Over the past few weeks and months, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and talking with people living and leading outside of the lines that have traditionally defined my world. Proverbial box-rebels, reformists and new dreamers alike, I’ve met artists, inventors and educators; philanthropists, social innovators, and serial entrepreneurs.
Despite their outward differences, they share a common energy…an invisible, golden thread that seems to bind them all to one another.
They are authentic. Real. Grounded.
They are passionate, driven, and committed.
They also believe that their voice and their ‘craft’, in whatever form(s) it takes, is the most authentic, creative expression of their selves and the gifts they have to offer the world. They are society’s disrupters – the collective energy and inspiration of TEDx personified – determined to make their mark on the world.
From that place they live. They lead. They serve. They inspire.
For far too long, many of us have tried to fit ourselves into the lines and boxes of convention, without regard for consequence. We have been square pegs living in round holes, building our identity around external expectations and definitions, rather that the essence of who we really are and the gifts we have to share.
We seek to ‘fit in’ because it is easier than being left out; and in our fear and discomfort with uncertainty, we seek refuge in the familiar, however outworn or outdated that model might be.
Some say they can’t change. Some say it’s too late. Some say it’s too hard.
I say we become what we believe is possible.
I say that our dreams represent the most sacred voice of our heart and soul.
I say that our capacity to serve and lead others, grows in proportion to our degree of self-awareness and the courage to live our lives out loud.
Erase a line. Adjust your lens. Reframe.
You be you, and watch the magic unfurl.
I‘m curious: Do you live your life out loud, or do you find yourself burying your essence and dreams to fit in to the expectations of others? How can you find ways to live authentically within the current framework of your life? What small steps can you take today to begin to give life to your own voice?