How to be a professional troublemaker

Bestselling author Luvvie Ajayi Jones teaches us how to tackle fear and live boldly and audaciously in spite of all the reasons we have to cower.
3:34 | 03/02/21

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Instagram @drjashton. We're going to turn now to a woman on a mission to help us live a little more boldly. Her latest book "Professional troublemaker, the fear fighter manual" encourages us to take a leap of faith and curb doubt aside. Let's bring her in now to tell us how to do this. "New York Times" best selling author luvvie Ajayi Jones. Thank you so much for being here. Professial troublemaker. What is that? Thank you for having me. Okay. Don't cause too much trouble on the show today, but what are we talking about when we say a professional troublemaker? Yes. A professional troublemaker is committed to disrupting for the greater good. They're not haters. They're not contrarians or trolls. They're the person who sits in the meeting and tells you I don't know if that idea is great. They're the person who is sitting at the dinner table who tells your uncle, hey, that joke was inappropriate. I think we should not do that. They're the friend who says listen, we need to have a tough conversation. Professional troublemakers are Yeah. They change the world. You know, I love what you talk about fear. Anyone who has faced a big dose of it, I have, knows it can be one of two things. Either it can be crippling or motivating. I love what you said. You say this book is the middle finger to fear. How so? Absolutely. Fear is such a universal problem. We all feel it but there's so much guilt and shame that we attach to it. And for me, as somebody who shows up boldly, even I still face fear. I think about how three years ago I was asked to do a Ted talk and I turned it down twice because I was afraid I wasn't ready. I was afraid I was going to get on the stage and bomb. And finally, a friend of mine unue Jones Gibson loaned me courage. She was like you have to do this. And I did it, and this talk now has over 5 million views. Okay. Luvvie, you talk about fear and what you're supposed to do. People want to be disrupters and professional troublemakers but often we're sitting in a conference room or these days in a zoom meeting but you're in a building. You're in a place that you want to disrupt but it's the same place you depend on for your check. How do you balance that kind of fear when you're trying to be that kind of disrupter, but this is -- you still have to play some kind of game and be in a certain lane because you don't want to lose your job in a lot of cases. How do you balance that out? Yeah. I think we need to start thinking of what is the worst case scenario? What's the thing we're afraid of happening if we do or say the thing that feels hard. I want to give three questions to ask yourself when you want to say or do something that feels difficult. For me quantifying my decisions makes my life easier. Three questions -- do I mean it? Can I defend it? Can I say it thoughtfully? If you ask yourself all three of these things and the answer is yes, I say do it. Say it. Because your obligation in that room as a troublemaker, as a person who wants to elevate the room is to do hard things. I am -- we were all taking notes, Dr. Jen and I were. Luvvie Ajayi Jones, thank you so much for joining us today. We certainly appreciate it. We're motivated. Thank you for having me. Everyone charge forward. Do that thing afraid. . I love it. All right. Everyone, pick up a copy of professional troublemaker." Luvvie, can you come back

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