Tuesday, November 24, 2009 12:19 am
My Personal Best
How to keep the dream alive and find your victory.
By Marta Montenegro, Founder/Publisher/Editor-In-Chief; Photography by Dania Graibe
“How long have you been involved with this magazine?” That was the opener of a recent interview I gave to a colleague from the print world, and I must say the woman who asked it looked a little baffled when I answered “22 years.” Being a journalist myself, I sensed her follow-up question. So I told her the story I will tell now.
I was young, sitting at the dinner table in Venezuela, when my father (a respected attorney who sadly passed away a few years later) said, “When you grow up and become a lawyer like me…” But before he could finish his sentence, I said: “Dad, I want to be a journalist when I grow up. And I want to have my own magazine one day.” No law school for me.
It’s funny how that cartoon-obsessed little girl managed to have her wildest dreams come true. Not only did I build my own magazine, I’m proud to say it’s an award-winning magazine to boot. SOBeFiT hit the ground running with a sold-out 5K race as its launch event, more than 500 driven and enthusiastic contestants for the first annual Fittest Person of the Year Contest, and a capable crew of about 20 dedicated professionals who believe this is one of the best companies to work for.
I am proud of these achievements. They help me share with others the value of having a clear vision to reach lifelong dreams. First you have to visualize them, try to feel how great it would be to experience them in real life. Then you have to work harder than anyone else around you, and measure up to the best. You have to invest in your passion, follow your heart… and fail. Yes, you will fail along the way, but you will get back up, stronger and more focused about what it takes to make the dream happen.
The bigger your dreams are, the harder you must work to reach them… but also the greater your victory will be once you’re done. I never became an attorney, as my father thought I should. But I’ve learned how to make MY OWN dreams happen, and I think he would have been infinitely more proud of that. My victory is also his.
Then again, my dream is not over. It keeps spawning new dreams, more challenges, greater effort. I keep dreaming, devoting my life every day to their realization. I want to experience many more victories along the way, and chief among them is helping YOU on your quest to make your own dreams come true. So let me know how well I’m doing my job, okay?
Find your victory! Don’t hesitate - e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What was Marta’s biggest achievement in 2009? Find that out and more in the November/December 2009 issue of SOBeFiT Magazine.
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