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Inspiring Introvert: Meet Ruby Maddox, Living Her Purpose, with Balance

I want to share some inspiring stories of introverts and/or highly sensitive people who are living their purpose, with a sense of balance too.

I thought you’d like to see these for inspiration on what’s possible, and on what’s positive in the world right now. Yay for good news!

I’m sharing an introvert profile today. More profiles coming soon.

Meet Ruby Maddox

I first met Ruby at a conference where she gently yet confidently shared about a non-profit she co-founded and co-directs. I became an instant fan.

She shared about Leaders of the Free World (LFW), an international experience (to Ghana in West Africa) and leadership development program for young Black men.

Since then, I learned she has spent more than 15 years working in the field of nonprofit management and philanthropy, and has a master’s in nonprofit management.

I was thrilled to hear she also co-founded Gardening the Community (GTC), a youth urban agriculture program in Springfield, Massachusetts, which happens to one of my favorite local non-profits to support and amplify.

A big focus for Ruby now is helping others move from aspiration to purposeful action through her business, Direct Your Purpose.

She is a Purpose Coach for leaders and change-makers, a strategic consultant for non-profits and businesses, and a workshop facilitator. It’s all dedicated to helping people cultivate their potential for meaningful contributions to society.

I keep thinking her clients are so lucky to learn from someone experienced, wise, and calm.

Yes, you can make a living doing meaningful work like this.

She has been a TEDx speaker (on Purpose) and the recipient of the 40 Under 40 Business and Community Leader’s award.

When I asked Ruby how she maintains a sense of balance with all that, she said:

Finding balance is all about working self-care rituals into my schedule. My morning ritual includes listing:
1) Things I’m grateful for.
2) Reasons why today will be awesome.
3) Top 3-5 priorities for the day.
4) How I will nurture myself today.
Accountability buddies help too.

Learning from Ruby’s path…

I know that’s a lot of amazing accomplishments and it can sound intimidating if you think she did it all in a day. No way. Her story doesn’t mean we all need to do something similar to have a meaningful impact. That’s Ruby’s path.

It can look so many other ways, and we’ll look at some other paths soon.

There are principles we can learn from others’ stories. For instance, Ruby’s morning routine got me thinking about some of the daily rituals that feed me too. Those are so important. I think I’ll add in a couple new things from her list.

Also, I’m reminded by how much can be accomplished when you dream big yet focus on step by step. Combine that with letting in colleagues to partner with you. The word “co-founded” in her story is key.

I’m convinced (and research supports this) that the little things really add up into a positive feedback loop, for achieving what you’re here to do.

Plus it’s worth emphasizing this point: Introverts can be great leaders, speakers, and entrepreneurs, as Ruby’s story proves. We just need to do things our way, that works with our energy needs.

Wondering about your own path?

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Val Nelson

Val Nelson

I’ve been a self-employed career/business/purpose coach since 2009. I help introverts and HSPs (like me) who want to make a difference — in a way that fits our practical needs too.
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