“Influential people are never satisfied with the status quo. They’re the ones who constantly ask, ‘What if?’ and ‘Why not?’ They’re not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom, and they don’t disrupt things for the sake of being disruptive; they do it to make things better.” Travis Bradberry
“I’m particularly interested in black swan events: unprecedented surprises that destroy the conventional wisdom about how the world works.” – Paolo Bacigalupi
Certainly, in today’s world there’s a call for many of us to be more audacious – to buck the status quo, to stand up and be heard or take actions that might have us shaking in our boots. To be bold and more courageous, maybe louder and less “ladylike.” Casting off the shackles of shame and “not enoughness.”
Personally, I sense my enthusiasm about audacity is about that very thing: that I’ve lived my entire life being ladylike, nice and polite, kind and considerate. And I value those qualities. Immensely. Yet, a part of me is beginning to insist that she be given a chance to come to out of the closet and have her say; take her actions.
What that will look like, I’m not quite sure. What I do know is that she’sjust not going to be content being quiet when she knows there’s just so much work to do. We may start small, the actions may not seem audacious to anyone else, but we’ll know. And we’ll celebrate and keep on going.
Are there areas in your life where Audacity is starting to insist on showing up? Or would like to be?