Have you ever thought, “I don’t want to seem brag-uh-do-shus, but I’ve accomplished a lot in my life.”
Yeah…Me Neither… Lol.
Seriously, do you find yourself being too humble because you are trying to accommodate others?
I was on a social network this week talking about this very thing. I found that I don’t always “BIG UP” myself. I never talk about my accomplishments! The fear of offending my superiors, or coming off as Ms. Narcissist or Ms. Brag-Different. There’s ways around it you know?
There is one thing I learned from this conversation. I am not alone. My Dean in Grad School told me on numerous occasions that I am too humble when it comes to my strengths. For goodness sake she was trusting me with editing a grant for our school. This is someone with a Ph.D from UNC Chapel Hill, and worked for the Library of Congress. A SISTA! She was trusting me (a grad assistant at the time) with editing a grant! I still failed at the lesson that I was supposed to learn at that moment.
Don’t dim your light for ANYONE!
As I continue on this journey of working within my community, and rocking with my side hustles I will sometimes put my accomplishments on the back burner. WHY? I’ve asked myself that question a time or two.
All of my experiences have made me who I am. The wins and the lessons learned (I’m not trying to refer to my lessons as losses) have landed me in Huffington Post, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Post, and many others. Sharing my story has empowered others, so why should I care if I am offending anyone else.
Their weakness or insecurities are NONE of my business. I’ve dealt with it all my life. You know what I’m talking about? “Stay humble, don’t get the big head.” That statement means do not become arrogant, not to keep it to yourself and don’t inform anyone of the dope, black, natural, educated sista that you are!
Stop worrying about what others have to say about what God has blessed you with, or blessed you to come out of. Keep shining, and sharing your story. Trust me…someone is listening.
Oh yeah…The #SteeleThankful Challenge Countdown begins are you ready?