By Sadie Miller
“Never, sell your soul. What I meant by not selling your soul is don’t be someone you’re not, don’t be less than you are, don’t give up what you believe, because whatever the consequences that may seem scary or bad-whatever the consequences of staying true to yourself are-they are much better than the consequences of selling your soul.”
When a political figure makes a statement, writes a book, announces a plan of some sort that will have a significant impact on people, or does anything at all there are many people who have much to say about it-and it is almost always a negative reaction. There are some who receive criticism poorly, choosing to respond with something nasty or hateful toward that person or group such as Donald Trump, for example. Yet, there are others who respond with such grace and genuineness they show the world that they will not let anyone or any situation define them, no matter the cost. Carly Fiorina is such a person.
In her latest book titled, Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey, the current 2016 Republican presidential candidate shares many critical details of her life taking readers through her journey that led her to where she is today: a candidate who could possibly be the next president of the United States of America. There has been and will be much that people have said and will say about her, particularly how awful she was as a CEO of Hewlett-Packard. That is one story of many she shares with her audience that shows just how little people actually know about her not just as a businesswoman, but as a woman in general.
While she is most known for her time at HP and the fallout from it, she proves that there is so much more to someone than what they do for a living or how much money they make. Rather, it is who they are both in the public eye and perhaps more importantly, when they’re not. What is someone really like when all the lights go out, the cameras are turned off, and the room once filled with hundreds of faces, is now empty? Fiorina understands what people appreciate most: honesty. This trait tends to be one that many public figures don’t have, or if they do, they don’t care to show it to those who need to know who this person really is or who they claim to be.
She strikes the hearts of people everywhere when she shares, for instance, her horrific battle with breast cancer-all the while, campaigning to be the next California Senator-as a Republican. Or when she and her husband Frank receive the news every parent prays they will never have to hear: The loss of their stepdaughter Lori to drug addiction. With each story, she presents the openness that so often the American public misses because of the political back and forth that controls every news station throughout the country. Yes, there are the haters, there always will be. Yet, she provides an open and honest account of both her successes and her failures taking a stand as if to say, This is my story, come what may, I will press on with “a soul intact.”
You can purchase a copy of Rising to the Challenge: My Leadership Journey Here.