But what is my mark?What am I doing on a grand scale to change something about this world? Where are my current projects leading, and what am I doing to make life—both for others and myself—better tomorrow than it is today? This question isn’t about me, really. It’s about focusing on being bigger than me, on creating a real change on a national or global scale. Sure, I’m just one person in a world of billions. But Maya Angelou, Marie Curie, Malala Yousafzai, and Elizabeth Holmes were, or are, too. (And no, I’m not suggesting that I’m anywhere in the same vicinity of awesomeness that they are—my point is that they are simply humans who did something extraordinary. And I believe all humans have promise.) In fact, there are thousands of inspiring women out there changing the world. And as I’ve considered my own mark, I’ve thought of the many lessons I can learn from them: the women I know and love, the women I admire from a distance, the women I read about in the news, the women I listen to and watch and absorb every last piece of wisdom they can offer. They are the people I should be looking to when I think about my mark, because they are surely making theirs. So, with that, here are some insights I’ve learned from inspirational women:
Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about my mark on this world. Don’t misunderstand. I love what I do—it’s a joy and honor to work with clients all over the world, helping produce meaningful content that can impact others. I’ve also had some extraordinary opportunities. Being executive editor for the Sam’s Club publication Healthy Living Made Simple, working with a Nobel Prize winner, and publishing my first book are experiences I’ll always be thankful for.