“The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision."
Before we begin, I want to make something very clear: how you respond to adversity when it inevitably strikes is what separates ordinary people from extraordinary achievers.
That’s right, none of us are immune to adversity – and, in fact, the most successful people use the adversity they’ve faced as fuel to move forward stronger and more resilient than ever before.
Today we sit down with Dr Sonja Stribling who has faced enormous adversity her entire life. She was born into a family as the youngest of 12 children, to parents who only had a second-grade education. At age 15, she gave birth to her first child. And just two years later, at 17 years old, she was raped and left for dead.
Sonja went on to college, but just prior to graduating, she joined the US Army for what would become a 21-year career, including combat tours in war-torn countries like Iraq and reaching the rank of Major.
While in the military, her 18-year marriage fell apart, and she returned to civilian life without any idea of what to do next. Considering taking her own life, Sonja had an epiphany that there was more to her story than what had been written.
Since that fateful moment, she has become an internationally renowned speaker, author, television presenter, and business coach, as well as recipient of the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award.
In this wide-ranging interview, we talk about:
- The heartbreaking moments from her adolescence
- What war taught her about humanity
- How divorce saved her life
- Why she’s so passionate about using financial freedom to empower women
- The activism we’ve seen in 2020; and
- How poor communities can escape the poverty mindset.
She holds nothing back and I know you’re going to love it. Let’s win the day with Dr Sonja Stribling.
For the video interview, click here.
Resources / links mentioned:
📷 Sonja Stribling on Instagram
⚡ Sonja Stribling website
📙 The Divorce That Saved My Life: 12 Principles To Overcoming A Broken Relationship by Dr Sonja Stribling