What It Means To Be Powerful?

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I was having a discussion recently with someone explaining how frustrating a particular situation became to me. I was not just frustrated, but angry too. I said I can’t believe I can’t complete this simple task because these little things were stopping me from getting it done. I was literally ready to throw the computer off the balcony. I think we have all been there. But then, my friend turned around and said to me that you shouldn’t be frustrated because you are powerful. Wow, I just stopped dead in my tracks and had to think about what that meant. I immediately thought they were right. Why was I letting this silly technology problem get in my way? There are way bigger things to do then be upset over something so small. I sat down and started to think about what being powerful really meant.

When I was 17 years old I started an entire paper recycling program for my high school. That meant picking up the phone and finding the recycler, figuring out all of the logistics, implementing the program and then making sure everyone knew how it worked for an entire high school. It was not an easy task, I still remember it well.

Just last year I was back in my childhood home. My sister and I were cleaning out the final remaining items of 30 plus years of stuff. My mother had passed away and we were there to get the house ready to sell. She kept everything. I came across my senior high school year book. I couldn’t help but go through it and see all the familiar faces. And then, there it was. It was an article that talked about the Science Club and the whole recycling program that I started. I honestly didn’t remember that story being in the yearbook. I read feverishly to see what it said. The best part of that article was seeing the amount of paper we collected in that year. It was 4 tons.  Wow, how impressive that at 17, I did that. I created that. I helped make a huge impact. That was powerful indeed.

I went on to college and completed a degree in marine science. I was powerful enough to become a marine biologist and literally swim with sharks.

I educate and inspire people to help take care of our oceans and our planet. It takes courage and power to stand up for something that we need to survive as a human race.

I have been so powerful that I became an entrepreneur to have more influence and to do more for our planet. I have grown a company from being local to be being global. It was all because of power that has led me to do these great things and power that came from inside of me.

Power is looking life in the face and saying that I am not afraid of you. I will not let the little things get in the way of doing such positive things for people and the planet.

I have the power and the courage to step up and be a global leader in this industry. I have the power to be an inspiring speaker and get people around the world to take action for what is right and necessary.

My message to you today is to tell you that you have such great and immense power within you. Never let daily inconveniences or mundane irritations stop you from being a powerful person in this world. The planet needs people with great internal power to make amazing things happen. I am one of those of people, are you going to join me?

 

Tara LaSalla

Tara is the owner of Green Me Locally which was established in 2010 with a mission to bring awareness to the surrounding community about local eco-friendly businesses, events and sustainable living. She is also a business profitability consultant and specializes in helping companies lower their environmental impact, do good things for people and the planet and become more profitable at the same time. Tara helps companies create simple, sustainable solutions and become totally green while still increasing their profits. Her core belief is that we only have one planet, so it is our obligation to start making changes for the sake of our health and the health of future generations. Tara is known for creating easy solutions for post-consumer waste and the conservation of natural resources. Her clients are inspired and empowered to lead the way to a healthier tomorrow. Tara currently resides in St. Petersburg, FL where she is an active community leader in the form of environmental and marine conservation and education. Her work with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Tampa Bay Watch and other local organizations continues to inspire those around her to protect our natural resources. She holds true to one of Mahatma Gandhi's most famous principles: "Be the change you want to see in the world."

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