Daytona Beach Native Makes Writing Debut in National Bestselling Book Series for Women of Color
Latiera Streeter talks living up to others' expectations, meeting failure and perfectionism in the latest volume of the "Dear Fear" book series
"Dear Fear" encourages each author to dive deep into their story and share it, in order to reach back and pull someone else forward.
In her writing debut, Ms. Streeter proudly proclaims: "Fear, I will not let you try to rationalize and barter with me to lower [my expectations]
With more than a decade of professional experience in the financial sector, Ms. Streeter has seen her fair share of challenges - from clients too comfortable with outdated accounting tools to a lack of internal controls that leave a business' financial records in disarray. But, the challenges presented by clients have never compared to the expectations of her family and her natural tendency to strive for perfection.
"For as long as I can remember, my mother worked to provide a great life for me. My grandfather showered me with love. My grandmother showed me the importance of having pride in myself. Collectively, my family instilled in me what was both an honor and a burden", explained Streeter. "In me, they saw the person who would do better, go farther, and achieve greater than anything they could imagine. At five, that's not a problem. At fifteen, the weight of those expectations bred fear and, to beat fear, I consistently aimed for perfection."
Now 35, Streeter has experienced both sides of fear: falling prey to it and using it as motivation to propel her life forward. In "Dear Fear: 10 Powerful Lessons on Living Your Best Life on the Other Side of Fear", she unpacks the pitfalls of trying the meet others' expectations and perfectionism. She also shares the impact and self doubt that comes with failing on a public stage.
Before becoming the queen of North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University (NCA&TSU)
"I was devastated each time I lost," said Ms. Streeter. "But, I put on a smile and pretended like I was fine. The image everyone else had of me demanded I wear a mask that held a perpetual smile. The truth was that I was breaking under the weight of these expectations. I had to break out of that mold but I had no idea where to begin."
"The response we are receiving from 'Dear Fear' is amazingly overwhelming,"
"Dear Fear" was released across the country in April and is available online at www.LatieraStreeter.com.
Shevaun J.L. McGlone
Tier III Strategic Communications, LLC