Recipe For Success: Michelle Obama

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Image of Michelle Obama from Call and Post, on 9-30-2020

Born: January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois

Personal Success Definition

I define a successful person as someone who is able to find fulfillment and happiness in a variety of situations.

Michelle Obama was happy as a lawyer before becoming the first lady and finding satisfaction and fulfillment in being an advocate for children’s health.

Skills for Success

Describe what skills did they need to master to become successful?

List and describe at least 3

Michelle Obama is 1) an incredible public speaker, 2) a hard worker and 3) a loving member of her community. Michelle attended Princeton, graduating in 1985 cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts. Michelle’s older brother also attended Princeton, graduating in 1983. She was determined to get into the school based on her own hard work and worth not, because of her brother’s legacy. She went on to attend Harvard Law School, where she advocated for the hiring of professors from minority groups. She graduated in 1988 with her Juris Doctor. She used her law degree to work for Sidley & Austin in Chicago, working on marketing and intellectual property law before she left to work as the Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public Allies. She went on to set fundraising records for the organization that stood for 12 years after she left. In 2016, Michelle Obama became the First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) and held that position for the next eight years.

How They Used These Skills

Picture of the Let’s Move! logo: on 10-19-2020

Using her public speaking skills and desire to contribute to her community While, Michelle Obama implemented a program called Let’s Move which worked to prevent and reverse childhood obesity while she was the FLOTUS.

Challenges Overcome

Michelle Obama was a black girl growing up in the 60s and 70s, so fighting racism and stereotypes was a challenge she had to push through every day. On top of that, she also experienced gender discrimination. In her memoir she wrote that people wouldn’t listen to or ask her opinions, instead looking to her brother to provide answers.

Significant Work

Image from on 10-19-2020

The Obama family lead our country for eight years from the White House.


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