Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Michelle Obama: 'I still have imposter syndrome'

Michelle Obama Michelle Obama weighs in on the idea of 'leaning in': 'That s--t doesn't work' - NY Daily News
Gerardo Duncan | 05 December, 2018, 03:36

On how much sleep she gets now versus when she was FLOTUS: "Thankfully, more (and it's more regular)".

Michelle Obama, left, engaging with school pupils during a visit at a London school.

She told Good Housekeeping readers that the "best advice" she could give is for everyone to just 'be themselves, ' but she understands that's easier said than done, 'particularly if you're entering a new environment'. I think we too often suffer from the tyranny of low expectations.

'I just had to trust my instincts and be myself - and then the rest would take care of itself'.

"I think it's okay - it's good, even - to do that". I have worked in non-profits.

"A true partnership requires two whole people, first you have to choose well or choose someone fully formed because love doesn't form somebody, that isn't what love does, love doesn't fix broken-ness in that way so you have to choose somebody already pretty well formed or at least unformed in ways you can deal with". I've served on corporate boards, I've been at G summits, I've sat in at the UN. "I grew up in a neighbor where because of fear - fear of going outside, being stopped by police, fear of leaving what you knew - kept people stuck in one place", she recalled. I'm not saying that there aren't talented people out there.

"Are you kidding me?"

During the revealing interview, the 54-year-old mom of two shares intimate insight into the early stages of her relationship with Barack, whom she describes in her book as, "a wind that threatened to unsettle everything".

The goal, she said, is for women to run half of all companies, and men to run half of all homes.

Mrs Obama, who has just released her memoir Becoming, said she thought Meghan, 37, was doing things too quickly and urged her to slow down.

"We are putting down markers, we make progress and going backward doesn't mean the progress wasn't real". The crowd of course went wild with Obama realness and the tongue slip. Instead of doing what we often do to girls who are feisty which is try to put that flame out to douse it because we are anxious about them not being lady-like or being bossy?

"We are trying to overcome hundreds of years of racism and segregation born out of slavery and injustice, that doesn't happen overnight".

The writer and cultural commentator Touré was there and tweeted that the audience "freaked out" when Obama used the curse word - and that the former first lady herself said she "forgot where she was for a moment".

"Despite waiting in the rain for an hour to get into the Barclays Center, I was just in the same room as @MichelleObama and she accidentally said "shit" and it was awesome and my life has been forever changed", one user wrote.

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