Michelle Obama Gives Advice On How To Not Let Fear Run Your Life

Michelle Obama gave some seriously good advice for overcoming fear during her speech discussing gender equality in the tech industry at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2017. After talking about her family and their experience with life after leaving the White House (they’re doing well) she began dropping some serious truth bombs that I will definitely be taking to heart.

“If we let [fear] consume us, then we don’t move. If we allow fear to define one another, then we go down a very dark path. But [fear is] there. It’s an emotion that we all feel, it just can’t consume you,” Said the former First Lady, “Take time to know yourself … if you have a foundation of knowing who you are, knowing your values and being good with that… if you take some time to determine what your higher purpose is … that stuff gives you a foundation that you can fall back on when fear, embarrassment, challenge, failure — when that comes, because it’s coming and it’s coming for us all. You have that to fall back on.”

These are some wise words indeed, as it seems like so many people go through life without taking the time to truly discover themselves and decide what it is they truly want to fight for, no matter how many setbacks befall them along the way.

“You have to surround yourself with good people,” she continued, “I mean, we don’t do this alone. None of us. We don’t do this life alone … you gotta have a team of people around you in some way, shape or form. And those people have to reflect your values. They have to be with you in that higher purpose … they keep you grounded when fear sets in, when the failure that is inevitable comes your way.”

It’s the truth. Isolation is a detrimental force, and the scary part is that it doesn’t matter if you’re surrounded by people or alone in a room, if you don’t have a support network things will be harder, and they will be frightening.

“Don’t do this alone. I really want the young people to understand this: You do not succeed alone, you’re not supposed to. If someone is up here pretending they got here on their own they’re lying … Make sure you surround yourself with that goodness that you want to reflect back into the world.”

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Lindsey StanglCOLLEGECANDY Writer
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