Chapter 2Lisa Chin Is Not Doing This to Be HappyWho Are You at Your Core?

Our greatest fear is not that we are inadequate, but that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory within us. It is not just in some; it's in everyone.

As we let our own light shine, we consciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our fear, our presence liberates others.

—Marianne Williamson

She is pretty matter-of-fact about taking the leap: “I was at a real crossroads in my life. I was working at a large company and I knew I didn't want to do that anymore. I didn't know what I wanted to do exactly, but I needed a change.” I met Lisa Chin about 10 years ago. When you talk about thoughtful, humble, smart, she is all that in spades. At that time, she'd had a successful, 20-year career in the private sector. But she needed a change.

Around the same time, she was pregnant with a baby boy. The birth sparked something unexpected, and I don't mean a baby. “I had my moment of really believing in myself when I had Benjamin. It wasn't the college degrees. It wasn't the job titles. It was in giving birth to a ...

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