Q&A with Miracle Olatunji

Miracle Olatunji recently reached out to me to let me know that her first book, Purpose: How To Live and Lead With Impact was now available.I was amazed at all she has accomplished knowing she’s only 19. Miracle is a college student, social entrepreneur, and author. In high school, she founded a social venture that helped high school students find summer programs. Please read our interview below and make sure you check out Miracle’s book on Amazon.

Hi Miracle and Welcome to LIFT ME UP. You’re a student, entrepreneur, speaker and author of Purpose: How to Live and Lead with Impact. Your work has been featured in Forbes, Thrive Global, The Female Lead among others. What’s your story and why did you choose to help others find their purpose?
 
Hi Charlotte! I’m so inspired by this community. When I was in high school, I participated in an incredible youth entrepreneurship program called the Diamond Challenge. I credit it for helping me to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and having the opportunity to make friends from all over the world. I was enthralled by the challenging and exciting process of solving problems, creating value, and making a difference. I was so inspired by many young entrepreneurs I met, who were working on ventures and creative projects that made a significant impact on the lives of other people and in society! I wanted to do that too!
 
You’ve created ‘OpportuniMe’, a program that connects high school students with opportunities to empower them to build their skills. What led you to build this platform?
I decided to start OpportuniMe after I realized how time-consuming and stressful the process of searching for summer programs and opportunities was for me and thousands of young students around the country. OpportuniMe helped connect high school students to opportunities to help them explore possible careers, build their network, and get a head start on finding and developing their passions before they head off to college.
Can you tell us a bit more about your book: Do you believe that we can all have an impact on society?
My book, Purpose: How To Live and Lead With Impact, is for anyone and everyone who wants to make a difference in not only their lives, but in the lives of others, their communities, companies and organisations, and the world.  It’s full of inspiring stories and actionable insights for readers of all ages. Yes, I 100% believe that all of us have the power to make such an impact and more!
 
What pieces of advice would you give to anyone wanting to tap into their unlimited potential? 

Your mindset is incredibly powerful. Feed your mind with positive thoughts and affirmations. Don’t self-reject by not even allowing yourself to give something a try whatever it is you want to accomplish. Also, leverage the power of community and connecting with others to make awesome things happen. Create your own personal life and career “board of advisors” which consists of people who support and push you to be the best possible version of yourself. This may include family, friends, mentors, advisors, coaches, and more.

 
Our mantra at LIFT ME UP is to ‘share the lessons learned along the way to plant seeds of hope in the hearts of others’. What life lessons would you like to share with our readers today?
The concept of purpose is interesting because, when we think about it, everything and everyone has a purpose. Your life purpose is the central motivation of your life— It’s what helps you stay grounded and keep going when you face life’s inevitable challenges. You can leverage the power of an inner sense of purpose to guide your life decisions and goals, build impactful organizations and movements, and create change.
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