BEALE, CEO OF LLOYD'S OF LONDON AND OUT BI ROLE
"Set achievable goals"
Set achievable goals so you are
clear on where you want to make a difference, how, and by when. Too
often we just talk about it. A timeframe motivates action. Don't be
scared to go out of your comfort zone. If you're offered an
opportunity, no matter how daunting, grab it with both hands. I've
had no regrets about each opportunity I've taken during my
34-year-long career. With each one I've grown in confidence, which
has enabled me to take on the next big role. Believe in yourself.
Having confidence in your ability to bring about positive change is
a very powerful force."
ROSE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT BLACKOUTLDN AND HEAD OF MEDIA
PRODUCTION AT UK BLACK PRIDE
"Seek out a strong network"
The most important thing to think
about is why you want to make a difference. Then seek out others
wanting to do the same. Having a strong network not only supports
your aim but you can learn an awful lot too. When I see the
strength of Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Chardine Taylor-Stone and Campbell
X, always taking a firm stand for what is right, how could I not be
motivated? Being visible doing the things I do makes a difference
to the way some women view their options, just like my role models
have done for me."
CHARLIE CRAGGS, CREATOR OF NAIL
"Apply your skills to your passion"
Ask yourself what cause you're
passionate about, then ask yourself what skills you possess that
can be used to help aid the fight for that cause. And then stop
asking yourself damn questions and get the hell to it! Like, I've
got a big mouth and I'm fabulous so my activism utilises those
skills. It's amazing the way a total stranger can come and sit down
with me and 20 minutes later they go away and we're like BFFs. As a
society we need to start talking to each other more. You don't have
to hold a placard and megaphone to be an activist." @Charlie_Craggs
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