You know who usually gives commencement speeches?
People we see as inspirational or talented, someone unexpected with a message that brings tears to your eyes. It’s a hoopla, a remembrance of the struggles and victories you’ve faced while pushing through countless obstacles.
Yet, sometimes, these motivational speeches don’t resonate after we flip our tassels to the other side and toss our caps away, watching them intermingle in the air. By dinner, we’re thinking about the future again: the last chapter has closed. The fear comes back.
How can I apply every lesson I learned without my guide to remind me? Damn, I wish I would have been able to talk to them today.
That’s how it goes for me, at least. Because while it’s awesome to hear from someone with great success or an impeccable sense of humor, these people didn’t live through or feel the same as you, and – often – they’re quoting someone else, not even giving you their full experience. While the speaker might have gone through another course like yours, they didn’t sit next to you reading the same material or hearing the same conversations on conference calls.
Only you and me and the rest of the CCCers did that, gang.
Our last call was Wednesday April 8th, and I missed you the second we hung up. Some of you left kind messages in our group and others send me emails, yet there was no hoopla, no event or celebrations given from my end.
That’s simply because I needed a few days to process exactly what I wanted to say to you.
In 2013, Oprah spoke at a Harvard commencement.
“It doesn’t matter how far you might rise. At some point you are bound to stumble. … If you’re constantly pushing yourself higher … the law of averages, not to mention the Myth of Icarus, predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do I want you to know this, remember this: There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.”
Maybe you were behind in the program for the majority of it. Maybe you’re still working on clearing blocks. Shit, maybe you resigned yourself to “failing” CCC long before this email made it to you. If there is one thing I want you take from your entire experience with me, it’s that your past performance can’t determine your future unless you stop trying.
No matter how impossible something feels, how long the road appears before you, or how much money you’re going to have to come up with to take your business to the next level, know the Universe has your back. That your effort doesn’t go unnoticed. That not only are the big U and CCC alum there to remind you you’ve got this, but so am I.
You might reach a breaking point again. You might change your entire business model (I did). But that doesn’t matter as much as choosing to continue down the path, to face the fear and keep going.
CCC was designed so that you could use it over and over again, even when you fall.
What I’ve seen of each of you – your determination and bravery, your authenticity and bravery – prove to me this program worked for you, even if you haven’t realized it yet.
I’ve done a lot of things in my career. I’ve won awards in many areas of my life, but the most rewarding moment comes from completing the first round of CCC and knowing that you, my friends, are heading exactly where you’re supposed to be.
What a gift you’ve given me in seeing you succeed.
Thank you for being a part of my journey too.
Lisa Cherry Beaumont
Drema Dial, PhD
Maria Christina Hinton
Lisa May Huby
Andrea Joy Nussinow
AnYes Van Rhijn
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