With a story of overcoming adversity to not only survive, but thrive, today’s guest is a source of inspiration to women everywhere. Venus Morris Griffin is an award-winning real estate agent, inspirational speaker, author of an upcoming book, and single mother of seven who unexpectedly became the sole provider for her family in 2011. Today, she tells the story of how she rose above her circumstances to become stronger than ever today. Venus shares how she received a call from a sex worker who was blackmailing her husband and explains why, while she is not responsible for the awful things that happened to her, she takes responsibility for the choices she made. In the face of adversity, she recommends always asking, what can I learn? Who am I and how can I be better for it? Venus gives us some powerful examples of how she has found a positive spin for the tricky hands she has been dealt in life, and how her own challenges have led her to refuse to judge others. She lets us in on her public speaking journey and how she chose this career in the hope of helping others before telling us why the first piece of advice she gives others is to take care of themselves. This episode is peppered with powerful pearls of wisdom that you can apply to your own journey, so we hope you will join us to learn from Venus’s remarkable story today!
Key Points From This Episode:
The call Venus received from a sex worker blackmailing her husband. Her first reaction to defend her husband and not to believe the accusations. Insights into Venus’s childhood and the details of her mom’s alcoholism. Why she wrote the book to share her light and help others after experiencing darkness. Her message is that it doesn’t matter what happens to you; you can get through anything. Why it is so important to take responsibility in order to help people to get out of that cycle. How she chose to keep supporting her husband before he failed his lie detector test and was convicted of a terrible crime. The realization that education would distinguish her life from her brother and sister’s. How each of her children was conceived with a donor. Her belief in having a deep sense of who you are in order to do better. Why she chose to forgive her mother and her husband in order to move forward. What you should ask in adversity: what can I learn, who am I, and how can I be better for it? Why she refuses to judge others after having experienced her own challenges. Why she chose to become a public speaker: to help other people. Her advice to surround yourself with people who are better than you, competition is healthy! Why your work ethic will set you apart without you having to say anything. Her book, Validated, that is coming out towards the end of the year.