First Lady Michelle Obama visited Botswana last week, following her visit to South Africa. As well as taking part in a service project with the Botswana Baylor Children’s Clinic Center of Excellence’s Teen Club, which teaches young people about HIV/AIDS, the First Lady spoke at the Women's Leadership Luncheon.
Addressing an audience of young women who are the first in their families to go to college, their families, and women who are leaders in their fields, Mrs. Obama told her own story:
I realized that success is not about where you come from or how much money your family has. Success is about how passionately you believe in your own potential and more importantly how hard you’re willing to work to achieve it.
And what I have said to so many young people and young women is that if ever you start to doubt yourself—because I did this—I would remember all of that faith, all that love, all that hard work that my parents poured into me.
And by doing that, for me, that would light my path. That would guide me on my journey.