This is How To Shamelessly Own Your Offensive Voice
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
― Maya Angelou
Being vocal doesn’t have to mean being offensive. You can still say what you think without being outrageous. You can give your stance with respect for the person listening, and with decency. They are not mutually exclusive.
It may be harder to find the words, to be patient when tempers flare, but for the sake of what you have to say, it is worth the work.
If what you have to say will make someone uncomfortable — and push change in a positive direction — it is imperative that you articulate your thoughts.
This is exactly why I believe everyone should have a body of work such a blog or a book. This collection of thoughts across time goes a long way to gauge what you stand for and what you believed.
If nothing else, your children and theirs will know who their ancestor was through the words you left.
Those who resonate with your take will be grateful to have a leader articulate their thoughts for them. Like Seth Godin, I believe “We need you to lead us”.
What are you waiting for?
Be vocal, not disrespecful.
Be stern, not rude.
Be brazen,not arrogant.
What you have to say is important. What you think matters. Your experience counts. Your dreams are valid. You are here and you deserve to be heard.
One of the surest ways to know you hit a nerve is when after doing all these, you still offend someone.
“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone