I have started a practice of watching at least 5 minutes of my heroes every morning. It’s a really cool thing. One of my greatest heroes is my teacher and friend Keith Raniere and he once told me to spend time every morning thinking about the way I want to be that day. He spoke about predetermining my character so I can live with purpose, intention and deliberation. I love this.
So watching my heroes helps me refine this vision. I build my ideal woman of strength and dignity: Katherine Hepburn, Meryl Streep, Oprah, Audrey Hepburn, Cate Blanchet, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nandita Das, Mariane Pearl, Francis McDormott, Eleanor Roosevelt… just to name a few… Women of strength, focus and integrity, women who don’t apologize for what they believe in, and women who know what is right and good and true in them. I aim to carry myself through out my days with the same intention.
I asked my friend why I get so nervous when I speak to people I perceive as being strong. He told me if I knew who I was when I was talking to who I think they are, I wouldn’t worry so much about finding myself in their approval. Profound? I think so.
So what do I like in the heroes I collect? It is an ever growing science experiment with the world as my lab and my life as the result. The more I see the clearer I become and the ambition is compounded.