Milestones are a major key

mile·stone- an action or event marking a significant change or stage in development.

I feel like I have spent my entire life chasing milestones. This week wasn’t any different. Two days ago, I smiled as my manager sat across the room and told my team that I was being promoted. I was all but doing flips on the inside because no one truly understood the magnitude of this moment. I am now the youngest corporate HR partner in my entire team. The irony? I’m black and I don’t have my graduate degree…yet. This is MAJOR.

You would think that the other factors shouldn’t matter but they do. When I look around in monthly meetings there are not many people that look like me. Not only that, but there is no one that has gotten to this position at my age. When I moved to Seattle almost a year ago, I was chasing this milestone moment. I saw an opportunity to prove people wrong.

“They don’t want you to win.”

At times, people have questioned my aspirations and ambitions — I let them. That’s my motivation. I know that God has a plan for me so I cannot let anything prevent me from defying the odds. I was raised by a single parent who made sacrifices to allow me to succeed in life. I’m sure somewhere written in sand I wasn’t supposed to make it to college, but I did. I graduated at the top of my class and debt free. I’m sure I wasn’t supposed to work at Google the summer before I graduated, but I did. I was one of the first students from my school to intern there.

J.K Rowling said it best. You have to possess the nerve. You must have the audacity to think that you can do the unthinkable.

My advice to my readers: Don’t let others be the author of your story.