The Girl Effect

Leadership Educator

Tara Sophia Mohr is a writer, life coach and personal growth teacher. Her work focuses on helping individuals create more authentic, fulfilled lives. With an MBA from Stanford University and her undergraduate degree in English literature from Yale, Tara takes a unique approach to personal growth work that blends mind and heart, intellectual rigor and intuitive wisdom. 

Tara has a deep commitment to amplifying women's voices. She is the creator of the global Playing Big leadership program for women and the co-editor of two anthologies of contemporary women's writings, The Women's Seder Sourcebook and The Women's Passover Companion. Her "10 Rules for Brilliant Women" have struck a chord with tens of thousands of women around the world. In 2010, Tara was honored as a Girl Champion by the Girl Effect organization, which supports girls' education in the developing world. 
Tara is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and her writing on leadership and well-being has been featured in USA Today, the International Business Times, Ode Magazine, Forbes, and numerous other publications. She is also a poet, and the author of The Real Life: Poems for Wise Living. Visit www.taramohr.com to learn more. 

 

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Tara Sophia Mohr: Empowering young girls, young women to become brilliant women - that starts with a changed paradigm about how we see young people in general, see them as leaders, as change agents who are moving our culture forward.  That’s actually what adolescent rebellion is all about. It’s about breaking the mold of the previous generation and moving the culture forward. So starting to see young women and men in that way rather than as rowdy teenagers who need to be managed and shaped and guided by us.  

So how do we teach girls to manage their inner critics?  We’re all hardwired to have an inner critic.  An inner critic is just the voice of fear within us, a voice that really doesn’t want us to ever stretch out of our comfort zone, ever get hurt, ever feel embarrassed.  It’s that voice coming up with all kinds of arguments to keep us playing small so that those things never happen.  And so the arguments it comes up with are: you aren’t smart enough or you aren’t good enough, or that was so stupid, how could you say that?  And actually, all we really need to do to get the inner critic out of our way is to realize what it is, that it’s an irrational voice that actually has no bearing on the truth and to label it for what it is.

And then also teaching them that the world isn’t finished yet. In fact, the world has a hole in it that is shaped exactly like them, and only by sharing their own voice and bringing their unique gifts into the world will that hole be filled. So if they ever feel alienated by the world, like their point of view somehow just doesn’t fit, in some sense, they’re right. Their point of view is missing, but that’s because the world has a hole in it that's shaped just like them and it needs their voice to fill that hole. 

Directed / Produced by
Jonathan Fowler & Elizabeth Rodd


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