THE NUMBER 2 SPEECH | #BEINGMARYJANE
I don’t want to talk about sisterhood.
I know there are a lot of professional women here, but I want to talk to the younger girls. You’re in this mentorship program because you want to succeed. You want to be your mentor and everyone says do your best to be number one, but there’s another position.
I’ve found that being number two gives you all the glory of being at the top without any of the pressure of the number one spot.
And the job of any good number two is to figure out what the number
one is missing; what they refuse to see, or what they’re doing wrong. Take your time and learn. Be patient. Get better. Because I guarantee you, your opportunity to be number one will come but you have to be ready.
I’ll use myself as an example. I’m here as a fill-in speaker for the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, but she wasn’t meant to speak to you today; I was. I want every girl here to know that no matter whether you’re number two or thirty or one hundred, you’ll end up where you’re supposed to be if you do the work. So do the work. Because remember, if you don’t, someone else will.
I’m Mary Jane Paul. And I thank you for listening."
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