Lead the Mutiny

Is there something you feel passionate about? Are you actively doing anything about it? It could be:

  • A much needed neighborhood stop sign
  • Equal pay for equal work
  • Girls playing on varsity football teams
  • Endangered species
  • Eating healthier

Are you leading the way or being held back by other’s expectations and points of view? 

how to be interestingI found this clever little book by Jessica Hagy called How to Be Interesting in 10 Simple Steps. She uses Venn Diagrams and charts to quickly and easily make her point. In the chapter called “Grow a Pair” she brings up the idea of lead the charge:

If you find yourself working for something that feels pointless or fruitless, stop. Don’t fight for anything you don’t see value in. You’ll be surprised how many others join you in the protest.

Now, it doesn’t always have to be a protest. In some cases, it might just be shining a light on a topic people have previously overlooked. 

I am reminded of the UN speech that Emma Watson gave about gender equality. Emma Watson, British actor and UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, co-hosted a special event for UN Women’s HeForShe campaign.

The HeForShe campaign is a solidarity movement for gender equality which calls upon men and boys to help end the persisting inequalities faced by women and girls globally. 

We may not have the platform or opportunity to be Emma Watson, but that doesn’t mean that we have to be hampered by the limits set by others.

I like the simple chart pictured above because there is no room for confusion. We either set our own limits or allow others to do it for us.

So I ask you: are you working on something that you feel strongly about? Are you in control of the limits (or lack there of) being set upon you? Is there something holding you back? If you are being held back, check out this article on What is Holding You Back? 

Let’s get out of our own way and determine our own path and set our own limits and lead the mutiny!

Watch the official UN video of Emma Watson’s presentation about gender equality and the launching of the HeforShe campaign.