ESSENCE Poll: What’s the Smartest Thing You’ve Ever Done?
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At a women’s forum during the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, D.C., First Lady Michelle Obama talked about how women in power should avoid wasting opportunities. “Women are smarter than men,” she said, referring to how women need to use their intelligence to better influence and affect change in the world.

From high-positions in government and CEO’s of businesses to taking part in any endeavor with changing power, FLOTUS believes that “we can’t waste this spotlight” because “life is short and change is needed.” 

And even though Mrs. Obama’s comments about women being smarter than men made the crowd laugh, it got us thinking. Whether it was getting married, choosing a career you love over one that pays the bills, starting a family or even adopting a healthy lifestyle, we want to know: What’s the smartest thing you’ve ever done? Share your stories below. 

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