Your playing small does not serve the world.

I have never gone the way others in my family have gone. From an early age, I insisted on a different path, and because I was lucky, no one ever objected (not seriously anyway). And so it does not come as a surprise that, when I imagine myself having a fulfilling life professionally, I feel drawn to entirely different things than the rest of my herd. Which is okay. I keep saying it, but: you are born to be you, not someone else, or else you’d be someone else, not you.

The past few weeks have been characterized by job interviews and finding ways to show who exactly I am and why this makes me great for a particular type of job. It takes courage to apply for amazing positions; part of us often insists that we are probably not good enough.

Yet during the entire process I found that, whenever insecurity starts creeping into even the remotest corners of my mind, this quote reminded me of why I want to do what I love most:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other
people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

— Marianne Williamson