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3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Everything You Do: Stacey Abrams (Transcript)

Stacey Abrams at TED Talks

Stacey Abrams is an American politician, lawyer, and novelist who served as Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, she was her party’s nominee in the 2018 Georgia gubernatorial election.

Below is the full text of Stacey Abrams’ TED Talk: 3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Everything You Do.


“I’m going to move forward, because going backwards isn’t an option and standing still is not enough.”

Listen to the MP3 audio here: 3 questions to ask yourself about everything you do by Stacey Abrams


When I was in high school at the age of 17 — I graduated from high school in Decatur, Georgia, as valedictorian of my high school — I was very proud of myself.

I was from a low-income community, I had grown up in Mississippi, we’d moved from Mississippi to Georgia so my parents could pursue their degrees as United Methodist ministers.

We were poor, but they didn’t think we were poor enough, so they were going for permanent poverty.

And so, while they studied at Emory, I studied at Avondale, and I became valedictorian.

Well, one of the joys of being valedictorian in the state of Georgia is that you get invited to meet the governor of Georgia. I was mildly interested in meeting him. It was kind of cool.

I was more intrigued by the fact that he lived in a mansion, because I watched a lot of “General Hospital” and “Dynasty” as a child. And so I got up that morning, ready to go to visit the governor.

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