"Be a Beast!"
When I was growing up, this was the encouragement my Dad offered me whenever I faced a challenge. It wasn’t, "Good luck!" or, "Go get ‘em!", but always, "Be a Beast!" I took his coaching to heart and summoned my inner Beast in all sorts of situations, whether I was playing in a pee-wee basketball game, competing in a spelling bee, or attempting to master a stick shift. My Dad’s guidance, strange as it may sound, gave me permission to be bold. He helped me find courage when I thought I had none.
As I got older, my Beast gave me the guts I needed to dream big. My Beast led me to travel the world with just my curiosity and a guide book. My Beast brought me to Harvard Business School. My Beast gave me the bravery to lead and the confidence to follow. When I failed, my Beast made me get up and try again.
I want to unleash my Beast in the world and inspire others to do the same. After all, life is so much more exhilarating when we live as if we weren’t afraid.
I will be a Beast.