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DBT40 Honoree: Melissa Pruitt of Paul Pruitt Photography


AGE: 39
TITLE: Co-owner
COMPANY: Paul Pruitt Photography
WORKS IN: Wilmington

What the nominator said:

“Melissa is passionate about helping others through education and inspiration and is a true believer of having a positive mindset and taking actionable steps to reach goals, while strivings to help others do the same. Melissa is involved in her community and loves to give back, and she is the co-director for the Miss Brandywine Scholarship Organization, and also volunteers for Faithful Friends Animal Society.”

Social media platform you can’t live without:

“Facebook – I love connecting with people in Facebook groups and Facebook lives.”

Biggest break:

“After going through a low point in my life and rising above, I wrote my first book, which was an Amazon best seller, leading me to speaking at TEDx Wilmington.”

Two words that best describe you:

Creative and positive.

Work/life balance technique you recommend:

“Setting boundaries, being OK saying no, knowing that there is always another opportunity, and understanding your why and what drives you towards your purpose.”

Your advice for the next generation:

“Being present in the moment and appreciating where you are right now in life. Knowing that each small step you take gets you closer towards your big-picture goals and being patient with the process.”

In one sentence, define success:

“Success is not what you do but who you are as an individual, what lights you up inside, the way you impact other’s lives, and appreciating your journey along the way.”

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