Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Amber Graham . We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Hi Amber, thanks for joining us today. Have you ever had an amazing boss, mentor or leader leading you? Can you us a story or anecdote that helps illustrate why this person was such a great leader and the impact they had on you or their team?
The best leader that I’ve ever had was when I lived in Cleveland, Ohio working at a high school. The school leader, Brittiany pushed me to do things that I expressed interest in but was too afraid to do. She spoke to me out of love and always spoke life into me and my goals. Brittiany helped shape me into a leader and I believe that’s the true definition of a leader, preparing others to lead. I attribute much of my growth to her and her guidance.
Great, appreciate you sharing that with us. Before we ask you to share more of your insights, can you take a moment to introduce yourself and how you got to where you are today to our readers?
I’m one of those people that struggles to talk about themselves but in short I am an author, podcast host and motivational speaker. I think what sets me apart as a creator is that I don’t succumb to what everyone else is doing and/or what is trending. I remain true to myself and truly promote messages that I believe are relevant and important for others to hear. I don’t create because I’m looking to be famous, although I’d like to make money from creating; money isn’t a huge motivating factor for me either. I want to cultivate conversation and motivate others. I think I reach my intended audience and that means a lot to me. To date, I am most proud of not being afraid to try even if I fail. On a personal level that’s huge. I may not always succeed but I will always try.
We often hear about learning lessons – but just as important is unlearning lessons. Have you ever had to unlearn a lesson?
I had to learn to stop belittling my own talents. If you don’t believe in yourself, you can’t expect others to. Before I gained this level of comfort in my own being, I would shy away from sharing my books and poems with other people. I assumed because I wasn’t represented by a publisher that I wasn’t a good writer. I assumed because I didn’t have a huge following that I wasn’t worthy of being heard. I’ve learned that my ability and greatness isn’t determined by the opinions of naysayers or my supporters. I determine those things for myself. Whether I have supporters or not, I know that my worth and the things that I create isn’t tied to a number.
What do you think is the goal or mission that drives your creative journey?
Overall, I just want to leave a positive imprint on the world. There’s so much pain, hurt and negativity in the world that I just want to be a glimmer of light, positivity and vessel of love for those who need it. I try to be as transparent as possible. Transparency is tied to authenticity, in my opinion. I want to connect with others to cultivate conversations about everyday life and everyday hurdles. My hope is to give a voice to people who think that they don’t have one. There have been many times when I’ve posted a podcast or a quick video on TikTok or Instagram and people have shared how it positively impacted them. Knowing that I do make a difference, even if it’s on a small scale; that keeps me going.