While there are many things in our cultures that are worthy of being kept, it doesn’t mean that everything is valuable. Some cultures teach us that it’s rude to speak up, or even to challenge authority. Teachings like these hold people back, not only in the working world, but in their personal lives too.
If you don’t speak up, you can never get a raise or a promotion.
If you don’t speak up you’ll never change an unfavourable working situation.
If you don’t speak up, you’ll never learn that your opinions are valued when you find a better way.
It’s the courage to speak up that helped me progress in my career and in my personal life. It’s what got me a seat at the table.
It’s what got people to value my opinions, knowing that I’m willing to speak up about things they are thinking, but afraid to say.
It’s what got people to take me seriously and more than that, be respected as an equal.