Have you ever not asked for a raise or opportunity because you didn’t want to seem ungrateful? Do you sometimes bite your tongue because you don’t want to come across as bossy, demanding, or aggressive?
My hand is raised. Looking back, I can see how much I devalued myself and was unaware of my personal power.
Today I’m talking with my dear friend and soccer legend Abby Wambach about her new book, Wolfpack. Not only does Abby argue that we all have what it takes to be a leader, but that we each have the power and opportunity to step up and collectively end gender inequality.
What is Personal Power and Why Do You Need it?
Personal power is your ability to direct or influence a course of events, which includes your behavior. I also love Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s perspective. Power, he said, is the ability to achieve purpose. “It is the strength required to bring about social, political, and economic change.”
Even if it’s a muscle you’ve never exercised before, you have tremendous personal power. As Abby Wambach says, “Leadership is not the privilege of a few, but the right and responsibility of all.”
It’s no secret that modern culture encourages us to follow the rules. If you’re a member of any traditionally marginalized group, you’ve likely be conditioned to be grateful for what you have, while downplaying your strengths and appetite to do and be more.
Leader is not a title that the world gives to you. It's an offering that you give to the world. @AbbyWambach
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But as you’ll hear from Abby, you have the power to forge your own path, demand what you deserve, and lead others to do the same. Embracing your inner “Wolf” along with supporting and advocating for others can transform our cultural and institutional systems in a way that is healthy, expansive, and beneficial for all.
Join this empowering conversation and learn how to:
- Productively address a sexist, racist, or homophobic comment.
- Stop believing the myth of Little Red Riding Hood — and be the Wolf instead.
- Demand the salary you deserve while being grateful for what you have.
- Use failure as fuel to build wisdom, resilience, and bravery.
- Stop being “likable” and play to your strengths.
- Be an encourager who helps others flourish, even after a crushing disappointment.
Check out this episode on The Marie Forleo Podcast
Now, Abby and I would love to hear from you.
Which part of our conversation resonated most with you and why? What can you do to reclaim your personal power right now?
Leave a comment below and let us know. Remember, share as much detail as possible in your reply. Hundreds of thousands of incredible souls come here for insight and motivation, and your story may help someone else have a meaningful breakthrough.
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You can help make the world a kinder, more equitable place. Let’s support one another with compassion — yes, when we succeed, but especially when we fall.
Take it from Abby – A woman who doesn’t give up can never lose.
With enormous love,
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