In celebration of Women’s History Month, I was asked to write about a woman who inspired me. I chose Lucille Ball. I can hear you thinking, why Lucille Ball?
I remember Lucille mostly from all the “I love Lucy” shows she starred in. I can remember how Lucy and Ethel would get into some of the most awkward situations but somehow make it through them. She would always make me laugh. Lucille had such a successful career in how she handled herself.
Lucille was the first woman to head a major Hollywood studio and then later sold it for 17 million dollars. The new owner changed the name to Paramount Pictures. She was named the “queen of comedy” who paved the way for many women comedians. I loved her entrepreneurial drive. She pioneered many new areas in her time. I am sure she heard many tell her she should not be acting or being a comedian, but she obviously did not listen. She made her mark and became the best in her era.
I think most all of us enjoyed Lucy and all the times she made us laugh. It seems the one thing she held tightly to was her confidence in who she was. She did things out of the ordinary and that is commendable.
Believing in you enough to take chances for success is a strong characteristic of a leader. I am sure that the road Lucille walked on was not easy, but she kept moving forward despite of others opinions.
Growing up, my family had a motto, “ When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” I am sure Lucille might have said this a few times in her life as well. Remember to always move yourself forward as you follow your dreams. Lucille is a great one to inspire us all.
I’d love to hear in the comments below stories of women who inspired you.