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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Confidence and Leaning on Others

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Strong women everywhere are breaking stereotypes and glass ceilings in industries. Whether it’s fighting for equal pay or starting a company, allow their stories to inspire you! Women have historically been underrepresented in positions of power and leadership, but female leaders are paving the path for future generations. And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is leading the pack.

Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez?

She’s the youngest woman, at age 29, to be elected to U.S. Congress. But what’s more impressive is her determination and fearlessness to challenge the status quo. She’s not afraid to fight for what she believes in if it helps leave the world we live in a better place.

Also, Alexandria is both honest and authentic, all the while not forgetting her difficult background, which is why so many people look up to her. She uses social media as a platform to make noise and fight for democratic and socialist issues, but her true goal is to give everyone an equal life, regardless of their upbringing. Through her everyday actions, the issues, and the people she represents, there are inspiring life lessons we can all gather from AOC.

Leave the World a Better Place

Being a powerful woman doesn’t always mean putting yourself first. Alexandria makes it a point to represent the underrepresented. She’s said, “My job is to put other people’s needs before my own, not the other way around.”

She also strives to leave the world a better place.

How to Lean on Others

Even after being elected into Congress, Alexandria never strays from her humble upbringing and background. Born in New York to a Puerto Rican mother and a father from the Bronx, she uses this as her guiding force to stand up for the people of New York.

Alexandria also waitressed as she was running for Congress. Aside from this, she had made a name for herself through the policies and legislation she stands for.

We’re also reminded that it’s okay to ask for help and no one’s perfect. “I keep things raw and honest… I believe public servants do a disservice to our communities by pretending to be perfect. It makes things harder for others who aspire to run someday if they think they have to be superhuman before they even try.”

Be Confident and Authentic

Confidence comes from within. When you’re comfortable in your own skin, confident and authentically yourself, you can more easily fight for what you believe in. AOC promotes this.

“Rule number one is to be authentic, be yourself. Don’t try to be anyone that you’re not.” She makes it look easy by going up against positions of power.” 

Furthermore, she is no stranger to taking discomfort and turning it into a learning experience. “I’ve used fear as a guiding light instead of a reason to turn off…Fear tells us how to grow. Fear, like a lot of discomfort, forces us to choose: ‘Do I do this, or not?’”

Above: Part of 10 life lessons from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez infographic from Hola!

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Go Girl Boss Go!

As a true public servant and motivating girl boss, Alexandria has taught people everywhere what it means to be powerful. For quotes and more inspiration, check out 10 lessons from AOC and the cool visual Hola! created about her.


Top photo credit: New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez inspires on many levels. Photo by nrkbeta,CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons.

32 thoughts on “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Confidence and Leaning on Others”

  1. petespringerauthor

    When I taught teaching elementary school (31 years), I was always looking for examples of strong female role models for my students, Whatever we can do to empower girls is a good thing. Thank you for your blog, Christy.

  2. I remember her from that viral dancing moment 💃🏻 … she is a brilliant woman, aside from those skills 😂. Latin power, yeah!. Thanks so much for showing us more, Christy 😘

    1. YES! I’m loving your comment, dear Aqui xo Sorry for being behind here and elsewhere in replies, have been sick. Feeling much better now. I hope you have a wonderful weekend galpal!

  3. The first big noise she made was to be elected in Congress. It is an example of what young people can achieve today if they propose it. It only has social networks and that was enough to move the soil to the sacred monsters of American politics. She is an admirable woman. A good article

    1. It’s interesting isn’t it to think that many people who have made huge changes in history have been quite young. It’s fresh thinking and it’s what’s needed to advance the world on many levels.

  4. Like Robbiesinspiration above, I don’t know much about US politics, but from this it’s easy to see why so many look up to her. She’s seems smart, wise and genuine, a strong woman who’s assertive but compassionate. x

  5. Interesting take on AOC. I’m not trying to start a fight – because I respect your opinion – hopefully, you will respect mine as well. There are many women that inspire me – but, certainly not AOC. I am still waiting to see her plans to build a bridge to Europe. She may be gutsy – but she is not practical. For someone to be paid $175,000/year of Taxpayer dollars – I like to see them at least make sense.

    I think we can all agree that building a bridge to Europe so we can ban airplanes is simply not practical.

    1. I respect your opinion because you back it up and don’t resort to personal digs, which I see far too often in criticisms online. Thanks for sharing your honest views as that’s what invokes change.

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