Relevance and longevity in any field requires you to see things as a marathon, not a sprint. The work you do in the beginning can pay off greatly down the road. Fernanda De Hoyos-Walther knows this very well. She invested the time to become not only an avid endurance runner, but a lawyer, serious news hound, and social good advocate. I asked her four short sentences and she finished them. I immediately got a great idea of what drives her continuous passion for excellence.
Being a lawyer allows me to…walk in someone else' shoes. I can understand the pro’s and cons of almost any situation. I also feel more assertive when speaking my mind. But by far, the best thing about it are the collaborations and interactions with a variety of national and international organizations that reach out to people in need.
Success is…the ability or recognize our gifts and realistically approach life within the set of circumstances that we are given, and thrive, and put a lot of effort into any endeavor and make a positive difference in someone’s life. Success is measured by many with standards that might be not reachable for everyone and that is why you have to keep it in perspective. I commonly hear that you have to have your dream job to be happy or have this or do that. But it is very different from one person to another. Take some young, U.S. based entrepreneurs with a lot of debt but with a lot of charisma and great ideas, well, to them success might consist of paying off debt, developing those ideas and making a great company that employs a lot of people. They might make a great living, have a family, give back to community and have fun in the process. Now, compare them with aspiring entrepreneurs living in an African village. For them, the inability to be able to obtain clean water, and the illnesses that result from poor sanitation, keeps him poor. If we understand that Africa has abundant water resources that are not being efficiently utilized, then we can understand that to them, success would be to find a way to get water to where it is needed most. If they can somehow can help their village get access to water, then he would succeed.