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Today I went to see Dark Knight Rises and to say it hit home for me was an understatement. Bruce Wayne saw his parents murdered right in front of him and he took that pain and the love for his city and did everything he could to protect it. Not as himself. But as Batman. A symbol.
I will not ruin the movie for you if you have not seen it, but just think about the concept of someone rising from the ashes. Someone who overcomes their difficulties and challenges and stereotypes and becomes someone great. Look at Gabby. Look at Oprah. Look at everyone who said, “To hell with this. I am somebody and I will be great.” And they did it.
That could be you. That could be me. But sometimes we don't believe it. Sometimes we don't trust that we are destined for greatness. Here I am trying to build an amazing business that helps other women entrepreneurs with their tech challenges. But, here I am not even believing deep down that I can do it. Other people know I can do it. Other people are cheering me on. But I don't trust in my own talents and my own business.
And I did not really realize it until Erika Lyremark asked the question on a call during my Morning Whip program. It made me stop and think. It made me stop and realize that the fact that I didn't trust in myself was keeping me stuck. Let me tell you, it was like a punch in the stomach.
So I went to see Dark Knight Rises. Alone. And I felt like every turning point in that movie was the universe giving me a nudge. Bruce Wayne took his pain and the love for his city and became Batman – a symbol. He owned it and made it into something great.
The universe was telling me I could do the same. I could own all of my pain, my doubt, and my fears and turn it into something great.
I could rise.
You could rise.
You can take all of that pain and fear and disappointment and turn it into an empire.
Walking out of that theater tonight, I felt a sense of calm and purpose that I have not felt since I started my entrepreneurial journey. I will do whatever is necessary to step into my power.
How about you? What's keeping you stuck? How can you turn it into something amazing?
After all, when you really think about it, people love a story about an underdog who rises from the ashes.