Use This Mantra to Spark Self-Empowerment

Adrian S. Potter
4 min readMar 28, 2024

Believe in me.

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The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

Wilma Rudolph was an iconic track and field athlete who overcame tremendous adversity to become a three-time Olympic gold medalist and an inspiration to millions.

Born prematurely and afflicted with polio as a child, she faced significant physical challenges, including wearing leg braces until age 9. However, through determination and perseverance, Rudolph defied the odds, ultimately emerging as a dominant force in sprinting.

At the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, she made history by becoming the first American woman to win three gold medals in track and field events, triumphing in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 4x100-meter relay. Rudolph’s remarkable achievements not only shattered records but also stereotypes, proving that with unwavering self-belief and resilience, one can overcome any obstacle to reach the pinnacle of success.

Wilma Rudolph’s quote –

“I believe in me more than anything in this world.”

- can serve as a powerful mantra for self-belief and confidence. Let’s break it down and explore its deeper meaning.



Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·