LIFE LESSONS

HONORING RBG THROUGH HER OWN WORDS

Know Thyself

RBG didn’t know she was a trailblazer. She acted on instinct and intuition while also being overly prepared. She was quoted as saying, “I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.”

Turn Down The Noise

Learning to deflect scrutiny is a one key lesson to be taken from RBG. Ginsburg is quoted as saying, “When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out. Reacting in anger or annoyance will not advance one’s ability to persuade.”

Look for the Magic in the Mess

RBG once said, “So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.” Every hardship, set back or problem we face can be an opportunity for growth. I have witnessed this often in my career and personal life. I have learned to dissect a problem with gratitude and leave fear on the sideline. This has helped me weather many storms.

Pick The Right Partner

Her relationship with her husband was a love of the ages and also so unique for the time. Ruth’s husband, Marty, pushed her out front and supported her career. He defended her and protected her during an era when women weren’t known for making such bold moves.

Unification not Segregation

So much of RBG’s work was around human rights and equality. In the words of The Supreme Court Justice and co-founder of the Women’s Rights Project at the ACLU, “Women’s rights are an essential part of the overall human rights agenda, trained on the equal dignity and ability to live in freedom all people should enjoy.”

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