You may be thinking, who does that?
I do. The girl who walks on fire.
I freaked out and did not want to walk on the fire; it was very intimidating.
However, I had a partner at the event who encouraged me to do it.
There I was standing in one of the lines watching people cross the fire. I thought, if they could do it, I can do it.
Then it was my turn.
I looked up and told myself that my skin was thick and that it would protect me from the fire burning me. I walked about 8 feet with confidence and then all of a sudden, I snapped out of my state of mind and thought, I can’t believe I’m walking on fire! That’s when the fire started to burn.
Good thing I was at the end because the men at the other side helped me jump to the little grass area and hosed down my feet. I felt that if I could walk on fire, I could do anything!
Every day is an opportunity to break away from our limiting beliefs, such as, “I can’t walk on fire.” Anything we set our minds to, we can accomplish.
We all have problems; I know I have more than my share. What do we do about it? Do we remain plateau and give up or do we put our minds to it and act upon those impulses for positive change?
We don’t have to limit our lives to what we’ve been taught can be or cannot be accomplished.
Recently, I’ve started my own IT Recruiting Firm in San Jose, CA. It’s almost still surreal that I am doing it, I am running my own business and helping people get great careers.
A little about my background: I am a second generation college graduate. I am the first in my family to graduate; I attended UC Santa Cruz straight out of Watsonville High School.
If you’re not familiar with Watsonville, it’s part of Santa Cruz County. However, it’s largely an agriculture community where most students are first generation.
Teen pregnancies are extremely high; higher than San Jose, or Oakland & it’s a relatively small town. Diabetes rates are off the charts as well.
The dropout rate has lowered, however it’s still high.
Somehow I managed to do well with my studies, play sports, work and get party animal my senior year in High School.
Going to college was not cool among my friends and it seemed that the community did not believe much in the youth. For example, there is a dedicated child care center on the high school campus. It's like the system is reinforcing & encouraging teen pregnancies.
Things must change and are changing. Thanks to great ideas such as the nonprofit DigitalNest – it’s a youth collaboration spot in Watsonville. It's a place where youth are encouraged to learn about technology. I met with the Founder, Jacob and he said that about 40-100 students visit the Watsonville location everyday. That's great!
Part of TC’s vision is to see more change, starting with us. We aspire to inspire students to want a higher education & to follow their passions whether that be photography or programming. I personally did not know about Computer Science until I was in college. By then, it was not appealing to me.
I believe that if you speak with students at younger ages about IT & the endless possibilities in careers the field offers; they're most likely are going to consider that field.
Being a female also gives me the upper hand in inspiring girls to see the field as appealing. Slowly, we are helping to bridge the underrepresented gap at TC.
Be the change in your community too, try to volunteer to speak to students at underrepresented schools about your career. They may want to grow up to be just like you, but simply don’t have that idea yet.
The point of walking on fire is to create a massive change in the way you think. To embrace the way your mind controls your body.
Some people may be struggling with weight problems & that issue begins with the mind. Thinking that you can’t do something or being embarrassed about the way you will look in front of others while working out. Here’s a tip: work out at home! Even if you have a tiny apartment, maybe you can use your patio? Room? Living Room? Make it work. Move your furniture a little and make things happen.
What are we without our health after all, right?
Tomorrow is a new day. Today your changes in life style will make your tomorrow brighter.
Limiting yourself to beliefs that are keeping you unhappy will keep you that way.
I’ve always believed that I would be someone great. I am still working on that. However, it feels amazing to know that it’s true what people say - you can be anything you want to be. As long as you believe and persevere; you will achieve!
I grew up in poverty & I have drastically changed my own life by believing, si se puede! It sounds cheesy, but it's true. Take it from the girl who walked on fire.
A favorite quote of mine is, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”
― Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich
Please message Talent Connection (TC) and let us know if you would walk on fire or have also walked on fire & what that would mean/or means to you. Thank you so much for reading this blog!