There are times to be humble on this planet, and there are times when you should toot the hell out of your own horn. I find that as a female, I have been taught way too often to be humble. Don’t be cocky, or overconfident. Don’t talk too much about yourself. Don’t rock the boat. Do not try to be the center of attention. Do not be yourself.
There are a lot of don’ts there. Unfortunately, this kind of teaching causes us to step back out of the limelight when you should actually be dancing your way into the limelight, ensuring that as many people as you can manage know about it. I have a hard time with this. I recently wrote a book, and published it on Amazon – I haven’t told a lot of my friends about it, and if I do tell them, I am weird about it. Downplaying the achievement, saying things like, it was nothing, it is so easy to publish on Amazon, anyone could’ve done it. That isn’t the right way to do it in my opinion.
If you are spending the time and effort to do something, you should blast that message into space. Write it on all the bathroom walls you can find. Paste a sticker on your forehead saying that you are the greatest and awesomest. You are not being cocky or over-confident. You are letting people know what you have done. Why shouldn’t you do that? If you do not tell people what you have done, who will? Are you expecting that the goodness of your achievement will shine through and be publicized on its own?
Why don’t we dance like it’s 1969? Why don’t we dance like we are dancing in our living room? We are afraid of judgement. That makes sense. But we shouldn’t be worried about being judged when we have something to show to the world. We are not passive observers. We are the masters of our own destiny. We are here to move and shake the planet. We are the movers and shakers of tomorrow. Without our unique contribution, the world would be one times emptier. We are enhancing it. We are making it better. We are alive for a reason. We have a reason to be on this planet. Let us show it to the world. Toot your own horn, as loud as you can.