FIRST THOUGHT: How to Give It Your All
Give yourself credit for the little things. Some of the most viral news stories on social media are about small acts of kindness. Benevolence really can be contagious. You never know what someone is going through and how much a simple gesture might mean to them. No, you don’t have to leap into a burning building, but maybe next time, save that woman from walking across the dance floor with toilet paper stuck to her stiletto. (Hey, we’ve all been there.) Try it out. Pay it forward.
WOMEN IN NUMBERS: 100 Percent
That generosity of spirit reaches further than you think. Have you ever been the mediator in an argument? Even as a kid, I was diffusing situations. If a few classmates were ripping a ball out of each other’s hands and yelling, “It’s mine!” I’d coolly suggest, “Let’s play kickball.” Turns out, I’m not alone. A study of 40 global conflict-and-peace processes found that when women’s groups are heavily involved in peacemaking negotiations, they’re 100 percent successful. Think about that number. Remember getting 100 percent on a test in college? Yeah, me neither. It’s super rare, y’all. And yet, somehow we do it.
WOMAN TO WATCH: Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Dell
Elizabeth Gore believes in the number 100 percent. She says no matter what she does, she tries to be in the moment fully. She’s a year into her two-year entrepreneur-in-residence position at Dell, and also busy raising two children with her husband. Gore says her super power would be to nap on command. You and me both! Gore grew up on a horse-and-cattle ranch and studied animal science in college, but—in a 180-degree move—she was soon drawn to the nonprofit world. She worked at Points of Light and then spent two years in Bolivia as an agriculture volunteer for the Peace Corps. Attending a networking social with a martini in one hand and a business card in the other wasn’t exactly Gore’s career-building method. While in Bolivia, she’d mail handwritten letters to leaders in her field, and it made quite the impression. One such woman was United Nations CEO Kathy Calvin, who later offered her a job. She spent nearly 10 years there and was the UN’s first entrepreneur-in-residence. At Dell, she hopes to sway policymakers to create policies that support entrepreneurs. Gore believes entrepreneurs are about more than making a buck these days; they’re about making an impact.
QUITE THE QUOTE
What can you do 100 percent? Or maybe the better question is:What do you want to do 100 percent? Former first lady Rosalynn Carter once said, “You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”
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