Kelly Falardeau should have gone to heaven as 2 year old after suffering burns to 75% of her body.
But this lady had other plans.
The countless skin grafts and operations have left external scars that would normally consign burns survivors to retreating from life and becoming virtual recluses.
However, rather than consider this to be soul destroying Kelly has responded not with resigned stoicism but incredible energy, purpose and enthusiasm.
Today she is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author of her new book “Self Esteem doesn’t come in a bottle”.
I confess that after interviewing Kelly and hearing not only about overcoming the physical adversity she encountered but thoughtless and insensitive comments of people meeting her for the first time, I wondered if I could have come out the other side with anywhere near the same degree of dignity, healthy self esteem and humor Kelly displays.
If she ever asked the rhetorical question “Why me?” I presume the answer would be that people need to hear her inspirational story.
Like I said, in a world that judges us by the way we look and dress this is tough gig for anyone.
Which brings me to the title of this blog article: Self Esteem, Wealth and Success
Our ability to become wealthy and successful is determined by the level of our self esteem. Note the term self and esteem and I’ll throw in its close relative self respect.
When we hold ourselves in high esteem and we respect us (the self) regardless of the opinion of others (which may be positive or of the knee capping variety), we have discovered one of the many secrets to wealth and success.
So how do we grow and build our self esteem?
One great piece of advice: Understand that someone’s opinion of you is none of your business.
Another offered by Kelly: Stop calling yourself names and putting yourself down.
Okay, fess up-how many of us have a running commentary in our heads, the inner critic that skewers us for every small mistake we make and continues to remind us daily of our blunders.
An borrowing from the Ying and Yang principle, my question to you is where is the inner cheerleader and number one fan that celebrates your wins loud and proud.
In summary, Kelly is someone who made a choice about her thinking and mindset. The rest speaks for itself.
Find Kelly and her book “Self Esteem doesn’t come in a bottle” at