She may be the U.S. Democratic presidential nominee but Hillary Clinton is also a vulnerable human who overcame obstacles to achieve success.
You may have seen her portrait and comments in Humans of New York comparing herself to former presidents Barack Obama and her husband Bill Clinton, but make sure you also read the second post where she opens up about a vulnerable moment that taught her to control her emotions.
Here's the first post:
And the second:
You can read the full text here:
I was taking a law school admissions test in a big classroom at Harvard.
My friend and I were some of the only women in the room. I was feeling nervous. I was a senior in college. I wasn't sure how well I'd do.
And while we're waiting for the exam to start, a group of men began to yell things like: 'You don't need to be here.' And 'There's plenty else you can do.' It turned into a real 'pile on.'
One of them even said: 'If you take my spot, I'll get drafted, and I'll go to Vietnam, and I'll die.' And they weren't kidding around. It was intense. It got very personal.
But I couldn't respond. I couldn't afford to get distracted because I didn't want to mess up the test.
So I just kept looking down, hoping that the proctor would walk in the room.
I know that I can be perceived as aloof or cold or unemotional. But I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions. And that's a hard path to walk. Because you need to protect yourself, you need to keep steady, but at the same time you don't want to seem 'walled off.'
And sometimes I think I come across more in the 'walled off' arena. And if I create that perception, then I take responsibility.
I don't view myself as cold or unemotional. And neither do my friends. And neither does my family. But if that sometimes is the perception I create, then I can't blame people for thinking that.