This month we have been talking about visionary leaders who broke the rules, and consequently broke the record. Martin Luther King Jr, Tyra Banks, and here is Taraji P. Henson. Whoopi Goldberg says, “Now, everybody knows (Taraji Henson’s) name.”
Taraji Henson could have dropped out of college when she had a son. She was also at crossroads in her life, when she wanted to reach for her dreams in California. Meaning she’d have to move across cities with just a passion, 700 dollars, and her son.
Flash back to 21 years later and Taraji P Henson says “I am 46, and I am only just scratching the surface” How did she get here?
Taraji Put dreams to Action
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“I remember the first time I was in kindergarten and I was in front of an audience
And I remember going to the mic and doing something really corky, and the audience laughing, and I was like ‘I like this’… ‘I like this attention’.
And my father saw this at a very young age. He recognized it at a very young age and he said ‘you are going to be a great actress, that’s what you are going to do…’”. – Taraji Henson
Fast forward to 2018, like Whoopi Goldberg said, everybody now knows Taraji Henson. She is the cookie on our TV screens, and has bagged award after award.
Many years ago, Taraji took a dream ride from DC to LA after college. To have a professional acting career she had to be at the hub of acting, LA, so she moved across cities. This was taking actions to necessitate her dreams.
Coach Chantelle Anderson notes that, “when we are specific about how we want our dreams to come true, then we start a journey to creating them in reality.”
“It starts with two simple words: goal clarity. Entrepreneur, Jeff Shore explains. “See it clearly, believe it passionately, and pursue it aggressively”.
The courage to Pursue Dreams
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“…My dad was like ‘how do you expect to catch fish on dry land’, and I was like ‘what?’ And he said how are you going to get acting jobs when there are not here. You need to go to LA; that’s where the acting jobs are. So, my family threw a party, we were broke, they raised 700 dollars and I moved to LA. I had a passion, I had a dream, and I dived in. I went for my dream and here I am.” – Taraji Henson
If you lack the courage to chase your dreams, they might as well be dreams.
Author; Lewis Hose on ‘The Importance of Having Courage’, says “You’ve got to be willing to risk the chance of looking like a failure. The world needs you to share your gifts and go for your dreams. There aren’t enough people who have the courage to go for it.”
Dump Comfort Zones
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“I graduated from college, and I had this degree… and my dad saw me coming and going to work every day, and he said ‘what are you doing?’ and I said, making a living… I was in a transitional phase. I had this degree and ‘I was just living’…” -Taraji P. Henson
It is true, and I tend to agree with Inc. columnist Sonia Thompson, “Living too comfortably can cause you to settle for a life that’s less than what you’re capable of”. It’s like waking up every day, yet the things you seem to make happen are only the things that life make happen to you.
Mel Robbins popular inventor of the 5 second rule says, “if you’re sitting around waiting for motivation… it’s not coming. If you don’t start doing the things you don’t feel like doing, you will wake up one year from today and be in exactly the same place.
According to Whoopi Goldberg a lot of people may not know what Taraji Henson did to get to where she is today. she said “YOU TOOK A BIG RISK first of all by moving to LA, and making a decision and saying ‘I am going for it’”. This is dumping the comfort zone.