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'If You Want Something Done...Ask a Woman': Nikki Haley on Women Who've Overcome Obstacles to Achieve Their Dreams

Added 10-06-22 10:05:02am EST - “"If you want something done, ask a woman." Former South Carolina Governor and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley says that famous quote from British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is the inspiration behind and the title of her new book.…” - Www1.cbn.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Www1.cbn.com: “'If You Want Something Done...Ask a Woman': Nikki Haley on Women Who've Overcome Obstacles to Achieve Their Dreams”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC – "If you want something done, ask a woman." Former South Carolina Governor and UN Ambassador Nikki Haley says that famous quote from British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is the inspiration behind and the title of her new book, If You Want Something Done...: Leadership Lessons From Bold Women. It features 10 extraordinary women who, like Haley, overcame incredible obstacles to achieve their dreams. Women like Israel's first female Prime Minister Golda Meir to the "Iron Lady" herself – Margaret Thatcher.

"She was a grocer's daughter. And she was one that really believed in herself. That's the lesson from Margaret Thatcher. She loved Great Britain, but she really believed in herself," Haley said. "And she came along when it didn't make sense. She didn't look the part, she didn't act the part, she was made fun of a lot. But what she saw was the devastation of socialism at the time. And so when she became Prime Minister, she really wanted to change all of that. She wanted people to have economic freedom. She wanted them to have the opportunities to be whoever they wanted to be," she added.

Like Thatcher, Haley could relate to being an outsider. Throughout her life, she was told she was too brown, too young, too conservative and too female, but instead of backing down, Haley took it as a challenge to do something and be something great. As part of the only Indian family in Bamberg, SC, a small rural town, she learned a valuable lesson from her parents early on.    "I remember when I would come home from school after being teased on the playground, and my Mom would say, 'your job is not to show them how you're different. Your job is to show them how you're similar.' And it's amazing how that lesson on the playground played out throughout my life. You know, whether it was in the corporate world, whether it was as governor, or whether it was as Ambassador," Haley said. 

In 2004, Haley won a SC house seat against a popular incumbent and in 2011, became South Carolina's first female governor and the country's first minority female governor. During her second term, she saw her faith tested when a white gunman walked into a predominantly black church in Charleston and murdered 9 innocent people.

"And at that point I had hit rock bottom. I was so sad. I was so upset. I was trying to protect a state. I wanted everything to be okay. And I remember one day saying, You know, 'God, I'm broken. I can't do this unless you help me.' And He was there. And I look at, even in my most challenging, darkest moments of any time in my life, that's when your faith grows. I always go back to Joshua 1:9, Be strong and be courageous. Do not be afraid. Do not be discouraged, because God will be with you every step of the way," she said.

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