As lifestyle maven Barbara “B.” Smith said, “I have stood on a mountain of no’s for one yes.”
What YES are you working for? Barbara Smith was the first African-American woman on the cover of Mademoiselle in July 1976. A true pioneer in lifestyle brand-building, she parlayed her modeling and effervescent personality into being a spokesperson, restauranteur, celebrity chef, author, magazine publisher and host of the nationally syndicated TV show “B. Smith with Style” for nearly a decade. She is still the only African-American woman with home products distributed exclusively at Bed Bath & Beyond. In 2013, at the age of 64, she was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Instead of disappearing from the public eye, she and her husband Dan Gasby released the book Before I Forget in 2016, and are at the forefront of building awareness for this unforgiving disease. No matter what obstacle you face, keep climbing. Whether you are trying to build a company or overcome a health issue, perseverance is key. Stay committed to what you want to achieve. Don’t hide from challenges or get discouraged by unexpected news. Build a support system and, most of all, remain positive. An optimistic attitude will fuel your energy and help you scale any mountain. Be patient… often you just need one yes to (finally!) reach your vision of success.
Until next time, remember-it’s your divine life, live it to the fullest. The power is in your hands!
With Purpose & Power,
Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy.