“No better time for your shine; you’re a star.” ⭐️ ~Alessia Cara
your perspective matters... (#338)
Earlier this week, I spoke on a panel focused on black tech entrepreneurs for a local community college. Immediately after meeting my fellow panelists, CEOs, and Founders of startups and nonprofits, I wondered what little-ole-me-with-her-side-hustle could add to the conversation.
Ever had those moments? 🤔
My impostor syndrome shot up to 100/10; luckily, a friend reminded me that my perspective would be valuable in this case. And that “my difference was my differentiator” (thanks Brandy!)
I encouraged folks to carve out some of their high-energy time to build their dreams, even if it’s 30 minutes to start. Slow moves are still moves, after all.
I presented side hustles as an option for those who felt like they couldn’t “step out on faith”.
When asked about “making it, " I shared that I don’t know if I will ever “make it, " but I love celebrating the baby steps and tiny wins I accomplish. And knowing that sometimes my best looks different.
Afterward, one person reached out because she liked what I said:
Your perspective truly resonated with me, and your passion struck me for empowering individuals to pursue their tech aspirations while maintaining stability in their current roles. Your journey and expertise are both impressive and inspirational.
Well, whaddya know. Little ole me did good.
Morgan Harper Nichols said: “This world needs your voice. Your courage. Your stories.”
Even when you feel there is nothing you can add to the conversation. Even when it seems like someone else is better suited. Even when your inner voice thinks you’re an impostor. Your experiences and perspectives matter.
This week, I made a difference for at least one person.
You can, too.
On to the picks!
P.S. I am looking for more opportunities to speak and share my story. Please keep me in mind if you need a speaker or if you have any referrals. I can do talks on productivity, technology, entrepreneurship, self-care, and careers.
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🏋🏾♀️. App: Wakeout. When this iPhone app first came out, I loved that it was a way to exercise in your pajamas and actually some exercises you could do from bed! With quick 30-second sessions, you can easily fit in exercise when you have limited time. It is a great way to get movement throughout the day and can also reduce back/neck pain, prevent eye strain, and fight burnout. Every little bit helps, right?
Kelly Nash is a fellow side hustler kindred spirit. She talks about the benefits of a side hustle. My faves:
Increased network (having a side hustle has introduced me to so many new people I wouldn’t have met otherwise)
Improved confidence (I run a thing that I created! It does wonders for my self-confidence)
Better time management (juggling the side hustle + day job + life forces you to be a productivity ninja!)
If these images aren’t the truth.
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