Success on Your Own Authentic Terms

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If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • If I could encourage humanity to do anything, it would be for each individual to always stay true to him or herself. Throughout my creative journey, I have learned that everyone may not understand or encourage your visions, but it is not up to them to do so.

    I believe that each of us has been given a divine purpose. Once you realize what your talent or gift is, as well as what you feel you were created to achieve, hold on to that. It is your truth, a realization that no person can take away from you unless you give them the power to do so.

    I have learned that everyone’s path is different. In life, you will only be truly happy if you do what you love and travel your own course instead of following someone’s blueprint for your life. In my works, I encourage women, especially young adults, to embrace the person they are and to never feel ashamed or embarrassed about anything they have been through.

    Those very experiences are the elements that help to shape the person you are or the person you wish to become. Working through my own experiences, both personal and professional, I have been able to find my voice despite the many obstacles that have been presented to me, including being told that I would never make it.

    Having realized my talent and being determined to be successful at it, despite the odds, I am now in a better position to exercise my voice and help others to realize that they too can succeed in whatever it is they strive for.

    Over time, it has become clear to me that what matters most is that you live the life that makes you happy. The key to doing this is to remain true to you. So often we compare our lives to others and their standards, consequently measuring our success against theirs. This error causes us to sell ourselves short, diminishing our overall happiness as we try to obtain what someone else has or says we should have.

    But, I’ve learned that success is relative. It is up to you to determine what you want or need in order to view yourself as successful on your own terms.

    Once you accomplish realizing your purpose and your talents, creating your own path towards obtaining your goals, finding happiness and joy in what you do, and continue to remain focused on your vision, all other things will fall into place, be it wealth, stability, or whatever you personally define to be success.

    But most importantly, you will then be better able to be a beacon of hope or a help aid to someone else whom your story or journey may inspire.

    Kenni York

    Kenni is a 30-year old author, motivational speaker, and visionary. Her literary works include Ask No Questions (murder mystery), A Girl's Perspective (poetry), Merrilittle: Murder in a Small Town (young adult murder mystery, 1st in a series), Striving for Happily Ever After (marriage self-help), The Girls (Urban Fiction), My Dad is an Army Man (children’s book) and the recently released Karma series (Urban Fiction). She also freelances as a greeting card writer and a columnist for Examiner.com under the title The Atlanta Marriage Examiner. Kenni is dedicated to educating, entertaining, and enlightening her community. As such, she facilitates a monthly workshop for underprivileged young girls entitled "Kenni & I". In this capacity, she provides the young ladies with encouragement and positive messages to aid them in their social and educational development. Additionally, Kenni facilitates monthly book club meetings for various age groups at the Atlanta based youth organization Create Your Dreams. Annually, Kenni hosts a youth book drive to promote summer reading amongst school aged children. As a means of giving back to the community so much of what she has obtained through her literary career, Kenni offers creative writing courses for school-aged children in various locations in Atlanta. She also provides one on one tutorial sessions to help middle school children strengthen their writing skills in preparation for scholastic, writing based tests. Kenni’s accolades include reaching number 5 on Amazon’s Best Sellers List for United States Drama for her urban fiction novel, The Girls. Additionally, during its first month of release, The Girls achieved the #1 slot for Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Drama. As an army wife and mother, Kenni values the family structure and providing her children with a firsthand look at how one can be successful by using their natural talents and creativity.

    For more information, please visit kenniyork.webs.com.

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    1. vikiann
      vikiann says:

      Hi Kenni! Thank you for this post. It is so clear and so encouraging. I can see why you work on creating great experiences for young people, especially young women! What a terrific mission in life! I look forward to getting your books on my Kindle, as mysteries are always fun. When is your birthday? (My mission as an astro-biographer is to look at people’s birthdays and study their lives, identifying and utilizing their strengths so that others find kinship there and push past their own constraints and challenges.) Also, I just love your photograph, as it shows a confident, knowing, and beautiful woman! (It’s all in the eyes….) God bless you.

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