Written By: Saeeda Ruffin
t’s a shame, actually.
No matter how much we achieve as a people, others still
find a way to question our ability. For most Black people, it’s pretty commonplace.
In fact, you’ve probably gotten so used to it that, at this point, it barely fazes you.
Even if doesn’t necessarily get you amped, it’s annoying and so beneath you, Queen.
Don’t they know that royalty ain’t got time for foolishness? Well, they are gonna learn
Here are 4 ways to handle people questioning your education and ability:
Contrary to popular belief,
being uber humble (or staying
quiet) is not always the best
way to deal with doubts others
have about you. It’s easy to get
overly anxious or intimidated.
Well, uh, no ma’am. Open your
mouth and set some things
in order. Use discretion, as the
conversation may be better
had one-on-one, but definitely
speak your peace. You have
the right to speak up so don’t
be shy about it. Put it on blast
with confidence and still
Find Out Who You Are Working With
You can learn a lot about a person by
doing a basic Google search. Check out
their LinkedIn profile and get better
insight into who you are dealing with.
Just knowing that someone actually
brings less to the table than you can
boost your confidence and reinforce your
self-esteem. But, don’t be intimidated if
they have more experience. That’s good
for them. Remember, everyone on your
team has something to contribute and
the fact that YOU realize that puts you
leaps and bounds ahead of those who
Your ability to execute is super important. When your skills, your management ability, and your patience are tested, that’s when your Black Girl Magic is on full display for the world to see. So, when your plan comes together and you’ve executed it to perfection, stand back and shine like the rock star you are.
Showcase Your Talents
First of all, be sure to hang ALL of your certificates and degrees in your office or
workspace. Yup, every single one that you want the world to see. Why not? You
earned them, Sis.
Next, interject, correct, and problem-solve like a BOSS! Oftentimes, someone’s
ability is questioned because people feel that person isn’t making significant
contributions to the team. Be seen and heard. It’s nice to stand in the wings and
watch people bring your ideas to life, but it feels even better when you bring
them to fruition YOURSELF! That being said, the better you are, the more OTHER
PEOPLE will praise your work and speak up on your behalf. So, do your thang, Sis!
The energy you project
can work miracles when
it comes to being on
a team. Your positivity
overshadows the negative
vibes that others bring.
Not only can other people
feel your positive vibes,
they also can see it in your
work. So, be confident.
Know who you are and
dismiss the haters and all
their ignorance. Don’t give
negative people and their
comments too much real
estate in your brain. They
don’t deserve it. Instead,
fill your life with good
things, awesome plans
and possibilities, and
elevate beyond miserable
people. One day, they just
may be working FOR YOU!