The Lady Who Called The President Swaggylicious!
In this interview at The United States Of Women Summit, First Lady Michelle Obama talks to Oprah Winfrey about the new generation of women, and gives them her best advice about self value and self worth, public service, growth, and the many phases of life.
What is she proud of the most? Her daughters: “Raising 2 girls. I want them to grow up knowing they are loved, feeling confident, normal, with a sense of obligation to do something out of themselves. You breathe a sight of relief that you did not mess out these children. You provide them with a good foundation to be great people.”
About women’s rights, she says: “The work always continues. We are never done. We never arrive. We can never be complacent and say that we arrived. We have seen how quickly things could be taken away if we are not vigilant.”
The question the First Lady is asking you is “What are you gonna do?” How are you going to empower yourself? What will you change in your office, your relationship, your family dynamics, and how are you going to empower yourself with the knowledge you need, to know what work needs to be done. “We can’t afford to be ignorant. We have to continue the work”. We know Michelle Obama wants to go to Target, open her front door with no permission and just walk…What about you? Now, what are you gonna do?
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Watch the First Lady’s interview with Oprah Winfrey here…
Here is the First Lady’s best advice:
- Invest time in knowing yourself and who you are, and love who you are. You have to work to get to that place.
- Surround yourself with goodness, with people who uplift you, who will hold you up. Get the haters out of your life. If you don’t have that person, that parent, you have to find them. If you are surrounded by people who don’t love you, then there is no space for people who do.
- People won’t remember what other people say about you, but they will remember what you do.
- You don’t have to acknowledge the haters. Wake up every morning, work very hard, do something with value, and do it well.
- People know when you appear what you are really not. Be authentically yourself. Do what you are passionate about.
- The best revenge is success and good work.
- Know your own value. Don’t sell yourself short. Know your time and how much it is worth.
- Trying to have it all, and beating yourself up is a ridiculous aspiration. Be real. No one gets everything. You don’t always get what you want all the time. You can have it all, but not all at the same time. It’s hard to have it all. You go through phases, and if you compromise, you’re not giving it all up, you’re just compromising through that phase. There is another phase coming up when you might have more of what you thought you wanted. You get to know yourself a little bit more.
- If you don’t have it all, you’re not failing.
- Life is hard, but life is long. If you maintain your health and take care of yourself, you can go through all the other phases.
- There are so many phases to life; portions of a very big journey. You keep evolving.
- You have to prioritize your time.
- Social Media: There is some time when you have to set your phone off.
- You need to have people in your life that you’re helping. If you do that every day, the haters, the doubters, they don’t matter.
- My growth is the lucky gift I get for giving.
- Michele Obama’s message to men: “Be better, be better at everything. Be better fathers, love your daughters, and provide a solid example of what it means to be a good man in the world, and show them they are loved, that’s the greatest gift. Men can be better husbands. Be a part of your family’s life. Do the dishes. You don’t babysit your children, be engaged. Going to work alone does not make you a man. Be a better employer. When you are at a seat of power, be better.”
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