. She simply stopped waiting and did what she had to do.
I don’t have daughters and a husband, but that point was so important because often times in life we stop going for our dreams whilst waiting for other people. It could be your peers or even your partner, but time moves and you cannot delay your journey for others. They will catch up if they want to.
On Self Esteem and Personal Branding, Michelle says:
“If you don’t get out there and define yourself, you’ll be quickly and inaccurately defined by others.”
Owning your narrative and your personal brand is very important, but that can only happen when you actually know who you are, your vision and what you want to be known for. Without that, it will be easy for people to define who you are and your values. After that, you will easily believe them because honestly, there is nothing you define yourself by! Know the Self.
I can go on and on about this amazing book, but you just need to pick a copy for yourself and indulge. So many valuable lessons that can really change your life.
I’m hoping I have inspired someone to pick up a book! Let me know in the comment section if you would like to see more of these posts in which I do book reviews!
Oh, and do share if you have read Becoming, tell us what stood out for you and more book recommendations!
So Much Love…