Thursday, June 9, 2011

"You'll Never Be Anything"

How these four words drove one woman to find courage and help others do the same.

The last words that Shelley Armato ever heard from her second husband before he left: "You'll never be anything."  It was at that moment that Shelley realized that it was time to make a name for herself.  She was something and it was time to show the world.  It was time to find courage.

Shelley slowly began to find courage through the work that she did.  She started in real estate.  After failing the realtor's test twice, she found her courage and took the test one final time.  She passed.  In her first year in the real estate industry, Shelly sold 43 houses and earned the Rookie of the Year award.  All because of courage.

Shelley showed even more courage when she became an entrepreneur and started her own software company with a 700 square foot garage, $15,000 and a dream.  Shelley helped to turn the software company, now called Marathon Digital Services, into a multi-million dollar business and helped to change the face of the construction industry. 

Shelley's life has revolved around her ability to be courageous.  As she likes to say, "Courage steps out and asks big.  Courage does not wait for permission.  Courage lives on for generations." 

Shelley wants to spread the importance of courage throughout Kansas City, throughout the nation, and throughout the world.  In order to do this, she started The Courage Coalition.  This 2-day conference and workshop is a movement for all women--mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts and sisters--who are making a choice to stand up for, believe in, and enrich not only themselves, but their society as well.  The Courage Coalition aims at empowering hundreds of women...especially those who have heard "you'll never be anything."

Need some inspiration?  Courage?  A shoulder to lean on?  Be sure to attend The Courage Coalition on June 16th and 17th at the Argosy Hotel & Spa in Kansas City, Missouri.  Tickets are on sale now for just $49.95. 

Written by Allison Way.

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