Living Fabulously Fierce Factor #37-Accepting Your Privilege

Yes, it has definitely been quite a while…at least longer than I’d like between connecting with you via posts.  You can imagine how much I have to share with you but as usual, I’m going to do my best to keep it succinct and to the point while giving you enough to chew on until we connect again.

First things first, for those of you who have been running a gazillion miles a minute like I have, you may have missed the buzz around the April 5th Living Fabulously Fierce Workshop and Photoshoot.  Check out the details via eventbrite and be sure to get your tickets asap!!!!  This is definitely not an event to be missed.  Aaaaaaaand…since I’ve heard from the musicians, the entrepreneurs and the students who’ve shared that “Farah, times are rough…”, we’ve gone ahead and discounted the tickets even further….for just this week so DO NOT DELAY!  Not sold yet, ok…an added bonus, the first 10 fabulous women to register get a free 30-minute professional coaching session with yours truly, valued at $110!!!

Now, on to our factor for this session, I had the great honor and privilege of attending and participating in the recent Bryant Women’s Summit.  It was PHENOMENAL!!!  And while I appreciated the opportunity to speak on the Power of Leveraging our Differences to highlight diversity and inclusion strategies that win, the true treat for me was getting to hear the fabulously fierce Viola Davis!!!

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Those of you who follow me on twitter (@FarahBernier) saw that I could NOT tweet fast enough all of the wisdom she was imparting.  So much of her message stuck with me and this may just turn into a series of Ms. Viola Insights, but for now, I want to elaborate one of her extraordinary points:


“The privilege of a lifetime is being who are you.  All of who you are!!!”

Ms. Davis’ authenticity beams from the moment she walks in the door and is only enhanced by her words.  I know we’ve all heard some version of this message…you know…

“be yourself”…

                “you’re special”…

                                        “there’s no one like you”…

                                                                             “you’re truly one of a kind”…

                                                                                                             “don’t waste time trying to be like anyone else, be you”…

So, what’s unique about this statement?  Well, simply put, it puts honor and responsibility into all of the usual statements and goes a step further, a leap, really, and requires your whole self!   “All of who you are.” And that, my friends, is really what resonated with me.  Role modeling this before over 1000+ women, she even went on to share specifically what makes her fabulous, and specifically, those parts of her being that she doesn’t necessarily like to put a spotlight on but she owns nonetheless as just being part of who she is.  Now, what if we all did that…you know, owned every characteristic of who we are and brought that to every encounter, every experience, every situation, every opportunity?  I believe we would more than quadruple the army of the fabulously fierce!!!!  And how remarkable would that be?!?!?”

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.  All of who you are!!!”

So what does it actually mean to accept, to own, your privilege?   It means

1-being so bold, comfortably bold to declare what makes you fabulous!  You know, what would be missing in this world, if you weren’t in it? What unique honor and responsibility do you carry by being you and no one else?
2-understanding, identifying that which contradicts the spotlight for you? You know, what are your blemishes? What are your shortcomings? What makes you less than perfect?
3-committing to being ALL of you no. matter. what.  and standing fabulously fierce in the face of all keeps you from being “perfect”.

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.  All of who you are!!!”

So today, I challenge you to accept the privilege you have of just being you, showing up just as you are, all of who you are!!!

Soundtrack of the week: Because I think not being all of who you are can be like trying to fly with one wing, enjoy this serenade from the soundtrack of Sparkle-Jordin Sparks’ One Wing.

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