Destiny Kingcannon is a highly sought-after empowerment speaker, certified life coach and author who goes by the aspirational moniker Destiny Inspire.
Prior to moving to Atlanta, the Augusta, Georgia, native was the first African American hired to work in the motor vehicle division of the Columbia County Tax Commissioner’s Office. At age 26, she became its youngest supervisor.
Today, as CEO of her own company, Destiny Inspire LLC, she travels the country speaking to women empowerment groups, schools, nonprofits and churches and engaging in seminars, conferences and workshops. She also shares the curriculum in her book — Discovering Destiny: 31 Day Guide to Finding yourself and Fulfilling Your Purpose — while also imparting key principles of pushing past pain. She has coached dozens of women seeking to gain clarity in their lives and develop strategies to execute their goals.
Her mission is to empower a generation of women and youth by helping them tap into their power, bridge the gap from where they are to where they desire to be and live the lives they deserve.
As a Black woman, what do you consider your superpower to be?
Resilience. I have the ability to flourish from any failure and build from anything that tries to break me. I use this superpower, in turn, to empower, impact and inspire my world around me. [As] Alfre Woodard says, “turning pain into progress.”
If you could thank any Black woman historymaker for her contributions to society, who would it be and why?
Michelle Obama. She unabashedly represented the power of perception for women of color all over the world while in the White House. She demonstrated the grace, grind and grit of balancing life, family and creating a better future for women and children. She changed the narrative for Black women and our ability to be as equally powerful as our peers and male counterparts.
Why is it important for more matured, seasoned and experienced Black women to reach back and help younger women of color?
It is important because representation and real-life experiences matter. Personally, as a younger woman of color, I need to be able to look to someone who has experienced what I have yet to encounter [who can] provide guidance and help me to avoid the same mistakes twice.
What three success habits do you implement into your daily routine to maintain your success, sanity and peace of mind?
I reflect on my day — anything pertinent that took place, how it made me feel and how I reacted to it. Next, I regroup by asking myself, “What is one lesson I learned from the day, and what is one thing I need to let go of from my day? Lastly, I’ve refreshed my mind and calmed my spirit by reading, listening to music or exercising.
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