by Sherrell Dorsey of OrganicBeautyVixen

What is your personal legend? In the midst of reading The Alchemist I’ve been working on defining my own personal legend. I’ve been planning, working, grinding, struggling and rejoicing in finding my own path and defining my own way hoping that it will all lead me to my personal legend.

Giving up is easy. Take a look at the millions of homeless people that walk the street (granted that they are not suffering from some sort of mental illness) or people that simply walk through life doing what they’re supposed to do but not really live their purpose. Can I admit something to you readers? I’m terrified of potentially becoming the same way — walking through life with no purpose, goals or direction.

Seeing the movie “Red Tails” reminded me of how hard I must work every day to be great. Those heroic Tuskegee Airmen weren’t mediocre. They were the best. They didn’t have a choice to be anything but extraordinary. In a world of degradation, discrimination and verbal abuse, those pilots excelled. So what’s our excuse? What keeps us from being extraordinary at everything that we do?

I’ve come to the conclusion that the only one keeping us from reaching our full potentials and discovering our personal legends is ourselves. A particularly notable writer once tweeted one of the most important messages I’ll ever remember when she said, “people need to get out of their own way.”

Are any of you standing in your own way of becoming everything you were meant to be? What are you going to do differently to step out of your own way?

Sherrell Dorsey is a natural beauty expert, writer, speaker and advocate of health, wellness and sustainability in communities of color. In addition to creating, Sherrell writes beauty articles for Tyra Banks’s beauty and fashion site, Jones Magazine, and Posh Beauty. Follow Sherrell on twitter at