“Before you ask yourself, ‘What am I going to be when I grow up?’ ask yourself the question, ‘Who am I going to be when I grow up?’” With this opening prompt, Angela Garcia (mother of Diego and Iggy ’20 and owner of AG Fitness) began our Thursday TOM Talk.
“The answer to this question will always be the same, no matter if you become a dentist, an electrician, a teacher, an engineer, a musician, an entrepreneur. Who you will be in this world is what will make an impact, your career will be just one vehicle in which to achieve it… You have a purpose and we need the unique talents that you bring to the world desperately.”
A game changer in her own unique way, Mrs. Garcia is an entrepreneur, coach and trainer. She has traveled the world with the U.S Olympic and Nike Snowboarding teams. She has run a successful business for ten years, rubbed elbows with celebrities, and landed back stage passes and front row tickets to some of the world's grandest X-Game and athletic events. But her greatest accomplishments and the moments in which she is most proud is when she feels that she has “changed the game” for someone. “I hope that you experience the kind of success that truly matters, that your eyes see clearly the need around you and that your heart springs forth service to others.”
“If you’re ever in doubt on how to be a game changer, St. Francis of Assisi made a cheat sheet: Where there is hatred, let me bring love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light, and where there is sadness, joy.”
Thank you, Mrs. Garcia, for sharing your own personal light with our STA community today and for reminding us all that it doesn’t matter what we do but rather who we are that has the power to impact the world.