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Avery Warley-Talbert: WNBA

Happy Wisdom Wednesday from a WNBA star!

Avery Warley-Talbert radiates positive vibes. When she walks into a room, the energy changes, and you are immediately inspired to live your best, happiest life… Of course, when you talk to Avery… she only gets cooler.

Avery played college basketball at Liberty University where she kicked off her incredible career.. She is only the second player in program history to be titled the Big South Defensive Player… Avery was also a First Team All-Big South selection two years in a row … Big South All-Tournament team … Broke the Liberty and Big South single-season rebounding, finishing with 363 boards … Ranked No. 4 on Liberty’s career rebounding list (901) and No. 13 in points (1,027).

One of the coolest things about Avery is that she has worked extremely hard to earned every opportunity she has had. Her professional career started in 2012 when she signed a training camp contract with the Phoenix Mercury and made the team out of camp… going on to play 28 games that season…

Here is a look at the mindset behind Avery Warley-Talbert's incredible attitude:

If you give yourself advice 10 years ago, what would it be?

"Live in the moment and value what each moment of life has to offer. It happens so fast so enjoy it all... Embrace failure... the good and the bad... Be present and open to whatever that moment has to teach you... The good, bad, and indifferent. Embrace it all and appreciate it for what it is." 

If you could go 10 years into the future and ask yourself one thing, what would it be?

If I could ask myself a question in ten years, it would be ‘how have I grown?’ I am all about growth... I would want to know if I have grown mentally… I always want to be better… I am always challenging myself no matter what, even if I am just walking down the street!... That might be my competitive side, but I just always try to get better… It can be something small. For example, If I read one book this week ... then next week I will challenge myself to read two books. I am always finding new ways to challenge myself. So yes, I would ask myself about growth. 

The WNBA doesn’t get nearly as much recognition as the NBA. Do you have any advice for women that are trying to break barriers (the glass ceiling)?

“I think it is our time. I slowly see it happening, and I am excited about where it can go, and where it is going to go… but like I said, this is our time… Women, We are strong. Stay focused on your dreams — I know it sounds cliche… but, you know what, it [focusing on our dreams] is what we need to do. Stay focused. Break barriers. There is nothing we [women] can’t do, now especially… We have women refs in the NFL! — The barriers are being broken. So stay focused, never give up… never… no matter what it [the circumstances] looks like.”

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