Who cares

If you’re in line to buy something at the mall and you no longer want it, leave the line.

There’s a tiny voice in our head that says, “if you leave the line, everyone’s going to look at you like you’re crazy and tell their friends and point and laugh and nothing you ever do in life will ever amount to anything and you’re going to end up homeless in a van down by the river….

(the italicized portion represents the crazy™)

The truth is that no one cares.

We feel like all eyes are on us, so we develop a hysteria about things going wrong and being ostracized and having our mistakes scrutinized on a public stage. In reality, that situation (enough people watching us to where there actually would be a sizable contingent of people who care) would mean that we have a thousand other things to be concerned about. (i.e., we’re Lady Gaga)

Most people don’t have a platform.

Most people don’t show up every day.

Most people don’t strive to do their best work.

Most people allow fear to dictate their actions and decisions.

Good thing you’re not most people.

You’re allowed to change your mind.

You’re allowed to be wrong.

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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