Walls vs. Bridges

I reached out to connect. 

But I was met with no interest. 

My bridge came crashing into your wall. 

I wondered what caused this stall. 

Will it ever fall?

So I sat and observed

as you continued to layer your walls 

with bricks of sameness, fear, hate and a false sense of security. 

This is how you found your happy. 

To you, I’ve never been an option 

I seem to be as dark and unknown as what’s hidden in the depths of the ocean. 

Instead of getting to know me, 

you’ve weaponized your friends and family to be afraid of me. 

These stories you tell of me 

They are exaggerated and limited. 

These walls you built to protect yourself from me. 

 They are enclosed spaces with the same ole faces. 

Here’s what you’ve missed while living in your bubble.

your barriers have become outliers. 

your limited scope has inspired hope.

I will not just be tolerated. I will be appreciated

As your walls continue to crack, and you continue to attack,

my revolution will be televised and I will no longer be generalized.

I reached out to connect. 

But I was met with no interest.

My bridge came crashing into your wall and caused it to fall.

I looked behind me and I saw I wasn't alone.

Together, we built a bridge and knocked down the walls.

Three Ways To Make An Impact Today!

I spent the last week being part of three panels in events filled with many current and aspiring thought leaders and we discussed a range of topics within the diversity, inclusion and leadership field.

My favorite things about being on panels is the moment when the audience gets to ask questions. You get to hear their pain points. One such pain point that kept coming up was how to get over the barrier of not feeling qualified enough or ready to start. Listed below are three things I recommended.

Be A Curator: If you're struggling with just starting, think about being a manager or overseer in your industry or field of interest. You can add value by sorting through large amounts of content on the web and presenting the best posts in a meaningful and organized way. The process can include sifting, sorting, arranging, and placing found content into specific themes, and then publishing that information. People will find value in this because you would have saved them time. It also allows you to become the Google of your niche.

Be A Creator: This one is self explanatory. It is the contribution of information to any media for an end-user. Typical forms of content creation include maintaining and updating web sites, blogging, photography, videography, online commentary, the maintenance of social media accounts, and other forms of digital media. If you do this right, people will find value in this because you will be able to be an educator and thought leader that people will crave information from. Your thoughts and opinions will help guide others as they make important decisions. You're essentially a mentor from afar.

Be A Connector: Connectors are the people in a community who know large numbers of people and who are in the habit of making introductions. If  you believe that this is you, create a list of as many people you know in your social, cultural, professional, and economic circles, and then make a habit of determining who needs to know who on a weekly basis. Once you have that list, make the intros. According to Malcolm Gladwell, connectors have some combination of curiosity, self-confidence, sociability, and energy. People will find value in this because you will literally be connecting people to things they need to grow.

You could identify as one of these, two of these or all three but whatever you discover, remember that doing is the best form of experience so go out today, do and use your difference to make a difference.

 

Have You Done Everything You Said You Were Going To Do In This World?

Have you ever felt like you could use your voice to do more? Like there’s a message buried deep down inside you and yet you just don’t know how to articulate it? 

This was me for a while after I graduated from college. Until one fateful day.  I’ll never forget the day. August 22, 2012. I was driving to a place of work that I had lost my identity in when all of a sudden, my lane was cut in half by another car that had lost control and I smashed into multiple guardrails, hit two cars and nearly flipped over the bridge. 

At that moment, as I saw my life flash before me, only one thought came to my mind.

“Have you done EVERYthing you said you were going to do in life?”

I couldn’t answer that question in the affirmative and as my adrenaline kicked in, I slammed the breaks and somehow managed to get out of the car unscathed. 

.I couldn’t believe it. I had been given a second chance. I wasn’t supposed to survive that accident but...that was my wake up call. I retook my identity that day. 

I quit my job shortly after that and moved to New York City. I started the As Told By Nomads podcast which most of you know me for and began to tell my story and share all that I had learned about communication from my travels. 

I found freedom in telling my story and sharing lessons I had learned from being a minority everywhere I grew up. 

Now after years of speaking on hundreds of stages including TEDx three times and the World Bank, I’d love to share all that I have learned. 

But before I go any further, I have one question for you as 2018 looms ahead. 

Have you done everything you said you were going to do in this world? 

Have you?

If not, what’s holding you back? How would you feel if you could deliver your powerful messages to people from all walks of life on multiple stages while getting featured in publications that amplify your exposure and get your story in front of those that need to hear it?

Great right? Maybe even intimidating but that’s a good feeling. It means you’re closer to your calling. 

There are too many hidden change-makers today but the world won’t feel your impact if it’s not VOICED out. 

It’s like Marianne Williamson said, “playing small does not serve the world”. 

If this is you and you feel ready to take that leap, I’d love to invite you to Thought Leadership Academy where my good friend Amanda Rivera and I will walk you through everything you need to  know to be the speaker, thought leader and influencer you deserve to be! Hope to see you there!

How To Develop Your Brand As A Thought Leader

Being a thought leader isn't something that happens magically and developing your brand as one takes some strategizing and intentionality. In today's episode, I discuss 7 ways that you can position yourself as an expert recognized in your niche online and offline. Hope you enjoy!

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