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Reading ‘Becoming’

by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | February 17th, 2019

Reading ‘Becoming’

“There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others. This, for me, is how we become.”

                                                                                              Michelle Obama

I just finished the book, Becoming, by Michelle Obama. It was truly worth the read. 

Lessons learned:

  1. Make the most of the opportunities you are given.
  2. When they go low, you go high – Never let anyone change the person that you are.
  3. Be active – exercise is important.
  4. Be mindful of the food that you are eating – increase your fruits and vegetables.
  5. Do not feel guilty for finding time for yourself. It is okay to have ‘me’ time.
  6. A good education is important whether you decide to go to college or trade school. Spend the time to be great at whatever you decide to do.
  7.  Pay it forward – if the door of opportunity opens up for you, make sure you keep it open for others.
  8. Being in a relationship with another person is hard work but communication is key.
  9. We are the first teachers for our children. Our children are watching us. We cannot tell our children to do one thing and we do something else.
  10. Do not be afraid to negotiate for what you want.
  11. Have a core group of girlfriends that have your back the same way that you have their back.
  12. Be yourself – Be proud of the person you are. No one should define you but you. Do not be ashamed of your history,

Although some of you may have been taught these lessons in the past, having Michelle Obama’s endorsement might make them sink in.

One Response to “Reading ‘Becoming’”

  1. Great read indeed! And chock full of such wisdom!

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