Nigerian-born writer Luvvie Ajayi is the author of New York Times best-seller ‘I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual’, a humorous manual that instructs people on how to do better. This October, the inspiring woman was the opening speaker for the TEDWomen 2017 conference in New Orleans and delivered a moving speech on being a “professional troublemaker”.
“For a line of dominoes to fall, one has to fall first, which then leaves the other choiceless to do the same. And that domino that falls, we’re hoping that, OK, the next person that sees this is inspired to be a domino. Being the domino, for me, looks like speaking up and doing the things that are really difficult, especially when they are needed, with the hope that others will follow suit. And here’s the thing: I’m the person who says what you might be thinking but dared not to say. A lot of times people think that we’re fearless, the people who do this, we’re fearless. We’re not fearless. We’re not unafraid of the consequences or the sacrifices that we have to make by speaking truth to power. What happens is, we feel like we have to, because there are too few people in the world willing to be the domino, too few people willing to take that fall. We’re not doing it without fear.”
In this bright, uplifting talk, Ajayi shares three questions to ask yourself if you’re teetering on the edge of speaking up or quieting down — and encourages all of us to get a little more comfortable with being uncomfortable. Watch the video and let us know what you think!