When I was growing up as a child, I was always inspired by people who teach, speak or who seemed to have the guts to stand on a platform with several eyes watching them. I cannot explain how being inspired by their bravery led me to my own path of dreaming to become like them some day. My dream was ignited when I heard the opening address from my high school principal – Mrs. Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta. She sounded eloquent, intelligent, poise and such a graceful ambassador of her country. This lady was distinctive, dignified and appeared to be lifted from the “bogs” and “stereotypes” of women in our society at the time. I listened to her with every fiber of my being and deep inside of me, I murmured: “one day, one day, I will be like you”.
My journey of becoming a teacher, speaker and now a coach started in primary school and maybe it is worth mentioning that following my graduation from high school, the same principal who motivated me also mentored me into becoming a teacher in the same school. Even though the career was short lived, it was the most rewarding first job I could have ever had.
After only one year of University education in The Gambia, I immigrated to the United States in search of higher education and greener pastures. Even with my accent and being in a foreign land, I received several compliments and positive feedback from my English/speech professors during my years college/University. Little did I know that such positive reinforcement was all I needed at the time to remind me of my childhood dream.
Life happened and so did my career choices. I started in retail and later transitioned into banking where I met my all-time mentor – Anita Kelley who presented me with the opportunity to polish my teaching and speaking skills. She believed that I had the calling for teaching and positioned me to improve my platform skills. Then I was introduced to the Mortgage servicing industry where I landed a job which changed the course of my journey. Even though I was thriving as a leader in my organization, I was miserable inside of me. The discomfort and dynamics of the work environment pushed me in search of a new job.
By divine orchestration, I met another ‘purpose-driven’ woman – Myekye Hamilton who coached me into applying for my first training job. What I thought was a job in the beginning turned into a career and now a lifestyle. It has been a long journey to get to this point but it is worth the wait. Now what appeared to be a long shot when I started pursuing my dream of becoming a branded speaker, teacher and coach has been fulfilled. Today, I celebrate the accomplishment of becoming a John Maxwell Team member – an independent Certified Teacher, Speaker and Coach.