Alicia Keys

“In spite of my conviction, others continued to feed me with doubt rather than offer support. It was disappointing and scary. I kept thinking, “Maybe I should do this in my personal time. When I have downtime, I can do this.” But as I worked through the process and followed my intuition, I found that my life became fuller—my goals and purpose were greater than any of the negativity I faced.  I was becoming more complete.

As I look to the future, a goal of mine is to change perceptions. I’ve learned that as a culture, we like to box everyone in with short, concise descriptions. We love stereotypes and we love genres— we love feeling like there’s a compartment or space to put things in order. I’d like to break down those preconceptions and allow people to shine as they are and not how we want them to be.

Through my experience, I’ve learned that you can create the world you want, and fill it with the opportunities that are right for you. Do not let others limit your power or step on your integrity. Instead, focus on what matters to you. You can never lose when you’re passionate about your place in the world and believe in the choices you’ve made along the way.

Alicia Keys: Becoming Limitless


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