How Can I Carve My Own Path?

Never say “can’t.”


In this backstage interview from Leadercast Live 2018, aerialist and author Jen Bricker explains what’s required of leaders who are paving their own way. 

Born without legs, Jen was the first person like herself to become an acrobat and aerialist. “There was no formula, there was no path paved, there was no example, there was nothing,” shares Jen. Carving your own path requires determination and a constant belief in yourself. “Never say ‘can’t.’”

Watch the video to hear Jen’s story on carving her own path. 

- Actions are the best resistance to negativity.
- Leaders take responsibility for what happens around them.
- Have a bigger picture in front of you of what you’re after.

When I say, "Oh my gosh, I'm the first person like myself to be an acrobat or an aerialist," there was no formula, there was no path paved, there was no example, there was nothing. It's just like you know in your bones, you know in the marrow of your bones.

I was with a partner and, he and I were performing partners the first four years of my career. His friends literally sat him down, like intervention-style, and said, "You're throwing your career away by performing with this girl. What are you doing?" Thankfully, he saw something different, and it didn't really phase me. It was kind of like, "Geez, really?"

I know my parents’ philosophy, if you've read my book or seen anything on me on the internet is, “Never say ‘can't.’” Honestly, even to me, it's just sounds cliché. You can hear it all you want, you can hear the words, but it's gotta be more than a saying, it's a lifestyle. And if you don't have actions behind saying that, then there's no power in it, it means nothing.

The way to make that applicable to your life and/or the things to do for that in your life is it's every day. So it's the choices every single day. Not once a day, not twice a day, sometimes 100 times a day and it's never gonna stop, and taking ownership and not blaming others and being responsible for yourself and being real with yourself. Just taking accountability, applying that every day, being real with yourself, real with others, and making the choices and own the choices. Whether they're good or bad, you gotta live with whatever choice you make.

Jen Bricker

Born without legs, Jen Bricker’s biological parents left her at the hospital. One would think she would be destined for a life of hardship. However, the hand of destiny brought her an amazing adoptive family, who gave her one simple r...

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