November DOLL of the Month: Amber G.

Published on Monday, November 1, 2010 in , , , , ,

Get Personal with our DOLL:

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
Sanaa Lathan, definitely. She's one of my favorite actresses. And Phylicia Rashad would play my mother. I love her too.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
I'd love to have a better judge of character. Some people have the gift of seeing right through people. I struggle with this, not because I'm naïve, but because I always strive to seek the best in others.

If you were a car, what kind would you be?
A RANGE ROVER! Love Love LOVE them!

If I take a look inside your refrigerator what would I find?
A Folgers coffee jug (it's fresher if kept in the fridge), coffee creamer (preferably, sweet Irish creme) a gallon of whole milk (I'm a cereal addict), fresh strawberries, a week supply of Yoplait (easy on-the-go breakfast), bottled water, Simply Orange, Simply Apple and probably a Gladware container of some spaghetti I cooked last week. I always make too much! 

Dream Chasing with AMBER G.
 What dream are you currently pursuing?
After completing undergrad, my five-year plan included working at one or more media companies and building my network AND net worth through advertising sales. To my surprise, I'm right on schedule doing just that. I've learned so much in the past two years as I continue to strengthen my marketing talents in the this ever-changing, constantly-evolving industry. Beyond that, I haven't a clue! I'm just taking life a day at a time and in this business, that's all you can really do! Each day is so different and it's usually the most thoroughly planned agenda that falls as quick as a house of cards! I hope to begin pursuing my graduate education (MBA) before turning 25. I have a lot of options here in Atlanta (and outside), so I hope to narrow my search and enroll in a great program by Fall 2012.

What are the first steps you took to follow your dreams?
I've always considered myself to be a bit of a dreamer...very goal-oriented and ambitious, even in defeat. The first step of any process should include laying down a strong foundation. Education is a huge part of that, traditional and non-traditional. My family always stressed the importance of staying in school, so I never thought graduating from high school and college were debatable. Failure was NEVER an option. I'm also a fan of non-traditional education a.k.a. life experience and lessons-learned. No achievements are made overnight; they all include hard work, mistakes, sweat and tears (well at least all of mine did). I always ask my peers and colleagues a million questions, believing that no question is a dumb one (I learned that in 2nd grade). You must also surround yourself with mentors and put yourself in a healthy, positive environment of people. If there isn't anyone around you that you look up to or believe in you, there lies your first problem. In Corporate America especially, you must reach out to those you look up to and never be afraid to ask for help. Humility is a definite MUST. You will NEVER have all the answers. You know how people always say "It's not what you know, but who you know"? Well, I'll take that a step further..."It's not about what you don't know, but more so about who can help you find the answer." I've always been taught that there's no such thing as being "self-made." There was always someone who paved the way or a person that was behind the scenes and influenced the individual, whether positive or negative. In my short life, I can name dozens in both categories that I am so thankful for, and can only aspire to have a positive influence on others.

 What are some road blocks that you have come across?
Society and past experience has taught me that I was born with two unavoidable strikes against me: being African-American and being female. The current economy and workforce has added a third to this list: being young. These qualities are truly gifts to me, and I wouldn't identify them as being "road blocks", but more so "challenges." And boy, do I LOVE a good challenge! There's nothing more fulfilling than accomplishing the "impossible" and proving naysayers wrong. To be completely honest, I've never fallen short of any of my ambitions because of these three mythical strikes. They are only TRUE if you TRULY believe them! The trick to climbing over obstacles is to never give them too much credit. I grew up in a lower-income, single-parent home in a rural town hardly recognizable by name. There have always been individuals in my shadows ready to discourage me, but there has also been a support team of family and friends present to offer me a hand, Kleenex or an encouraging word. I digress to say that I've made it this far by faith, and God does not put more on you than you can bear. With dedication, an ambitious mind and unconquerable spirit, I plan to accomplish every set goal that I can possibly fathom. And that's all I need. With that mentality, who can stop me...but me?

 Who are some individuals in your field you admire and would like to work with in the future?
I am probably the most brand-loyal person you will ever meet, so I'd love to work with individuals that represent all of my favorites: Proctor & Gamble (I really use everything they make!), Google, CNN and Essence (Time Warner), ESPN, General Mills, Honda, Twitter, Blackberry (RIM), Post-it (3M), Apple, Sharpie and Uni-ball (Newell-Rubbermaid)!

 Is there anything that you’d like our readers to learn from you?
Define your own existence and purpose in life! Learn to be an individual and live your life for YOU! Someone once told me this, "when you stop focusing on what others are always doing, you start to realize that others are beginning to always focus on you." This applies to both professional and personal growth. I had to learn this lesson the hard way many years ago, struggling to find my own identity, but I wouldn't of had it any other way. Lastly, dare to take a leap of faith! With no risk there is certainly no reward! Doing the unthinkable is the only way to achieve the unpredictable! Whatever it is, GO FOR IT!

What motto do you live by?
A million mottos come to mind that I love (mainly bible verses, like Hebrew 11:1), but my favorite quote is by Wayne Dyer, "How people treat you is their own karma; how you react is yours." Meaning, focus on what you can control, like your own actions. The minute you allow others' actions to control your own, you've lost the battle. As easy to abide as the Golden Rule sounds, it can be hard to manage at times. But it must be done, because it all comes back in due time.

 How do you stay motivated to accomplish your goals?
There is no easy answer to this question. You just have to. Without positive thinking and self-motivation, I would have accepted failure a loooooooong time ago.  Life is hard and really sucks sometimes. It's so easy to get discouraged, lose focus and give up. You have to concentrate your time and attention on the hard stuff: dedication, perseverance and faith that you will see the finish line...and most importantly, FINISH.

What can we look forward to from you in the future?
Ummm, hopefully a lot! LOL! My goals in life don't include achieving celebrity status or a billion-dollar net worth, but I just want to look back at my life knowing that I was never complacent; that I was always challenge-hungry and never gave up or settled for less. I want to leave a legacy of "look where hard work got Amber" and "Amber learned so much from those in front of her, and did so much for those behind her." I think those kinds of statements are most memorable. Not because it makes an individual notable, but because the proof of that person's success and accomplishments is the success of others. You don't have to be a teacher or a doctor to make an impact on someone's life. And if you look back and can't find a single person that you've helped achieve their own personal goals, whether it be through mentoring or philanthropy, START TODAY. A wise person once said that "SERVICE is the debt we pay to live on this earth." I couldn't have said it better. There is absolutely no better feeling to me in this world than that!

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1 Response to November DOLL of the Month: Amber G.

December 8, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Yeah USC Grad! :)