“Don’t make me a hero!”
Whenever you put someone on a pedestal — including yourself — you set them up for failure. Why? Because you don’t need to be superhuman to make a difference. Even a hot mess can change the world.
You just have to keep showing up.
Luvvie Ajayi Jones, who delivered the iconic TED talk Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable, which has over 5 million views, is on MarieTV today talking about how to get crystal clear on who you are and what you stand for.
She’s the author of the New York Times Bestseller, I’m Judging You, co-creator of the #ShareTheMicNow global movement, and host of the Professional Troublemaker podcast. Luvvie’s new book, Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual, is SO good I wanted to squeeze the darn thing cover-to-cover till its eyes popped out.The thing that people want you to quell, the thing that they want you to be less of, it's typically the thing that you are gifted at. @Luvvie Click To Tweet
If you’ve ever wished for the clarity to know exactly who you are, and the confidence to show up as your full self in any room, this episode is a must-watch. You’ll learn:
- How to set — and hold — healthy boundaries.
- Why Luvvie turned down TED twice (before giving a talk that went viral).
- The power of “Oriki” and being crystal clear on who you are.
- How to be true to yourself — even when the world tells you not to.
- The Game of Thrones secret to achieving your dreams.
- What to do when someone says you’re “too much.”
- How to distinguish valuable feedback from heartless criticism.
- Why pleasing everybody is ruining your career (and what to do instead).
Watch this episode, then turn your insights into action below the video.
Wasn’t that AWESOME?
Growing up, Luvvie always got in trouble for running her mouth. Now she’s a celebrated speaker with a wildly popular TED talk. She says:
“So often the thing people want you to quell, the thing they tell you to be less of, is the thing that you are gifted at.”
Now Luvvie and I would love to hear from you.
In the comments below, answer these two questions:
- As a kid, what did you most often get in trouble for?
- What gift or superpower do you have that comes from this same quality?
Walking through the world with your light on isn’t always easy — you’ll face critics, fears, and your own self-doubt — but it’s worth the risk.
Because the world really does need that special gift that only you have.