From dealing with Imposter Syndrome as a student at the “very white and male” Princeton campus to struggling with finding the right career fit, Michelle Obama’s Becoming has a lot to teach us as African women hustling to make a difference in our families, countries and the world.
Rather than present herself as a far-reaching icon, Michelle Obama shares an honest story of her early years and life on the world stage as the first African American First Lady of the United States.
Our Feb 2020 RoM Becoming is a must-read for anyone looking for answers on life, leadership, career, business, and love.
What lesson have you learned from reading Becoming? What stories from the book did you find relevant to your own life as a woman in Africa?
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“And here is what I have to say finally: Let’s invite one another in. Maybe then we can begin to fear less, to make fewer wrong assumptions, to let go of biases and stereotypes that unnecessarily divide us. Maybe we can better embrace the ways we are the same. It’s not about being perfect. It’s not about where you get yourself in the end. 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.” – Obama, M. (2018), Becoming
Blown away! My exact words after reading the book last year October. I found myself relating to her story in ways I never imagined. “Am I enough?” – a question she constantly asked herself is her journey is something I usually find myself doing in my field of study in engineering. I have learned that to BECOME is a process, a journey that I am still learning to embrace.