Erin Brockovich

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Erin Brockovich
Consumer advocate and author of Take It from Me (McGraw-Hill)

People often underestimate the power of... Passion. I see it in my own work. I hear, "She's not a doctor; she doesn't know what she's talking about." But I don't need anyone else to give me answers—determination keeps me moving forward.

I felt most powerful when... My mother died in my arms. Death is mysterious and frightening, but I had the strength to help my mother through it. I'm proud of that.

A true sign of power is... Self-assurance. It's a struggle, but that confidence comes from being comfortable with yourself and the decisions you've made in life.
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