Speaker: Lidia Yuknavitch
Date: February 2016
Location: Vancouver, BC
Description from TED website:
To those who feel like they don't belong: there is beauty in being a misfit. Author Lidia Yuknavitch shares her own wayward journey in an intimate recollection of patchwork stories about loss, shame, the slow process of self-acceptance. “Even at the moment of your failure, you are beautiful,” she says. “You don’t know it yet, but you have the ability to reinvent yourself endlessly. That’s your beauty.”
My Review / Notes / Thoughts
Lidia is an amazing woman and speaker. She discusses her trials and tribulations … things that many of us can relate to in some way or another. Some of the fears she talks about, to me, sound like the issue of “Imposter Syndrome” … the feeling of not belonging, not fitting in, and waiting for that other shoe to drop. At the same time, it's more than that. Her case is like what happens when you let imposter syndrome win out and you actually back away from the opportunities you truly deserve.
If you have seen some glimmer of success and yet you’ve held yourself back for one reason or another, then you need to watch this talk.
Anyone struggling with imposter syndrome needs to watch this talk.
Anyone who feels that they have no worth, that they are just a failure waiting to happen, needs to watch this talk.
I can’t summarize what she says and better than she does herself in the talk. Seriously, go watch it!
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- The Chronology of Water: A Memoir
- The Small Backs of Children: A Novel
- The Misfit’s Manifesto (TED Books)
Until next time … live long life-learner!