"Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
~ Howard Thurman
Melissa Corley Carter
The Barefoot Dancing Rocket Scientist
With a childhood dream to become an astronaut, I dedicated my life to science at an early age.
After earning two engineering degrees from Stanford, a U.S. Air Force officer commission, and an astronautical engineering PhD from the Naval Postgraduate School, I could actually say I was a rocket scientist!
For 20 years I followed my chosen path, until the shape of my eyeballs disqualified me and shattered my astronaut dream.
In the years since, I've learned new ways of being. I've realigned my life with my passions for creativity, human connection, leadership, mindful living, and building resilience.
My journey has taught me that identity and goals are not synonymous, that even major disappointments hold gifts beyond imagining, and that every experience leads us closer to our purpose on this earth.
I'm truly living my dream every day — dancing with our magical universe.
You don’t have to be in an officially recognized “leadership position” to be a leader. We’re all leaders. Every day we have opportunities to respond instead of react, to take personal responsibility for our thoughts and feelings, and to lead ourselves into aligned and powerful choices for our lives. When we’re grounded in who we are and why we’re here, and when we trust that the universe has our backs, we’re connected to infinite inspiration and creativity.
Grounded leaders inspire a high level of trust, openness, and communication in their connections with others. When we’re confident, safe, and secure in ourselves, we have the power to connect courageously. We know we don't have all the answers, and that's ok. Every connection is an opportunity to grow. With genuine curiosity, we can explore different experiences and perspectives — and discover the special gifts that everyone brings to the table.
Grounded leaders and connected humans — with consistent access to their own inner power — working in concert. What will that unleash? Truly sustainable energy, commitment, and alignment for solving the world’s toughest challenges. When everyone on the team contributes their full self, their aliveness, and their enthusiasm — and trusts everyone else to do the same — creative potential is infinite. That team will create a better future for humanity and for our world. Ready to join the team?
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A world-changing shift is already underway — one leader, one connection, and one team at a time.
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