Did you ever have a dream that was so far from your reality that you never thought it would come true? Patricia Galloway did. Because she came from an impoverished part of the country and a very poor family, she never believed her dreams could ever come true. When she got depressed, her mother would always say, “You can do anything if you really want to. Don’t let anyone tell you no!” She kept repeating that phrase, and so with full confidence that she could do anything, Patricia conquered the world in ways she could have never imagined.
Her fairy tale story came true—so much so that she has sat around the table with presidents and dignitaries, traveled around all seven continents, and climbed up the ladders of success by shattering the glass ceiling. Her adventure stories will excite you, make you laugh and might even make you cry, but hopefully they will reinforce how important it is to communicate to others what it is you want to do, stay committed to your goals and have the confidence that you can do anything. The ending to the fairy tale story of the little girl is that when she grows up she never wants to go to sleep, because her reality is finally more exciting than her dreams. Her presentation Are Engineers Human?” at TEDx Manhattan Beach is just one more stop on her incredible journey.