Ah not again!
I’m the last one picked for a primary school soccer team. That is always how it went! See, I was the super skinny, not at all sporty, feminine boy who couldn’t kick a ball straight, and the team I joined always treated me like I was of no use to them and a liability. I went through life absorbing such thoughts which caused a whole lot of emotional and mental health problems. Brought to my knees by a crippling crystal meth addiction, I was faced with a choice, to listen to the judgmental voices in my head telling me to deny myself, my life, and my essence or to get up and fix myself. And fix myself I did, which I describe in my book “I am Costa, from Meth to Marathons www.thisiscosta.com
In the process of getting to know and love myself I started seeing how the world that denied me as a kid was still present in many forms. I realized prejudice, judgements and labels of many kinds still existed in the world. Having found some inner strength of my own, I have decided to become a diversity and inclusivity speaker and dedicate my life’s work to making even a small dent in this world that misunderstands and polarizes people, creating a world where people fear many who are different to them.
I want to help people see the humanity in each other first, to allow each other to take up space, allow many diverse voices to be heard, understood, and perhaps even celebrated. I want to help create an environment where the marginalized, “different” person in the workplace feels seen, and is not only given a place at the table, but also included in meaningful dialogue, strategy and decision making where appropriate. For this person to be allowed to flourish in their own unique way, and for me to sit back and watch the results of such human magic.
Such corporate sorcery is possible, and I know it on a personal level that when I finally came to terms with my own uniqueness and allowed myself to flourish, all my dreams started coming true. My creativity flourished, my relationships grew, and I finally could contribute to this beautiful society of ours. It’s a proven fact that companies also benefit hugely like I once read in Forbes. https://www.forbes.com/sites/sianbeilock/2019/04/04/how-diversity-leads-to-better-outcomes/?sh=5f8b835c65ce
How are you selecting your “soccer” team? Are you discriminating or looking through the old lens looking for one type of player and avoiding those you don’t understand. Let me help you see the value in including a diverse team of players, because while they may not have the right ball control for a primary school soccer team, perhaps they are a super-fast runner who hides that uniqueness, like I did. Let’s play ball and let me show you what diversity, and inclusivity speaker like me can do for a team, company and potentially the world.