Danica McKellar - From Wonder Years Star To Maths Genius!
A Dose of Inspiration To Get Your Day Going...
By James Mills, Associate Partner & Mentorship Coach, Lighthouse International
If you were growing up in the 90s, you may well have been a fan of the TV show The Wonder Years. It was an incredibly popular show depicting what it was like growing up in suburban America in the late 60s and early 70s. One of the stars; Danica McKellar (who played the character Winnie Cooper) definitely found it a struggle to redefine herself after the last series and this was made harder because of her fame and success as a child actress.
But, after some soul-searching and a bit of encouragement, she actually came to find she had a hidden talent for maths! Here's an inspiring video about what it takes to redefine yourself and change how others perceive you in the process. Danica McKellar's journey is a wonderful example of how with a bit of courage, it is more than possible for us not to conform to other people's perception of us. If we want to make any changes in our life or career, then the first thing we need to change is the way we perceive ourselves.
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