I had the chance to meet my personal inspiration, Amy Purdy, this week. She was the keynote speaker at the Network of Executive Women and I had the chance to meet her.
I didn't personally know another female who had gone through what I had gone through when I lost my leg. A friend sent me Amy's TED talk and my life was changed. In her I found a "gone before" inspiration that helped me believe in my own recovery on the darkest of days. She was featured on Dancing with the Stars when I was in the midst of the surgery circuit and I couldn't wait until Monday nights to see her use her prosthetic legs - and most importantly - beautiful spirit - to take second place against an entire field of able-bodied competitors. Amy won a gold medal in the Sochi Winter Paralympics around this same time, proving to the world she could conquer anything despite her unique situation. She was the first double amputee to win a medal in the history of the Paralympic games.
So needless to say, having the opportunity to hear her speak was breathtaking for me. To top it off, I was invited to a special meet and greet after where I got to spend some one on one time with her. She's even more inspiring in person than I imagined.
Who are you mentoring today? Who's watching and learning from you? What kind of leader do you want to be?