The Speed of the Leader
Mary Kay Ash often said, “The speed of the leader is the speed of the gang.” As I think about the celebration of our 50th anniversary and the theme of “One Woman Can,” I was excited to learn that Danica Patrick posted the fastest qualifying lap to earn pole position in next Sunday's Sprint Cup Series opening race. I actually don’t follow NASCAR racing, so I can’t tell you too much about the pole and racing. But, I have followed Danica Patrick’s career and her many achievements.
Danica’s racing dream began as early as age 9, when she saw her first go-kart. Her dad, TJ, was an avid racer and had raced snowmobiles, midget cars and motocross bikes. Danica and her sister, Brooke, began racing go-karts as a way for the family to spend more time together at their home in Roscoe, Illinois. Now Danica is a role model to girls and women whose dreams expand the boundaries of what is possible.
Some of the inspiration that Danica has shared includes:
- “My parents taught me at an early age to trust my gut. To hear and then listen to that inner voice we all have. Dad taught me to think, listen and learn. Good advice that helped me strengthen my instincts.”
- “I’m one of those drivers who feeds off negativity a little bit. I took all of the skeptics, all of the naysayers in the media, and all of the people who didn’t believe I could win, and used them as my inspiration to go out there and show them what I’m made of.”
- “Success doesn’t just happen. You have to go out there and make it happen. If you sit around waiting for success, it’ll never come. In the end, all you’ll be is someone just sitting around waiting.”
- “I’m pretty much an ordinary girl who was blessed with extraordinary purpose and ambition. I’m living proof that if you work hard and aim high, you can do whatever you set your mind to - even if that makes you different. Take it from me. What makes you different makes you great.”