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Posts Tagged ‘risk’

Coping with Naysayers

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on November 7, 2013

Today I was part of a panel at Carole Copeland Thomas’s Multicultural Symposium at UMass Boston. The topic was sharing tips for coping with Naysayers. It was a great morning and it was also energizing. I think we all like to hear about how others overcome and thrive. It helps us move past our “stuck” places. You know, those spaces we get in when we are worried about failure, feel we have failed, or feel pulled at from a million different directions.

Latoyia Edwards, the morning keynote and the evening anchor on NECN was hilarious and real. A couple of her ingredients for success include:
1) Have a dream
2) Outwork your competition
3) Be willing to do anything (even bringing someone a glass of water, tie their shoe, whatever!)
4) Never be too big to talk to anyone
5) Do your homework
6) Go after what you want and don’t let anyone else steal your dream

Chancellor Motley shared some thoughts about naysayers too:
1) Be the smartest person in the room
2) Stay focused
3) Stay the course
4) Forgive but don’t forget

There was a similar thread throughout the presentations. And of course there was some gloating…I mean people were trying to pull us down…and we overcame. Celebrate, but celebrate through continued success and growth, not through punishment of others (but no one says you have to go out of your way for them either).
Here is the outline of the thread:
– have a passion for something
– be prepared and be willing to do anything…no matter how minor a task
– build your community of supporters
– do your homework/research
– get comfortable with your confidence even when others are not
– take risks, put yourself out there
– take care of yourself (physically and mentally)
– be okay with saying no to things that don’t enhance your life

As a speaker on the panel, I shared stories that I have written in past blog posts…there are always naysayers. I have some in my life now, actively working against me. My village of supporters, my advocates are stronger than their voices. I may fail, but if I do, I won’t be alone. I still don’t know what I want to do when I grow up, but I know I will be prepared for new opportunities and I will be in a position to say “yes” to the things I want in my life and that will help me continue to grow.

I don’t have the answers, but I always have thoughts. Won’t you share yours?


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Be Yourself

Posted by georgiannasaysjustdoyou on April 14, 2010

Don’t be afraid to be yourself. A lot of times when we get stuck, we get stuck because we are preoccupied with what others think of us. Of course it is always nice to have approval, but it can get in our way.

Sometimes we want to try something new but it is a completely new thing and perhaps could be shocking to others, so we don’t. For example, we want to write a romance novel/sci-fi novel/murder mystery. We get stuck moving it along because we worry about how others will interpret that and then label us.

I mean, how many people think Stephen King is creepy? Have you read his stuff? It’s sick and it is also genius (in my humble opinion). I read everything he writes. Does that make him sick or does it make me creepy for reading it? Think about it.

It is definitely not for everybody. I bet people expect his house to have cobwebs in every corner, hidden weapons and ghosts floating around. Where does he draw his inspiration from? How did he get over worrying about what others think about him? I, for one, am glad he let his creativity out for us to enjoy.

It is definitely a risk to put yourself out there like that, but it can also be rewarding. You are your own audience. If others like it, bonus. If it generates income, double bonus.

Are there geniuses out there holding themselves back for fear of what others will think? Are you one of them?

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