The conference usually sells out and tickets go fast, so I bought my ticket right away. From seeing Lupita in 12 Years a Slave and winning the Oscar, to her many appearances on talk shows, wowing everyone with her stunning looks and spot-on fashion sense, she was a star outshining them all.
But it wasn’t just her looks and acting talent. Her poise and elegance never failed and she doled out many words of wisdom. After all, she’s a Yale School of Drama graduate.
The conference wasn’t until December. But time flies. And before I knew it, I was there. Lupita was down to earth, emotional and honest. She cried during her speech, because she is so grateful for her life and what she has dreamed up into reality.
She shared what she did to make her dreams come true and gave us seven tips on how we can do the same in our lives. This post should have gone up back in December, but things happened. So based on the notes that I took at the conference, this is what she recommends. I think it’s great advice and hope you do too!
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1. Tell Yourself What You Love To Yourself.
Before you can have what you want, you have to admit to yourself what it is that you really want. Even though it may seem silly or impossible. She talked about how she always knew she wanted to be an actress, but it seemed ridiculous to say to herself that she wanted to “make pretend” for a living.
2. Have 4 Stretcher Bearers.
You need at least four people who will help you and “carry you” when you can’t do it yourself. When you are feeling down and ready to give up, you need people who know how important your dream is and will help you to keep going.
3. Remember Where You Come From.
Part of what she said was that in our lives, we have been inspired by certain things all along. Certain stories, books and people who resonated with us along the way. At the time, they may not have seemed particularly relevant to our lives, but there was some spark. Remember that part of who you are that was inspired.
4. Don’t Underestimate The Power Of Writing Goals Down.
One of the things that she wrote down was that she wanted to do films with meaning and spend a week in New Orleans. Soon after, she was filming 12 Years a Slave just outside New Orleans.
5. Breathe. Meditate. Pray. Be Still Within Your Soul.
6. Always Allow Failure To Be An Option.
7. Step Forward. Repeat.
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Screenshot: Lupita Nyong’o on Instagram