We are listening. We are learning. We are finding ways to be actively anti-racist. And we are also unlearning.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King Jr.
The essence of entrepreneurship is taking a new approach to an age-old problem. It requires us to reassess continually the problem at hand, collaborate to speed up our learning, and pivot as needed to get to the right solution in a timely manner.
I discovered Adam Grant’s book Give and Take, after I was backstabbed by a friend. For him, our decade-long friendship was worthless compared to the “success” he achieved through backstabbing me for my job. Because I enjoyed giving and helping others, I was an easy target when faced with a “taker” such as my ex-friend. From that painful experience, I knew I needed protection against exploitation and burnout, common risks for being a giver. I needed to arm myself with Adam Grant’s data-driven ways to win as a giver.
This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending an alumnae event at Wellesley College, my alma mater. It was a weekend packed with inspirational speeches, mind blowing facts, and tactical tips. The college staff and professors challenged us with the ideas of inclusion and diversity. To top all off, we had the privilege of hearing Madeleine Albright speak twice! Needless to say, I was glowing with inspiration and new ideas by the end of the weekend. Yet, I couldn’t help but reflect on what I’ve done with my education; admittedly there was an inkling of “do I measure up to Wellesley’s mission?” that ran through my mind.
I had the fortune of visiting the Nobel Museum in Stockholm, Sweden this past November. To my pleasant surprise, a good third of the museum was devoted to Martin Luther King, Jr. In addition to his leadership on the civil rights movement, he also strongly advocated for the poor.