What do these three women – Indigenous actress Miranda Tapsell, author,/founder/editor of Collective Hub magazine Lisa Messenger and engineer/marathon runner/survivor Turia Pitt – all have in common?
Each of them have achieved their massive goals and dreams.
Now they have teamed up together with Disney to encourage other young women to dream big. So if you’re in need of some serious inspiration and motivation, I suggest you read on.
Turia’s story of survival epitomises human challenge and overcoming adversity. Suffering burns to 65% of her body after being trapped by a grassfire during an ultra-marathon, the former mining engineer defied all the odds by learning to run again.
If you let other people’s expectations define you, then they will. But if you put your mind to anything, anything is possible.”
Turia set herself a constant string of goals. She started by literally taking three steps a day, then five and eventually increasing this to running. She believed in herself and fought for herself, having to learn to walk all over again.
“Setting myself small but achievable goals got me through, as I was determined to not let my recovery be restricted by what others said I could and couldn’t do,” she commented.
“I think it’s incredibly important for young girls to be inspired by other young women and see what can be achieved when we don’t give up.”
Miranda wanted nothing more than to shake off people’s immediate judgements and perceptions of her: being a “short aboriginal girl”. She wanted more than that.
She strove hard to fulfil her goals of being a big time actress, and now she’s crushing it on popular drama Love Child. But she didn’t get there without any challenges.
She says the film The Sapphires was the turning point for her career. “I wasn’t coming across any acting work and I was struggling with money and then the auditions for the film came along. I loved [The Sapphires’] story so much, I wanted nothing more than to be in it. It was more than just working for me. It was a dream job. So I drilled the lines for the auditions and sung my heart out in my Aunty and Uncles place – where I was living at the time. Ultimately, it was The Sapphires that opened doors for other projects like LoveChild. It was a blessing.”
“I think its incredibly important for young girls to be told at a young age that they’re allowed to have dreams. How does anyone know what is possible when they’re not told? My parents always encouraged that in me as a child, and it’s got me where I am today. It’s because I envisioned my future so clearly that I then took steps to make my dreams come true.”
“I grew up watching Disney Princess films and I’ve loved seeing how these stories have evolved over the years. Particularly with Brave and Frozen where the Princesses have been inspirational, because they’ve chosen what they’ve wanted to do with their lives. Who doesn’t want to get on board with that?”
When Lisa was eight years old she decided she wanted to change the world. She’s been chasing her dreams ever since. Now she runs global magazine The Collective Copy and she’s all about empowering other women – particularly entrepreneurs – to fulfil their dreams.
“I have such an innate unwavering self-belief now. It’s unshakeable. When life is at its hardest and most confronting, they are the times now that I know, good is about to come,” she says.
When asked what her advice for other women was, she said, “Work your butt off!! Quite seriously. There is no quick pill. Also work on yourself continuously to get a really strong sense of who you are and an unwavering self belief. Don’t be afraid to take risks. And fail fast.”
We can all take massive learnings from these incredible women. If you back yourself, fight for what you believe in and don’t give up, it’s a recipe for success. If you dream big, and push yourself to reach your goals, you can. What are your dreams?