Become the Fire is for anyone who wants to start something, grow something, build something or become something they've always dreamed of being – but who fears that their outsider status or chaotic life might hold them back. It's for dreamers who want to be doers, and for doers who want to do more.
We all experience chaos, challenges, and friction in our lives. Although it manifests 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 outsiders experience it more intensely. At Become the Fire, we have a code word for that chaos, challenges, friction. We call it fire.
"There have been many times when the chaos of my life was so bad, it felt as though I was thrown into a fire. Flame after flame the chaos came, unrelenting in its desire to singe and sear. But by battling each blaze, I became stronger and wiser and less afraid. By rising up to face that fire, 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 has an energy that can be destructive or constructive. It’s a powerful force that can burn you or 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 Schmitz, author of Become the Fire
Become the Fire means not allowing yourself to be in the fire, getting burned, but instead using the fire to ignite your motivation, passion, and grit. It means not focusing on what you don’t have or can’t do, but instead leveraging what you do have and can do. It’s about seeing life’s fire as fuel to propel your success.
Mary Dillon, former CEO and executive chair, Ulta Beauty