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Wonder: You are powerful

You-are-powerful-61-300x300“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

A friend of mine has been trying to get a new project off the ground and he’s facing a lot of opposition. I spoke to him the other day after a very tough day on which someone who is small-minded, insecure, and incompetent did everything possible to make my friend feel inferior. My friend is talented, thoughtful, and capable, and that was a hard combination for this other person to face. Petty people like his adversary take others down to make themselves feel better. They hate nothing more than seeing people do well because there’s a real self-loathing beneath that thin veneer of arrogance and narcissism.

If you’ve faced this kind of person, just know this: karma is the perfect accounting system. The world will eventually treat us the way we treat others. Though I was sad and angry on behalf of my friend, I have no doubt that he is going to be successful. He is powerful and passionate, strong and wise. And he follows one of my very favorite life mantras: Work hard and be nice to people. That’s the way forward. Everything else (and anyone who tries to get in the way of that work) is just noise.

About Christa Avampato

The short of it: Writer. Health, education, and art advocate. Theater and film producer. Visual artist. Product geek. Proud alumnae of the University of Pennsylvania (BA) and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia (MBA). Inspired by ancient wisdom & modern tech. Proliferator of goodness. Opener of doors. Friend to animals. Fan of creative work in all its wondrous forms. I use my business skills to create passion projects that build a better world. I’ve been called the happiest New Yorker, and I try hard to live up to that title every day. The long of it: My career has stretched across Capitol Hill, Broadway theatre, education, nonprofit fundraising, health and wellness, and Fortune 500 companies in retail, media, entertainment, technology, and financial services. I’ve been a product developer and product manager, theater manager, strategic consultant, marketer, voice over artist, , teacher, and fundraiser. I use my business and storytelling to support and sustain passion projects that build a better world. In every experience, I’ve used my sense of and respect for elegant design to develop meaningful products, services, programs, and events. While building a business career, I also built a strong portfolio as a journalist, novelist, freelance writer, interviewer, presenter, and public speaker. My writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, PBS.org, Boston.com, Royal Media Partners publications, and The Motley Fool on a wide range of topics including business, technology, science, health, education, culture, and lifestyle. I have also been an invited speaker at SXSW, Teach for America, Avon headquarters, Games for Change, NYU, Columbia University, Hunter College, and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. The first book in my young adult book series, Emerson Page and Where the Light Enters, was acquired by a publisher and launched in November 2017. I’m currently working on the second book in the series. A recovering multi-tasker, I’m equally at home in front of my Mac, on my yoga mat, walking my rescue dog, Phineas, traveling with a purpose, or practicing the high-art of people watching. I also cut up small bits of paper and put them back together as a collage artist. My company: I’m bringing together all of my business and creative career paths as the Founder of Double or Nothing Media: • I craft products, programs, and projects that make a difference; • I build the business plans that make what I craft financially sustainable; • I tell the stories that matter about the people, places, and products that inspire me. Follow my adventures on Twitter at https://twitter.com/christanyc and Instagram at https://instagram.com/christarosenyc.

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