I like Donna Brazile. She is a mover and shaker. She was named one of the twenty remarkable visionaries in the first ever O Power list in O, The Oprah Magazine in 2009. Any time you want to get solid thought-provoking remarks regarding politics or current events, you can count on Ms. Brazile to deliver. A life long devoted public servant since the age of nine, Brazile has served on presidential campaigns from 1976-2000 and was campaign manager for former Vice President Al Gore. This Louisiana native continues to strive for excellence and make a difference in the community and nation. Her passion is to encourage young people to vote, run for a public office and work within the system to strengthen it.
Throughout her career, she has encountered many extraordinary people who have touched and make a difference in her life. In this month’sO, The Oprah Magazine, Donna shares her 6 rules on the smartest advice she’s received.
1. Be the buffalo.
Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee nation, once told Donna how the cow runs away from the storm while the buffalo charges directly toward it—and gets through it quicker. Whenever Ms. Brazile is faced with adversity, she doesn’t procrastinate and avoid the issue. She becomes the buffalo.
2. Organize the small to make room for the big.
Ms. Brazile admits she’s addicted to gadgets. She says, “Trouble is, I keep forgetting where I put them. ” One of her friends once asked her said, “Our lives are spent in moments—how many of them do you want to waste looking for your cell phone or BlackBerry?” The questions prompted her to realize that finding a place for everything frees up time to pursue what you really want.
3. Go help someone.
Donna says, her mom wasn’t very patient woman. If she ever complained about being lonely or bored, her mom would tell her to go help someone, anyone. To this day, Donna says when she starts to feel sorry for herself, she looks for a good deed to do.
But she keeps one thing in mind….