Marisa Cuellar is a communication major at St. Edward’s University and will be graduating in May of 2014. She is currently SOS Leadership’s PR intern and also works full-time at a law firm in downtown Austin.
Everyone seems to quote quotes, including myself, but it never occurred to me until recently the effect that some can have on you, if you actually act on them.One of my favorite quotes that I’ve acted upon is by Eleanor Roosevelt. All of Eleanor’s quotes are very popular and people use them every day, but it wasn’t until I started applying my professional life to this quote that things really started to take off.
Much of my journey until now has revolved around this quote. I would have never had the confidence that I had today had it not been for my experiences and looking my fears straight in the face. My goal of graduating didn’t even seem possible, only a couple of years ago, and now I am only two short semesters away from obtaining my bachelor’s degree.
After applying this quote, the ability to be a leader for myself finally took off, and my confidence skyrocketed! Looking my fears in the face, which were for me applying to St. Edward’s and internships, opened so many doors for me professionally and also socially. Because of overcoming all of those fears I have amazing new people in my life that I never see going away, and an amazing internship that has forced me (in a good way) to really reflect upon myself and develop myself as a person even more.
I look at all the obstacles that it took to get me to where I am now, and I think to myself, I lived through my worst fears, and I was able to overcome everything that stood in my way.
I strongly believe that this quote can be applied to anyone facing any uncertain circumstance; whether it is a relationship, professional life, school, family, just know that everything that happens in your life is for a greater reason, for the betterment of you, and it is only by the experience and everyday obstacles, that you face that will ultimately make you a stronger person. It is only by the experience and everyday obstacles that you face that you will learn and become the person you are destined to become.
Quotes are meant to be memorable for a reason. They are meant to be memorable so in times of need you can see the good out of a situation, they are meant to be another means of hope.
Today’s post is the ninth of the SOS Leadership Austin Leading Ladies’ Blog Series. The purpose of this blog series is to share the stories and insights of women who are answering the call to leadership in their lives. Come back each Friday to read more!