For the feminist who needs encouragement from a leading lady.
Long before she became Mrs. Michelle Obama and the First Lady of the United States, on the surface, she might have been thought of as another potential statistic.
But she used odds in her favor and determined, rather than life break her, she'd face problems head on.
Born to Fraser and Marian Robinson, Michelle LaVaughn Roberson-Obama was a girl with big dreams and even bigger obstacles. Despite issues of race, gender, and socio-economics, she worked her way to her American dream. She built a solid foundation that she credits to her education, belief in herself, and her faith in God.
Michelle focused on her goals and dreams by using her challenges as her life teachers and relying on her own confidence in her abilities rather than listening to what society thought she could — or should — do.
Her super power has been her words.
She's used the power of her message to launch her initiative known as #LetGirlsLearn and as well as to share her passion for the first vegetable garden at the White House in order to promote healthy eating in families.
No one would have imagined that a child born in Chicago during the early 1950's to a hard-working pump operator father and a stay-at-home mother would one day graduate from both Princeton University and Harvard Law School. When asked about her educational pursuits, she's said, "My family didn't have a lot of money, so I worked my heart out to get my degrees."
Hard work is a motto she promotes to others with their own major mountains to climb.
As Michelle leave Washington, D.C. and retires her role as First Lady, here are 7 of her best quotes to encourage each of us to face our fears and overcome adversity by believing in our own dreams.
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"It's important for you to understand that your experience facing and overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages."
"Whether you come from a council estate or a country estate, your success will be determined by your own confidence and fortitude."
"What I have never been afraid of is to be a little silly, and you can engage people that way. My view is, first you get them to laugh, then you get them to listen."
"The difference between us and them, between you and success, is not that you never fail, but it's how you recover from those failures — is that you keep getting up time and time again. You figure out what you did wrong, and then you make it right. I say that to my kids every day."
"Just try new things. Don't be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar, all right?"
"Don't judge. I used to buy underwear because I didn't do my laundry."
"You don't have to be somebody different to be important. You're important in your own right."