This site is for anyone who wants to start something, grow something, build something or become something they've always dreamed of being – but who fear that their outsider status or chaotic life might hold them back. It's for dreamers who'd like to be doers, and for doers who want to do more.
We all experience chaos, challenges, friction – whatever you want to call it – in our lives. Perhaps the easiest way to say it is, “shit happens,” and it happens to all of us in some way or another. While it manifests in our lives in unique and personal ways – racism, ageism, sexism, abuse, illness, disease, disability, divorce, disconnection, inequality, injustice and more – everyone deals with it. But women who are other experience it more intensely.
At Become the Fire, we have a code word for that chaos, challenge, friction, shit. We call it fire.
"Throughout the years, there have been many times when the chaos was so bad, it felt as though I was thrown into a fire. Into the line of fire as a child in the street warfare of Beirut. Into the center ring of a bullseye as a target for bullies at school. Sexual harassment, financial pressure, work stress, a scorched-earth divorce, single motherhood, an illness that took me to hell and back.
"Flame after flame the chaos came, unrelenting in its desire to singe and sear. But by confronting each blaze, one by one, I became stronger and wiser and less afraid. By rising up to face that fire and not allowing the flames to engulf me, I took on their strength and engulfed them instead.
"Through this process of overcoming, I learned that fire can burn you, or fire can forge you. As I tried to avoid getting burned, eventually I simply stopped trying to get out of the fire. Instead, I figured out how to become the fire." – Elisa A. Schmitz, founder of Become the Fire
Become the Fire speaks to any woman who, like Elisa, grew up in chaos and fear – but refuses to let that stop her. Here, you'll find the stories of other women like Elisa who have risen to the highest ranks of their careers in business, politics, education, nonprofits and more – using many of the same mindset shifts.
Become the Fire shows that career and life success are not dependent on your school GPA, who you know, or how smooth a path you have through life. It’s not about simple tips and tricks or hacks, and it’s not about the injustices that you face. It’s all about mastering your own transformation – from being thrown into the fire to becoming the fire, every single day.
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