Inspiration – Sonia Sotomayor

I remember the day that President Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. I was still in Puerto Rico and for weeks, all we had in the newspapers were stories about this woman. Even sports fans knew her because she had been involved in the baseball strike. It was inevitable, I read probably four or five biographies back in those days.

It is always fascinating to me what motivates people. If you come from a wealthy family, society expects you to be a great person. If you come from a poor family, nobody is surprised if you become a thieve or a gang member. We should stop living with these stereotypes because they are not true. Look at Ms. Sotomayor. She was born into a family of little means. Her mother worked two jobs to make sure that her children had the best education. Her father died when she was 9. When she finished high school, she went to Princeton University.

She might have felt out of place when she got there, and still, she graduated summa cum laude. She went to Yale and finished her Juris Doctor. Worked for the District Attorneys office, and the rest is history. Yesterday, we talked about Helen Keller and a physical challenge. Today, we have an example of a woman with an economic challenge. It could not have been easy to go to the best schools in such a small income. It had to be a challenge to go from the Bronx in the 1970’s to Princenton and Yale. And yet, why do we find it surprising when somebody with this background makes it?

The reason why I picked Sonia Sotomayor as an inspiration is not because she is only the third woman in the Supreme Court and the first Latina. It is not because she came from humble beginnings. It is because she is a great example of not accepting any excuses. She might have felt uncomfortable, it might have been hard. She did not use those as excuses to fail, she used them as reasons to succeed. What can you do today to prove you want to achieve your goals?

I found this picture in Yahoo! It is the portrait of the Supreme Court as it stands today. And if you look to the right, you will see her with a huge, satisfied smile. Check it out tomorrow, when I tell you why I think this next woman is an inspiration, and it is not about money, although she has plenty.

Thanks to Yahoo for the image of the Supreme Court

Sonia Sotomayor and the Supreme Court

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. vikki
    Mar 03, 2010 @ 10:33:15

    She is a great inspiration and definitely a model worthy of being young womens idol!

  2. aviddiva
    Mar 03, 2010 @ 17:05:11

    She is a great role model, specially for Hispanic women. It is nice to see someone who used her brains to get ahead, no matter where she comes from.

  3. Amy Starr Allen
    Mar 04, 2010 @ 01:43:02

    This is a great post… and truly a great reminder for all of us not to accept any excuses when it comes to achieving our goals. We are capable of anything if we want it badly enough! Sonia’s living proof :).

  4. aviddiva
    Mar 04, 2010 @ 13:14:33

    Thank you Amy, I believe all the women I chose are great examples of determination. It is not so much what they did with their lives (they are all very different). It is that they had goals and they achieved them. I can’t wait to see who people suggest as we go through these.

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