When I was growing up, there were a few times where things didn’t quite go as I had expected. From a very young age, I loved to act and would try out for roles in every play I could. Sometimes I got the part, but most often I didn’t. When I first started getting turned down for roles, I would get discouraged, but over time, this experience taught me how to pick myself up and keep working hard. It actually resulted in some great opportunities in films and TV later in life, and I still credit my middle school days for it! And just when I was about to quit, a door opened and I got a part. I was thankful I had auditioned so many times before, because those failures propelled me to be resilient, try even harder the next time, and never give up.
Getting involved with the Girl Scouts offers amazing opportunities to take healthy risks, try new things, and learn to succeed through failure—an approach that I know has been an important driver in my own success, and has been proven to help girls lead better lives. My new book "Faith in the Spotlight" discusses many of the challenges I’ve encountered and how they’ve helped me achieve success and build a fulfilling life. I encourage Girl Scouts and young women everywhere to dive into every opportunity head first and take healthy risks. You will be glad you did!
Megan Alexander is a national news correspondent for Inside Edition and the author of “Faith in the Spotlight – Thriving in Your Career While Staying True to Your Beliefs” (Simon & Schuster, October 2016). Connect with her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.