One of the most common hurdles to overcome as a woman is misinterpreting discomfort as negativity.
How many times have you bowed out, ran away or hid from an opportunity that made you uncomfortable, scared or was out of your familiar-zone because of this?
At how many forks-in-the-road have you taken the safe route, rather than the path that your gut was calling for?
In today’s blog you are going to learn how a famous female-chef used her numbers at two separate fork-in-the-road moments to impact millions of people’s lives!
Giada De Laurentiis
Giada is a best-selling author and cooking personality on the Food Network.
Some may think that this chef-siren has it all; beauty, wealth, a killer career and loving family.
But like all 11/2 (1+1=2) Life Path’s it did not start out that way. She had to face hardship head-on and learn how to stand up and be independent, even breaking away from those that she loved the most.
Born into an Italian show-business family (her mother and father were actors and her grandfather the famed producer Dino De Laurentiis) she no doubt had her fair share of dramatic childhood memories.
At 7 years old she moved to the U.S. and could not speak a word of English. She recounts her torment at school.
“It was horrifying the names they called me, and the teachers never really did a thing to stop it.”
Oftentimes 11’s feel lonely and out-of-place at school, never fitting in with the crowd. Little do they know that the reason they do not fit in is because they are being prepared for innovative leadership.
Even though she eventually majored in Anthropology her true passion was cooking. Growing up, cooking with her Grandfather was a refuge from the world; a place to feel creative and at home; to feel the comforts and beauty of life.
Her family, though, was not very supportive. They were very traditional and viewed cooking as a male career.
In this moment she could have fallen back on the 2 energy. Because 1+1 adds to two, there is a tendency to yield to other people’s needs, desires and opinions. I have no doubt that there were tears about changing her goals in mid-step, fearing what others may think, especially her family.
But she did it anyway. She listened to her numbers instinctively.
Double 1’s forced her to listen to her intuition and follow her innate desire to do something that has never been done before; to (what I call the #1 slogan) ‘go where no one has gone before.’
She went to culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and ended up landing jobs at high-end restaurants in Beverly Hills and Marina Del Rey.
In 2001 Giada was featured in Food & Wine Magazine for her work as a food stylist and private chef. Soon after The Food Network called her and wanted to make a demo tape. Her initial response?
“My whole family is in the movie business. If I wanted to be in front of the camera, I had opportunities to do that.”
One of the lesson’s of the 11 is that even though they have innovative, pioneering ideas that can impact others they can be shy and timid; constantly questioning their place in the crowd.
Imagine a one, standing alone on a mountain top. They question how they can take what they would see as their eccentric self, and bring it down to Earth to be interpreted by and showcased to the world.
“It’s funny—my husband will be like, ‘You’re so loud on set, and then you get into public and you’re just this little mouse.’ I’m actually a very shy person, which is why I always chose to be in the kitchen. You can make people happy and entertain them, without really being there. You can make a very short appearance and then say, ‘I’ve got something on the stove, gotta go!’ “
Luckily for us, and for Giada, her Tool Bag Number is a 9. The gifts and talents that she brought with her to achieve success on the 11 Life Path were to perform from a place of affecting humanity; having a large and vast vision of how the world could be and artistically expressing it outward.
A 9 Tool Bag cannot stay quiet or play it small.
9’s are great on camera, with a very old-soul, sophisticated, and lovely flair.
This job opportunity, although uncomfortable, was the perfect platform for her numbers even though her 9 was hidden from her consciousness.
Most of the time our gifts and talents are right under our nose and we do not even know it.
She final conceded upon further prodding and shakily, with nerves and nausea, took on her own television show which quickly became a fan favorite.
Giada has earned an Emmy for Outstanding Lifestyle Host.
She has authored numerous #1 New York Times Best Selling cookbooks.
And taking her humanitarian 9 Tool Bag she is the celebrity Ambassador for OxFam, a charity that highlights the struggles of billions of chronically hungry people around the world.
What do you think would have happened if Giada had ignored her numerical Life Path and Tool Bag at those fork-in-the-road moments, to remain in her comfort zone and to placate the expectations of others?
There would be one less powerful and abundant women who is generously giving to the world both creatively and philanthropically.
To Being An Abundant & Powerful Woman Who Embraces the Moments of Discomfort!
P.S. Remember this: by staying small and mediocre, financially, creatively, health-wise and in relationship you are withholding good from the world; a good that can only come from your unique and one-of-a-kind mission. It is TIME to take the path strewn with abundance and power, rather than go the way of fizzled and sputtered dreams. Enroll in a Power Hour Session today to find out what decisions can catapult you to sparkling life of triumph.