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Parlour MAVEN x I’m POSSIBLE: Michelle Moore on Ridding Sports of Racism and How to Win

What inspires you?
Brave people who take action and make things happen, like John Carlos, Tommie Smith, Marvelous Marvin Hagler. My family and especially my relationship with my grandparents inspire me as they gave me a powerful sense of self belief and a desire to achieve no matter what the obstacles. Young people inspire me all of the time with their courage and flexibility dealing with an ever changing and demanding society.

What advice would you give to other young professionals?
To know yourself and be honest about your internal drivers so you can focus on your passion. Take risks, be brave, have confidence even if you don’t feel confident and listen to your intuition and have an achievable plan of action for your life. Surround yourself with positive people who can become your trusted advisors and above all do the ordinary things well.

Your symposiums have included Olympic medalists like Tasha Danvers, who was one of your favorite attendees?
The concept behind the symposiums is to bring the world of academia closer to the community and create a space for thought leadership and innovation. So, it’s been exciting and inspiring to be so instrumental in engaging leading scholars in sport and race with minds like Professor Ben Carrington from the University of Texas who has been pivotal, coupled with the brilliance of lawyer and poet extraordinaire Daivd Neita. All of the high profile sporting personalities who have been part of my symposiums are generously giving back to the community by sharing their journeys and ideas for a sport free from racism.

Has there been a point in your life where you felt that you made it?
Only for a split second at key milestones in my life. When I got my first job as a teacher I thought I had a career for life, then realized after a crazy first day that I was just beginning my journey. In reality I’m still on my lifelong learning journey and I recognize my achievements. I’m humbled when I remember that I must be on the right track when I see young people in every day situations and they remind me about something that I’ve said or done in an assembly or lesson years ago which has stayed with them, those are magical moments.

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure?
When things go wrong, the ability to know that there is a lesson is key. I’ve lost my way when I’ve failed to listen to my intuition. I try to listen to what my intuition is telling me, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t but it is better to take chances and fail than sit back and wonder.

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