What is more amazing than seeing a teenage girl become wildly successful in her craft? Seeing her do so without losing her identity, becoming a role model and inspiration to many. This is exactly why we are so impressed with 17-year-old ballet star Juliet Doherty.
Juliet has been dancing since she was three years old, when she used to dance at her great-grandma’s studio. Now as a 17-year-old, her dancing career is thriving. She has won two gold medals at the world’s largest ballet competition, the Youth America Grand Prix. She has also performed as Clara in the Nutcracker in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular with the famous Radio City Rockettes. Even more amazing, she is currently preparing for a tour in Poland.
Although Juliet’s dancing career is extremely impressive, what really makes her special is the way she has handled the success as well as the message of positivity she conveys to her fans. Speaking of fans, Juliet has a mere 200,000 followers on Instagram, which she uses to show both sides of her: her elegant professional dancer side and her carefree I’m-still-a-teenager-and-that’s-okay side.
Juliet’s mission to empower other teen girls is why she is such a great role model. At the age of 15 she gave a TEDx talk called Be Great, in which she encouraged teen girls to stop being so critical of themselves.
“It’s time for you to stop judging and evaluating yourself. That’s not your job. Everyone else in the world can and will continue judging and evaluating you. It’s just what people do… But you are the only one who can authorize yourself being great. You are the only one who owns your own greatness. That’s your job,” Juliet urged in her TEDx talk.
She went on to say that whatever your passion or focus may be, the most important things you can do are to be yourself and do your best. She said: “Be yourself and be great. We all get so busy playing this excellence game that we forget that.” She ended her talk with these powerful words: “Go and remember who you are, because who you are is great.”
It is so refreshing to hear such a positive message not only for teen girls, but also from a teen girl. Perhaps what makes Juliet’s message so powerful is that she speaks to the thing inside so many teen girls that makes them believe they have to complete X, Y, and Z before they are considered “great”. Juliet’s perspective is that people already are great, based on who they are and not on their accomplishments.
Here is something to think about
What could the world look like if teen girls, if our own daughters, truly started to believe that they are great? That they can accomplish anything they put their minds to? We have the power to make a difference by believing in our daughters.
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