“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” ―
Today, I participated in a panel on WCIU’s The Jam TV Show as an expert for job hunters. This opportunity came to me because of a social media post I made a few weeks ago about hiring talented people. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m usually a behind the scenes person. Don’t get me wrong, I can speak live on camera, but when given the option I usually push other people forward to speak, and only speak when I have to.
I was also joined by two powerhouses on today’s panel, and two women I have deep admiration and respect for – Adrienne Samuels-Gibbs and Kris Christian.
Today I made a decision that I will no longer play small.
When given the opportunity to highlight my accomplishments, my plans or my voice, I will seize it.
When someone sees something good in me that I may not see in myself, I will be gracious and receptive, instead of dismissive or reductive about it.
When someone advocates for me, I will respond to that advocacy with affirmation and confirmation.
When the next step toward my dream is visible, I will take it and will not feel guilty about it or feel bad about it.
When a person wants to take a photo with me, I will pose with great posture and serve face, hip and lip.
I will nominate myself. I will write myself in. I will show up for myself.
I will walk in my calling when I hear my name called.
You can watch the full segment here.
Thank you to Producer Melissa Perez for the invitation!