Tiffany Persons is the wonder-woman behind Shine On Sierra Leone, an organization that is invested in developing the social capital of Sierra Leone through various projects in the areas of education, arts, female entrepreneurship and micro-lending, maternal and child healthcare, computer and adult literacy, sustainable infrastructure, eco-tourism, and agriculture.
Undoubtedly, the Shine on Sierra Leone project is much-needed and rightfully multifaceted. With the demands of international logistics and fundraising, the organization’s level of success, led by the determination of one single woman, is awe-inspiring.
But, the “wonder-woman-ness” of Tiffany Person’s doesn’t quite stop there…
Tiffany admits, not too long ago her then poverty mindset had her stuck. Even though she had managed to open her company and even start Shine of Sierra Leone, she still struggled to keep it all together and take care of her daughter.
“My greatest obstacle was not being able to provide for my daughter and living a life that was beneath my desires”, she notes. “Business was trickling in, and at that time I was committed to being overwhelmed – not having enough time and money.”Through reading many books, studying life, and transcendental meditation, Tiffany says she began the process of resetting her mind and ultimately changing her life.”Any change happens from the inside out”, she reasons. Tiffany empowered herself by developing a razor-sharp focus on her goals, letting go of negativity, and transforming her thoughts from scarcity-based to abundance-filled.
For example – Tiffany’s first Sierra Leone project was a documentary that highlighted the atrocities connected to the diamond mining industry. She had visited Sierra Leone and was devastated and angered by the suffering the industry had caused the people. “It took me years to find financing for that documentary, and it’s because I was so angry about what was happening”, she recalls. “But once I changed that negativity and let go of the anger, we got funding immediately.”
The results of empowering people by teaching mind-power, have been astounding. The Shine on Sierra Leone list of accomplishments include: the financing of about 7000 women’s small businesses; guiding more than 20,000 individuals towards computer literacy; providing superior education to 400 elementary school students; teaching 600 adults how to read and write; and the construction of three major community buildings.
Shine on Sierra Leone also pulled on the heart strings of several celebrities (such as model Selita Ebanks and actress Rosario Dawson) who have in turned dedicated themselves to helping the organization’s mission in any way they can.
Want to have a better shot of being all YOU dream of? Here’s Tiffany’s advice:
1. The most powerful tool that you have to pave the pathway to your dreams is your mind. Spend 2-5 minutes each day visualizing and feeling what it will feel like for you to be in your ideal position in life. Picture your friendships, career, confidence, experiences…
2. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Use your mental time and energy to focus solely on the positive aspects of your desires and ignore the things that are examples of what you don’t want (for instance, that you haven’t achieved it yet, or someone else has and it should have been you, or you’ve been waiting so long).
3. Enjoy and savor the process, because once you achieve your goal, you will immediately want something else. So, enjoy each moment along the journey and stay present in those moments – all of them.
Great advice. Now let’s all get to doing!
To donate and learn more about Shine on Sierra Leone, please visit Shine on Sierra Leone at www.shineonsierraleone.org.