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  • Writer's pictureLauren Douglass

Let’s play Barbies.

What would 9-year-old me say to me now?

“Hang in there. It is all for purpose. Let’s play Barbies.”

What would 90-year-old me say?

Probably, the same thing.

When I was younger, I wanted to be Barbie. She could put on different clothes each day and have a different career.

It took me a long time to figure out it was acceptable to change my interest and to stand in who I am even if I wasn’t ready yet. I’ve had help along the way. Embracing change is shaky, especially when the little voice in your head says you’re not good enough.

If a lesson isn’t clear yet, the teaching isn’t over.

Life can be strenuous without a connection to something larger than yourself. I thought I was alone in stumbling through life, but I am perfectly designed for a purpose. This purpose has driven me my whole career especially when I’ve had to wear many different hats in entrepreneurship; I didn’t understand it then.

I thought burnout was the only path.

What would 9 and 90-year-old you say about your life?

Change could mean a career shift but it doesn’t have to be. It could be how you approach your leadership.

George Burns on aging: “I get up every morning and read the obituary column. If my name’s not there, I eat breakfast.”

There’s a critical voice inside of you - the one telling you what you can build or achieve - in the end, will you let it win?

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