Charlize Theron and the questions her mother asked

Actress Charlize Theron shares how her mother framed adverse situations or news, and the follow-up question she asked.

“I have an incredible mother. Her philosophy was: ‘This is horrible. Acknowledge that this is horrible. Now make a choice. Will this define you? Are you going to sink or… swim?’ That was it.”

For every fall, every setback, every criticism: Will this define you? Will this be the thing that breaks you, or the thing that makes you? It’s a powerful question and a stark reminder that the decision is always ours to take.

Charlize Theron is now an Oscar-winning actress. She didn’t sink, she swam.