This month, as we kick off a new Cable year, I find it most appropriate to reflect on our July membership luncheon topic “Yearning for the Gold.” Hopefully you are either currently working in or seeking out your own “gold medal” career. In this quest, we must not allow the bumps in the road to stop us. As leaders in the community we must continue moving forward and allowing ourselves to discover the impossible.
I am reminded of the very young Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas. At the 2012 London Summer Olympics, she won gold medals in both the team and individual all-around competitions. She was the first woman of color of any nationality and the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the Individual All-Around Champion. She was also the first American gymnast to win gold in both the gymnastic individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympic games.” (See http://gabrielledouglas.com/biography).
Gabby was a determined young lady who knew that in order to win the gold she had to take the necessary risk, a risk so great that she left her family behind to move across country to train with elite Coach Liang Chow. Some may say that she was so young, she had little to lose. But I say no matter what the age, risk-taking is never easy but is necessary to reach the gold.
I am looking forward to hearing our July speaker, Dr. Judy Cummings, share with us about the moments when she knew it was time for a change and learning how she overcame the many obstacles in her path.
The video below highlights women who are considered “overcomers.” They overcame obstacles and beat the odds with great determination in order to win the gold.
Please take a moment to watch this four-minute video that will motivate you to “reach for the gold” in all that you do.
-Yolanda Harris-Jackson, Cable President