BOOKS TO READ WHEN YOU NEED THAT EXTRA PUSH!
SLAY IN YOUR LANE
YOMI ADEGOKE AND ELIZABETH UVIEBINENE
“I found myself nodding in agreement at various points while reading ‘Slay in Your Lane’. An example is when Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock explained that her choice of tactic in work situations is to take an ‘educative approach’. I nodded, as I too – in similar situations – have chosen to educate people who are often confused by my presence in certain (academic and policy) spaces. Dr. Aderin-Pocock used the example of when she studied for her PhD and was mistaken for a secretary. She did not get mad at being called a secretary – as she stated clearly ‘there’s nothing wrong with being a secretary’ – but the assumption that because she was Black and a woman she could not be anything else. Her response, ‘Oh no, you’re mistaken, I’m not secretary at all, I got my degree at Imperial and now I’m doing my PhD’. Dr. Aderin-Pocock chose to educate so that the next time someone sees a woman like her in an academic space (and I would say any other space), their first response is not one of confusion or uncertainty, but one of realisation that there are many black women that can occupy any space – from academia to politics to film-directing.”
“She speaks to the struggle of developing our dreams and our work ethic, which we can all relate to, whether we’re chipping away at a Ph.D. or building a brand. What Amoruso also does so flawlessly is leave the reader with the realization that our work can and should be rewarding at all stages, regardless of the dollars in our bank accounts or the external success of our ventures.”
Much of self-help literature is about pursuing our destiny, but dreams do not always pull us along; they speak persistently but quietly, and it does not take much effort to smother the inner voices. Who is willing to risk comfort, routine, security and existing relationships to follow something that to others looks like a mirage? It takes courage, and dog-eared, stained copies of Coelho’s classic have become the constant companion of people who need to make fearless decisions daily to keep true to a larger vision.
WORKING ON A DREAM
Working on a Dream: Lessons in Life and Business is a manual for living and working that draws on a myriad of experiences and observations. It shines a light on the numerous landmines that are in the path of an entrepreneur and anyone who has ever wanted to pursue a dream. Most of all, it dissects many of the interesting, and often, unanswered questions that life throws at us in our daily endeavours.