Words of wisdom from the notable designer Diane Furstenburg, “I have always believed that when you have a voice, you have the obligation to empower others.”
In business and in life, your voice will empower those around you, your example will inspire those around you to sharpen their character and skills. I recall countless occasions within business and personally, I have given sound advice only for it to be unaccepted, but when someone mentioned the same thing, it was accepted and executed. I mean, the individual receiving the information acted as if it were the first time the idea was shared. Present-day, I sit back and observe the behavior of certain individuals, I am aware of the bias displayed towards others due to their elitism, professional status, experience, socioeconomic status. It bugs the heck out of me. I have come to the realization that you have to put some respect on your own name by using your voice in the most confident way, showing people your true self. Speak up and speak out and continue to do so, no matter who does not acknowledge your ideas and solutions.
Typically, one would crawl into a shell, have a pity party, murmur about not being heard or feeling overlooked. Do not allow exclusion to promote reticent behavior, which triggers you not to share your knowledge and thoughts. Be aware of feelings of isolation that attempt to overtake you mentally at the conference table. I do not know if you have ever experienced someone stealing your ideas. I am uncertain if you allow others to execute without acknowledging your ideas. Some say, it is not important, but it means something, which is why initially it is imperative to speak up about your ideas. You have a passion and a vision as well. Put some respect on your name by continuing to share your experiences, plans and solutions.
Do not let others to trample over you. Always stay ready, so you do not have to get ready in terms of your profession and other matters of life. Lengthen your posture. Speak confidently and firmly. Use eye contact. Be clear and concise. Own it and walk fiercely. You have what it takes just as much as others around you. Respect is earned and you definitely deserve it. Fear not what others may think or say because you continue to speak up and out. Take your rightful position. There’s so much inside of you awaiting to be shared with the world. Put some respect on your name. Use what you got! Someone needs to hear from you. Live life on purpose in purpose.