It’s Memorial Day today, and yes, a day to remember. As you know, I’m the child of a World War II veteran. It made my heart lighten when I passed the Golden Gate National Cemetery. The boys and girl scouts did another great job with the American flags.
As expected, my girls at “The View,” included a small tribute to our troops. They had a special guest in the audience–author Vernice Armour. Vernice has a unique position in our history: the first African America female combat pilot. Now that’s a mouthful—and a great accomplishment. Her book, Zero to Breakthrough: The 7-Step Battle-Tested Method For Accomplishing Goals That Matter, is available at Amazon.
She told a great story on why mentors are important. She went to a career day back in 1994. There she saw an African American woman in a flight suit. “I don’t know her name and I don’t know where she is from…she stuck with me.” Vernice told the ladies. What a powerful reminder that we may not interact with everyone we touch, but we do touch many!
Her advice was clear too.
“You have to create a flight plan!” she said. “Some people call it a road map.” According to Vernice, this will help you go from where you are today to where you want to be. “The thing that holds us back the most is–if we don’t know how, we act like we can’t get there.” Her best cure: “Pick your ‘what’ and the resources will show up.”
When an opportunity presents itself, ask “why not?” Vernice said, “Opportunities don’t go away, other people take advantage of them.”
Sage advice, Vernice. Thank you for your wisdom and for your service.