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If you didn’t believe in the power of blogging to change your life, empower a cause, or even influence a global audience in a meaningful manner, perhaps you will now, because a seventeen-year-old blogger just won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Malala Yousafzai has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her work toward helping girls’ rights and education around the world. This is the second time Malala has been nominated, and she shares the award as co-recipient with Indian activist Kailish Satyarthi.
If you are not familiar with Malala, I have mentioned her several times in my posts. She started blogging at the age of 10, when she lived in Pakistan and the girls’ schools were being closed by the Taliban. Through her writing, she started a worldwide movement to support girls’ education and attracted the attention of not only news outlets like Huffington Post and CNN, but also the Taliban who threatened to behead her if she insisted on continuing to blog.
Well, she did keep blogging, not only for girls’ rights but also for boys’ rights. The Taliban didn’t behead her, but they did board her school bus and shoot her twice in the head. Fortunately Malala survived and returned to blogging and campaigning for education rights. She became a worldwide symbol for girls’ rights and was a front runner for the Nobel Peace Prize, and has won it this year. Did I mention she is just seventeen years old?
Malala is my favorite real-life super hero because while she admits she was very afraid, she didn’t let that stop her from pursuing her dream for a better life for herself and others. What better role model can there be?
If a teenage girl can stare down the barrels of guns held by the Taliban, surely we can find the strength in our own lives to stand up for what we want. Malala personifies the Japanese proverb, “Fall down seven times, stand up eight.” How many times has something in your life knocked you down? Can you also find the strength to stand up one more time?
Believe In Yourself
Taking a cue from Malala, I challenge you to overcome your fears and pursue the life you want. This website, GottaGetBlogging, is dedicated to equipping people with the tools they need to find the strength to stand up and reach for their goals. I have heard the stories from real people, just like you and me, whose lives have been completely made over thanks to blogging. They have told me blogging became their lifeline, their ticket to putting food on the table, the key to finding happiness on their own terms.
I look at Lou Mongello, who went from billable hours as a New York attorney to spending every day at the Happiest Place on Earth as a podcaster.
I remember Julie Deily sharing with me that she was going to give herself 6 months of full-time blogging and if it didn’t work, she’d have to go job hunting. Now she travels to Italy and Mexico for her food blog.
I recall Deb Boyd, a retiree and cancer survivor that needed supplemental income to make ends meet. Now she has not one, but two full-time blogs.
I point to Laurita Tellado, champion for Spina Bifida, so empowered by her blog that she even traveled to the White House for a blogging event.
I am proud to share these stories of real people that have taken the leap and overcome their fears and have empowered themselves. Helping others has become my passion, and so if you haven’t yet, please accept my invitation for a free month of GottaGetBlogging.com.
Sign up, watch some how-to videos, tune into our weekly webinars, connect with others in our community, and find a mentor in our one-on-one help. We are focused on helping you not just making a living, but rather making a life, and there is a huge difference between the two.
Every single person in this community is dedicated to not only growing themselves, but to helping others be the best they can be. And, I have a dream of this becoming a passionate, supportive community for bloggers by bloggers benefiting bloggers. (No, that may not make me a real life super hero like Malala, but maybe it can make a small difference in your life, too.)
Congratulations, Malala! Well done, blogger. Well done!