233: The X-Factor With Emma Wo

Emma Wo is a former Miss Hawaii USA 2015 (placed Top 10 at Miss USA) and Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2008. Currently, she is a The X-Factor With Emma Wograduate student at New York University studying integrated marketing. Previously, she worked as a PR executive at Bennet Group Public Relations where she represents clients in the areas of travel tourism and real estate.  She is also a  fashion blogger and owner of TheAlohaBabe.com she journals her own personal style weekly. With a passion for fashion, she has interned in the fashion closet at Vogue Magazine in New York City.

Emma shares her story about what life was before she became the confident woman she is today.  She will also share how competing in beauty pageants helped her confidence and gave her that x-factor that made her win the title of Miss Hawaii 2015.

Bio

Emma Wo is a former Miss Hawaii USA 2015 (placed Top 10 at Miss USA) and Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2008.  She is also a fashion blogger and owner of TheAlohaBabe.com

Cultural Background

Emma is of Chinese and Irish descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

The quickest way to acquire self-confidence is to do EXACTLY what you are afraid to do.

The quickest way to acquire self-confidence is to do EXACTLY what you are afraid to do.

Definition of Self Confidence

Being self confident is the belief that if you use your skills, knowledge and abilities toward the goals you set in your life, you can do anything.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

In Emma’s teenage years she was less confident and less trusting in her own capabilities. She would be hesitant to take risks, and she compared herself to others, which is toxic behavior.

The “AHA” Moment

Competing in pageants absolutely helped Emma to find her AHA moment. Being completely honest, there is a bit of “scoping out the competition” that goes on, and you do end up comparing yourself to the other contestants. What happens next is the good stuff. You’re forced to identify what aspects of yourself will make you stand out from the rest — your unique qualities. It really helps you to love yourself and understand that what makes you different is what gives you that X factor.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Emma doesn’t think self-confidence is black and white, as in you’re either self-confident or you’re not. It’s always a scale, and you can have good days and bad days. She considers herself a confident person overall, but she has days when she has her insecurities as well. But overall what her life is like after her AHA moment is more fulfilled, more fun.  She is taking greater risks and reaping greater rewards, and she just lives life with no fear, which is a very liberating feeling.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

When Emma doubting herself, an important question she asks is, “what’s the worst that could happen?” More often than not, the potential consequences aren’t as scary as you thought. There’s no such thing as failure, either you learn or you grow.

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