If you want to do something big in your life,
you must remember that shyness is only in the mind.
If you think shy, you act shy.
If you think confident, you act confident;
therefore, never let shyness conquer your life.
These are the words from Arfa Karim Randhawa as interviewed by Todd Bishop of GeekWire (formerly at TechFlash) in 2005. Arfa was the youngest certified MCP at age 9, and this is when she was 10. She has now passed away at age 16.
When I first heard her story, I was ready to dismiss her as someone who had just book-learned how to pass the MCP tests. I grew up with a bunch of smart kids who all had potential to do the same (if MCP tests had existed back in our stone age of computing). Todd’s interview really showed her confident and ready to take on the world, and that’s what really impresses.