Marshawn's Open Road


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“That's what having faith is all about: trusting, even when you don't know what the next step is going to look like.”


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Accomplishing Goals


  • Growing up, Marshawn felt like she had a chip on her shoulder; says dealing with racism in the South really impacted her self-esteem.
  • At the age of 10, a teacher told her, "Only you can define you," and that changed her thinking.
  • By the time she got to college, she'd found her drive and set a number of goals: wanted to be Miss America, wanted to be an attorney.
  • In 2001, she was named Miss District of Columbia, then was third-runner-up in the 2002 Miss America pageant.
  • In 2005, she received her law degree, and she now works as an up-and-coming litigator and consultant.
  • Even after achieving those two huge milestones, she says she still hasn't accomplished all of the goals she's set for herself.
  • Says that whenever you're making a choice, you're going to face doubts, so you can't let the fear of making decisions bog you down.
  • She doesn't know what will come next for her career, but she's not anxious about the future because she's too busy enjoying the present.

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