Truth is non-negotiable. From Gandhi to @garyvee.
As @shondarhimes expresses. “If I don’t poke my head out of my shell and show people who I am, all anyone will ever think I am is my shell.”
For me, truth is necessary for freedom and progress! My father’s side of the Khare family shared with me how my grandfather, my Ba Ba, came to know Gandhi, and they told me stories about his time working with him. This led me to learning more about Gandhi through his writing. I found his explanations helped me to understand better why truth is so important to me professionally and personally.
“What is truth? A difficult question, but I have solved it for myself, by saying that it is what the voice within tells you….There is an inmost center in us all, where truth abides in fullness…The law of truth is merely understood to mean that we must speak the truth.But we understand the word in a much wider sense. There should be truth in thought, truth in speech, and truth in action.” M. K. Gandhi.
The best truths in my opinion, come from any human who has already changed the world. My first acting job was at a historical theme park in Canada where I got to play Nellie McClung and give her famous ‘mock parliament’ speech where she was advocating for women to get the vote. Today, now in the US, I have learned a lot about the amazing work of Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsberg and how she’s made progress with a quieter approach but still keeping a strong voice. I especially like her quote that reflects the truth between her mother’s generation and hers. “What’s the difference between a bookkeeper in the garment district and a Supreme Court justice? One generation.”
As an entrepreneur, and founder of a start-up, there is a critical part of my life, like most entrepreneurs, that is so hard to describe or explain to whose who are not entrepreneurs. I discovered an article that encapsulates the overall experience of an entrepreneur and why we choose to do it. And choose is the operative word. The author also quotes Hemingway by saying, “It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.” Link to Article
So at the beginning of my journey to being amplified via online platforms, from Instagram, to twitter, Facebook and this blog, but most importantly, YouTube, I had to start brave, and I mean really brave. In order to be a YouTuber, my Gen Z junior executive Tapiwa Karen Tafa decided I needed to start with the truth as to why I had to get amplified online in the first place. So I did. It was the first time as a Gen X, I felt that immense ‘fear’ of being out there on the internet for anyone and everyone to hear my truth as to “Why am I not successful yet?”
Due to my pioneering research and invention, a disruptor to more than one industry, and admittedly doing it all (which isn’t supposed to be possible), I inevitable became unexpected and underestimated…until, of course, when I become successful anyways!