Elizabeth Pisani – Getting Practical and Speaking Up

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day, March 24th, I’m dedicating this post to public health thought leader Elizabeth Pisani. Ada Lovelace Day is an international day to honor women leaders in science and technology.

Pisani is inspiring me today for speaking the truth about her findings even if what works is morally or politically unpopular.

We could all stand to think about where we’re just being agreeable when we know it’s not helping matters. At work maybe?

In Pisani’s case, she is talking about what really happens when it comes to global HIV prevention, beyond what you’d expect. For a sampling, check out this video about her book, The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS.

Where Are You Falling into Old Traps Instead of Speaking the Truth?

Where are you sacrificing what’s practical in order to fit in or follow some illogical tradition? At work? At family events? In your job search?

C’mon, we all do it somewhere. Two examples you might recognize:

  • Are you still thinking that same ol’ résumé is how you’ll get a job? (It probably won’t! See The Anti-Résumé Revolution.)
  • Is it time to say “No” to something that just isn’t you?

If you’re feeling stuck but you know you have to do something different, here are two things that have helped me take many needed steps outside my comfort zone:

  1. Getting the help of a coach. (What is coaching?)
  2. Listening to this audiobook: Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway.
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