Image is powerful. Just ask Cameron Russell and she’ll tell you how her slender and tall figure, and being white, gives her certain privileges and free stuff. By the way, she’s a Victoria Secrets supermodel. Image is powerful because it dictates how people treat you—whether they are conscious of it or not. The image you project—whether you are conscious of it or not, or whether you choose to or not—determines how you experience your life.
I don’t mean to be superficial, but how you dress, behave, and project yourself can be a big factor to your success. And if you are a minority, dark-skinned, short, small, and with a thick English accent? A deck of crap has been stacked against you.
You must, therefore, assert yourself. Even angry at times. You must look tough and unintimidated, because people will treat you like crap. Sometimes, people will be dismissive of you. Sometimes, people will not take you seriously. They will mock you. And if you have a doctorate degree? You have to prove it. You have to help a dying man in an emergency situation at some airport to be recognized as a legit professional.
As a professor and a counselor, I have to constantly prove to others that I really am a professor. And when I say others, I mean colleagues and fellow professionals. Can you blame us when we get emotional and take things personally? No. We have a valid reason to be angry.
Image is powerful. And when it’s working against us, we must be assertive of our rights to be treated as equal human beings; meaning, we must act powerful. And if like me, you are either an immigrant, dark-skinned, or small—then you must show the world that you are powerful. Your dignity and integrity as a human being gives you the right to be powerful. And your determination and will to survive makes you powerful.
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