I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.
Helen Keller

Helen Keller initially showed brilliance as a child. She started talking at the age of two and started to walk when she turned one but fell ill with “scarlet fever” and was struck blind, deaf and mute. However this did not stop her from pursuing her dreams. She had clearly won over her adversity with the help of her personal tutor and devoted companion, Anne Sullivan, who helped her learn various communication methods.

Helen Keller & Anne Sullivan
Helen and Anne traveled the world, involving themselves in many social causes and meeting famous leaders. Helen Keller helped start the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and was a known suffragist, earning her a reputation at the time as a political radical.

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She traveled to 35 countries to inspire millions of people through her speeches and appearances.¬†She received various accolade on her achievement like the Women’s Hall of Fame, Theodore Roosevelt Distinguished Service Medal of Freedom and she also received honorary doctoral degrees from Harvard University and Temple University to name a few.

Helen led the advocacy for the welfare of the blind people and co-found the Helen Keller International to fight the causes against blindness and malnutrition. She was also appointed counselor of international relations for the American Foundation of Overseas Blind.

We are lucky to have our senses intact. However, we may not be maximizing our full potential to achieve our life goals and become the voice of hope for our people who may have lost confidence in pursuing their aspirations. It is also truly sad to hear leaders who speak a lot but say nothing.

Attributes: Passionate, Confident, Determined, Humble (acknowledged the need of help)


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Franelyn Saguindang Riego de Dios, MS has been in training and leadership development for more than a decade now. In earning her Master of Science in Biology degree, she joined the College of Science and Mathematics faculty of MSU-IIT and published her studies in Asia Life and Philippine Scientists Journals. For her, moving into the corporate world felt odd at first but with the scientific method and discipline in her backpack, it has become a fulfilling experience. You may also visit her personal Science Blog Site at Live Well. She also enjoys music (sings and plays the piano) and art (portrait sketch).
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