Golf champion Michelle Wie has said she doesn’t simply want to be known as someone who won the most LPGA tournaments in history:
“I want to be known as doing stuff that no one ever thought of… I want to be known as people that changed the world and people that change how people think.” [The Honolulu Advertiser, February 10, 2005]
[Photo from www.michellewie.com – which also includes her artwork.]
Psychologist Kenneth Christian refers to another golf athlete, Annika Sorenstam, “who competed in the male-dominated PGA golf tournament in 2003 – the first time for a woman in 58 years.”
Sorenstam commented to CNN she took on the challenge “because I like to test myself. I’m looking for ways to take my game to a different level.”
“And now there’s Michelle Wie,” Christian adds – “a Hawaiian girl who has played three or four golf tournaments against men, and at thirteen, she is hitting very long three hundred yard drives. She’s a force of nature, a remarkable person. And the pressure on her is something completely different from Annika. Michelle thinks it’s a hoot to be playing with men, but for Annika it looked like pins and needles, and she threatened certain men.”
With women like Sorenstam, Christian says, he thinks the internal barriers now “have to do with being the first or one of the first persons doing something. And there are still women doing things for the first time, and I think that is such a strong issue. It is such an exciting time for women.”
From our interview: Striving for achievement.
Having self assurance about your abilities like Wie is inspiring, but many of us have not “seen” ourselves objectively enough, or with enough acceptance to feel that confident.
In her article Fostering adult giftedness Sharon Lind says, “The first step towards building a strong social and emotion base is to recognize and acknowledge one’s own strengths or gifts. For many adults this facet of who they are has either gone unnoticed, been ignored or was not expressed for cultural reasons.”
Start at any age
But age, thankfully, is not a barrier to realizing your talents. Oscar Niemeyer, for example, received the highest honor in his field of architecture, just after his 80th birthday, and at 97, was developing one of his most ambitious projects. Acclaimed writer Dominick Dunne notes he never wrote a word until he was 50.
Read about other examples of mature creators in my post Does Creativity Have An Expiration Date?.
Many talented and creative people experience impostor feelings and beliefs about themselves, despite their accomplishments.
Valerie Young, Ed.D. is an expert on impostor syndrome and commented in an Entrepreneur magazine article: “Millions of people, from entrepreneurs to celebrities, have a hard time internalizing their accomplishments.”
From post: Getting beyond impostor feelings.
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