Compete

This is an excerpt of a speech given by former US First Lady Hillary Clinton to young girls. We hope it inspires you:

When I think about the world our girls are entering as young women, I cannot help but feel excitement for the opportunities that lie ahead of you. Never before have so many doors been open. And by 2024, I have a feeling we’ll have unlocked the door to the Oval Office too.

You are so lucky. The world is at your doorstep — and on your laptop. You are more connected than any generation in history. You can see and hear what’s wrong and do your part to make it right. Sure, there are a lot of big issues out there. Sometimes it probably feels daunting trying to figure out where to start. But in my experience, the best place to start is often with, well, you. What issues do you care about? Global warming or global poverty? Educating children or treating them when they’re sick? The good news is you have a lot of choices. The bad news is you have a lot of choices.

I remember trying to decide what to do with my own life. I felt pulled in a million different directions. As a young woman I even applied to become an astronaut, but NASA was not accepting women at the time. While I’m glad NASA later changed its policy, for me at the time it was probably a blessing in disguise! Even as First Lady, I faced one of the hardest decisions of my life: choosing to run for the United States Senate. I had never run for office before, and I wasn’t sure if running for Senate was the right thing to do. I needed a sign. Fortunately, I got one.

And so my one piece of advice to you, passed on to me by a very wise young woman, is this: Dare to compete at every opportunity. Politics is a great way to get involved and I recommend it! But it is not the only way. The truth is, every day is a crossroads. Every day is a chance to change your life and our world for the better. I hope you embrace this change!