Reality Blog: Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

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I live not far from a place called Research Triangle Park, or RTP. In fact, that’s where I worked when I first moved to North Carolina. RTP is in the middle of three major metropolitan areas: Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill (aka The Triangle). Most of the businesses in RTP are in life science and technology.

Because they are so important to the local economy, there are also businesses that exist in The Triangle solely to support the core companies. One, The Center for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), holds an annual life science conference in Raleigh. I received an email from them this week promoting one of the guests who will be at the conference in 2019.

She’s 24-year-old New Zealand native, Laura Deming. Deming has been “highly motivated to find a cure for aging” since the ripe old age of 8. (If the phrase cure for aging got your attention, you’re not alone… it got mine in more ways than one.)

I don’t know her whole story (I guess I have to go to the conference for that), but it looks intriguing. Between the ages of 11 and 14, Laura got a job working in a lab for genetics researcher and aging specialist, Cynthia Kenyon. That also required convincing her parents to move to the U.S., since Kenyon’s lab was in California.

Talk about determination!

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Tracy Clement Wilson

Tracy's a freelance B2B copywriter, web writer, blogger, science geek, tree hugger, and health food fanatic. When she's not busy with her family, she attempts organic gardening and hangs out with her chickens (the ladies who give her eggs), bearded dragon (her favorite...read "only"...lizard), and dogs (her office mates).

4 Comments

  • Hi Tracy. That’s an inspiring story about Laura Deming. Young people have such energy and belief in what they can achieve… if as you say, they’re allowed to believe in themselves.
    Your link to the Thomas Edison article reminds me of the gentleman who “discovered” WD-40. Norm Larsen found a successful Water Displacing formula on his 40th attempt. I’m guessing most of us would have given up way before Edison or Larsen achieved success.

    • Hi Andrew,
      I love the WD-40 story… I had no idea! And yes, most of us give up way too soon.
      Looking forward to reading your blog!
      Tracy

    • What an inspiring story, Tracy. And thanks for the tips.

      I have a favorite tote bag that has a big Mickey Mouse and a quote from Walt Disney on it. I mention it here because of the quote, “If you can DREAM it, you can DO it.” Disney said that when he was still a young man. At the time, he was struggling to feed his family because he’d just lost his company and the rights to his first successful cartoon character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit The company which distributed his Oswald films had poached all of his employees and hoped to use that as leverage to make Walt their employee because they didn’t like having him as a business partner. Little did he know that he’d have the last laugh on them.
      But, I believe that Walt could imagine having the last laugh. He had dreamt of having his own illustration studio, and done it. He dreamt of making cartoon films, and did it. That day, on the train home, he dreamt of creating another successful cartoon character, and building another studio on that character. Because of losing Oswald and his first company, he could no longer call it the Walter Disney Animation Company. But, his name was one thing nobody could take from him. So, he started the Walt Disney Company.
      Now I’ve started my own company, and my own blog. I’m dreaming in the Disney method; one step that’s just barely out of my reach at a time!

  • I knew there was a story, but didn’t know the whole Walt Disney story… thanks for sharing it, Tona!

    Congratulations to you on your company and blog!

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