Okay, so I know that my blogs have been SUPER serious so far, but I promise I’m not usually so boring and depressing. I wouldn’t say I’m super funny, but I’m certainly not serious all the time. Like, at all. I am actually a little too sarcastic for my own good, and I like to use my words (usually) to fight my battles, and while your tongue can get you in trouble, it can be the best way to get a point across.
I am a huge fan of Shonda Rhimes’ show Scandal on ABC. You may recognize her name from the creation of other great programs like Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, and more recently, How to Get Away with Murder. Her shows feature drama, action, comedy and everything in between. They are the perfect balance. Have I mentioned I love her shows? I do.
The lead character on Scandal, Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington) is a revelation. She worked her way to a prominent, but not political, position in Washington. She is interconnected, has friends and enemies, and is able to assert herself clearly, leaving no room for misunderstanding. Obviously, there are some aspects of Olivia’s character that we wouldn’t agree with, but we can learn some things from her.
So I’m taking a page out of the Britney Lewis book, and I will now present some of the lessons I’ve learned from Olivia Pope, in .GIF-and-caption form:
1. It’s okay to admit defeat.
It sucks to be wrong sometimes, and I used to have a big issue with admitting I was wrong. This is a pride issue – and Lord knows I still have plenty of it – but I’ve learned to understand that this is how you learn sometimes, even though you really just don’t want to.
2. At the same time, there are toxic people and situations to avoid.
What’s right for you is between you and God, and some people just aren’t gonna get it. Surround yourself a #SQUAD you can trust and grow with and SLAY.
3. Embrace your talents.
We’ve all got stuff we excel at, and you don’t have to shy away from it. If you’re the best at eating fast, use it! If you’re the best at forestalling, use it! Whatever it is, you can use it to your advantage, and for God’s glory.
4. Don’t be afraid to go straight to the top.
Got a problem or dream or vision or whatever no one wants to work with you on? Go above them. They won’t help you? Go above them. Keep looking for people who can help you who have some serious authority and will chase a dream with you. After all, they say connections are everything. In another sense, don’t be afraid to go to the VERY top with issues. Prayer is SO powerful and god won’t deny you or put you down.
5. Have confidence, and dress well.
That’s it for this week. Hope you all have great week and remember you can ask us any burning question on your mind!