As a young girl I was was told what girls “can’t” do. I figured the list didn’t apply to me.
As a severe dyslexic I was told “You can’t write, so stay away from things that require it.” That’s precisely why I majored in journalism at one of the top J schools.
As the youngest of four I was told, “You can’t do that until you get older.” So, I got older!
As a theorist without a PhD I was told, “You can’t expect academics to pay attention to you.” So I validated their strengths and they wanted to hear more.
As a mom with no extra cash I was told, “You can’t start a business without money.” So I did free commercials for my banker.
As a publisher I was told, “You can’t afford to print all the books you need for a respectible sized catalog.” So I wrote catalog descriptions for numerous new books — and wrote the ones that sold well.
As a female CEO, I was told by a late ’80 Amer Mgt Assn instructor, “You can’t stay as the only woman in my class because I can’t use my standard stories when you’re here.” So, I became a consultant to the AMA.
As a grandmother, I’ve been told, “You can’t do it all. You have to chose between working full time and being active in your grandkids’ lives. ” So, I do what I did when I was told the same thing as a working Mom. I do what I believe I was meant to do.
As the author of the Kolbe Index, I wrote the individualized results so you won’t find there’s anything you “can’t” do. It explains how your can best do what you were meant to do.