Luvvie Ajayi Jones is an internationally-recognized speaker with a highly popular TED Talk, Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable, which has over 4.8 million views and has been transcribed into 22 languages). She has appeared on stages all over the world including Barbados, France, Ireland, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Kenya, South Africa, and Spain to name a few. She’s been a featured speaker at noted conferences such as: Cannes Lions, SXSW, Leadercast, 3% Conference, MAKERS Conference. Luvvie has also spoken at some of the world’s most innovative and disruptive brands, such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Spotify, Nike, Bank of America, Deloitte, and Clif Bar.

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  • Work to be the lead domino… Be the first to start a movement
  • Nigerian elder stateswoman — Her grandmother serves as her compass… She had to get to the point where she didn’t care what people thought.
  • Oriki — It ties you to your lineage – “Whose are you”
    • It serves to remind you of your power, who you belong to
  • TED Talk — Luvvie turned it down twice… She was afraid she wasn’t ready for the TED stage. She didn’t want to squander the opportunity
    • “Everybody’s not you” — “The night before the talk, I’m trying to memorize it. I got on stage and it just poured out of me.”
    • A week later, the TED team wanted to feature her talk
    • “Getting comfortable being uncomfortable.” — It changed her life
  • “I felt convicted to write because of how big the issue of fear is.”
  • “Being the challenger means you are going to be challenged. You must be clear on who you are.”
  • Work with intention… Hold yourself to higher standards
  • Create a “life board of directors”
    • They must be honest, loving, but not ‘yes’ people
    • Surround yourself with people that tell you when you’re wrong
  • Be a domino
    • Don’t wait for permission. Don’t wait for someone else’s action
  • Have a bias for action – Have a “stubborn commitment to take action”
  • Writing – “I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I had an inner conviction to keep doing it.”
  • “We have a feat of a phantom consequence.”
  • Excellence =
    • Deep belief in self
    • Continuously learning – “Don’t call yourself an expert”
    • Be a forever student
    • Always aim to be better
  • Life advice – “Figure out where you can make an impact in your space. Figure out what you’d like to do and what you’re good at.”
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