At Prosper!, the Dames Bond conference last week, I was asked to give a TED-like talk entitled “In my own words.” I chose the subject of answering the call – however it might come – and eventually calling upon yourself to recognize your true interests and strengths and pursue them. I’m not usually one for motivational-type speeches (giving or hearing them), so I did what I know best – I picked three stories in my past that lead me to how I’m living out my passion today. And this represents the first time that I come out publicly that (egads!) I was quite a mediocre student growing up. But I wouldn’t re-write that part as it opened doors, er had calls, I wouldn’t normally have had.