Becoming by Michelle Obama

6 Lessons from The Documentary of Becoming by Michelle Obama

I first read the book Becoming by Michelle Obama sometime in 2019. It was a book that really inspired me and gave me hope especially as I read about how she grew from being just a girl in South-Side Chicago to being the first black FLOTUS (First Lady of The United States).

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It was the kind of story that communicated family life, education, work, marriage and of course the journey to and from the White House from Michelle’s perspective. Now imagine my joy when I found out that the story had been documented and would be airing on Netflix as a documentary detailing Michelle’s Becoming Book Tour and some aspect of life after White House.

Even though I prefer books to movies, I definitely had to watch the documentary and it was great, like, I literally was taking notes as I watched and so I thought to share some of the lessons I learned from the documentary with you.

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So, here are 6 Lessons to Learn from the Documentary of Becoming by Michelle Obama:

  1. Your story is your power. One of the major lessons I could see that Michelle kept trying to communicate was the power of one’s story. You have to be intentional about sharing your story, else, someone else will write your narrative and you may not like it,
  2. When communicating with people, don’t look around or be distracted, instead, look them in the eyes and take in their story.
  3. As we go through life, “life happens to us” and “we happen to life”, so, instead of thinking of how to get back on track, we should focus on figuring out the next track cos things are no longer the same.ย  Suggested Read: The 8 Mindsets of Billionaires by Robin Sharma
  4. Do not listen to the naysayers. Despite being told in counselling that she couldn’t go to Princeton; she went to Princeton and then went on to Harvard.
  5. You need the right mindset. You can’t wait for the world to be equal before feeling visible. Stand up and Show up.
  6. There is power in gathering and shared experiences.

I liked that fact that she always wanted to connect with young people both male and female, this shows the importance of focusing on and building the next generation of leaders.

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One of my favourite quote from the documentary is –

I’m becoming more comfortable saying no, more confident saying yes, and more willing to say what’s on my mind.

Have you watched the documentary yet?

How was it and what lessons did you learn? Do share with me in the comment section.

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6 comments

  1. Wow!!! You know when you shared the link about the lessons learnt from the documentary, I didn’t want to read it straight up so it won’t be a spoiler, I headed straight to Netflix to see that documentary. It spoke volume to me and yes just like you I jotted all the lessons I learnt and I discovered we wrote the same points.
    – To add to your point I also learnt that yes I will support my husband but I will ensure that I am not just an appendage to his dream.
    – I also learnt that in marriage your happiness is not dependent on your husband making you happy.
    – The major take home for me was NEVER FEEL INVISIBLE. I can’t wait for the world to be equal to start feeling seen. I have to find the tools for myself, most importantly I need to use my voice.
    Thank you Esther for always inspiring me and keeping me on my toes.

    1. Wow, I’m glad to read this.

      And yes, the points you raised are so valid. I really loved the part where she said she isn’t just an appendage to her husbands’ dream.

      Thank you for reading, I’m glad to know that you are inspired by it.

      Cheers

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