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Why make waves?

I just got an e-mail from a reader who wonders why it is even worth it to stick her neck out there if the pushback is so forceful.

If you are a mustang, you are a mustang.

I spent half of my career trying to figure out what I was doing wrong. Was there some sort of playbook that I didn’t get the day I was filling out forms in human resources? Some sort of behavioral code that would have told me how to blend in? I can see the codebook now: “A-team employees are sure to abide, acquiesce, accommodate, and agree. Be a team player by believing, blending, bending, bowing, and buying in. See how you might comply, confer, conform, and concur.” No, I never did get my obedience training. What I got was some natural instinct for going boldly
where a lot of people wouldn’t go, for shaking things up and wondering why the status quo wasn’t more appreciative of all my good ideas and honest efforts. I spent a lot of years wallowing in low self-esteem and feeling like an outsider. A misfit. But, I wasn’t a misfit. I was a mustang!If the math doesn’t add up, mustang women don’t pretend it does.

If the emperor has no clothes, we are the ones who mention that he’s naked. We blow whistles when we see injustice. A teacher is mean to your child, and you aren’t going to stand for it. Your insurance company rejects a claim, and you appeal it because you know they are banking that you’ll get frustrated and quit. You get lousy service from a
salesperson, and you dare to say something. We all have lapses when we feel intruded upon and say nothing, but at least we are aware of it and try to honor ourselves enough to push for what is just when we’ve been pushed too far. We are strong, bold women who behave like wild mustang horses who join and leave their herds at will as they roam free on the range. We’ll run with the herd when it takes us where we think we should be going, but we’ll split off and travel in another direction if it calls us.

Fawn Germer is the best-selling author of four books and speaks to corporations and organizations about courages and creative leadership strategies.

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