You’ve just been told you had to present your group project to the entire class. After putting in lots of hours to learn how to use ReactJS, building pretty cool User Interfaces is now pretty easy for you, and you would like to share your knowledge with the people around you. The speaker at an event just said something that sounds like a big fat lie and you want to question him or her.
Basically, it is time for you to stand the fuck up in the middle of the crowd, open your mouth and … Nah, maybe some other time.
That’s the lie you tell yourself.
The truth is, you are scared shitless. What will other people think if you actually did open your mouth to speak?
Speak up. Because when you do, you get to change a misconceived opinion about you or you get to reinforce an already good opinion. And if your speech sucks, then fuck what people think. No one’s opinion should hold power over your life.
Speak up. Because you know every time you do something over and over again, you get better. Every time you attempt public speaking, you are better than the last time you spoke. You will never be perfect at public speaking. No one is perfect at anything. Don’t let some hideous motivational speaker tell you otherwise. I believe the goal should be constant improvement and not aim for perfection. Like Eugene Delacroix said: “The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.”
Speak up. Because what you have to say may go a long way in making this crazy world we live in a better place. You don’t have to be Nelson Mandela or the Dalai Lama to make a change. Play your part, the world needs your voice. Don’t fold. Never fold. Speak up. And one day, the world will listen to you.
Speak up. Share that knowledge you’re hoarding. Not only do you get to make an impact in the lives of others, you invariably get to be more knowledgeable on whatever subject you’re teaching.
“When you learn, teach, when you get, give.” — Maya Angelou.
Speak up. Ask questions. Don’t let anyone bamboozle you with bull shit.
Speak up. The world wants to hear you.