Living in fear

There is a horrible, debilitating fear that saps the life out of many of my colleagues on the job. Many work stressful, demanding jobs for billion-dollar companies.

I remember it well.

Every time the email chime went off or my manager wanted a meeting or someone from my project called my phone.

Instant anxiety. Instant fear.

What did I do wrong?

What could they possibly want?

That’s it, I’m fired. I know it.

Despite these fears being imaginary and exaggerated, they feel so real.

Termination, disapproval, embarrassment, failure, poverty, rejection, and the unknown.

You deserve better.


Willie Jackson is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant & Facilitator with ReadySet, a boutique consulting firm based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is a frequent writer and speaker on the topics of workplace equity, global diversity, and inclusive leadership. Connect on LinkedIn or get in touch.

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