“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, ….” Shirley Chisholm

“You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.” Shirley Chisholm

I remember when I started working at London South Bank University as a security guard, and I noticed some of the other guards were always complaining about different issues about the Manager or University not considering their needs. I think as I was the youngest female security at the time, a lot of my colleagues did not like my view on life and also, I was new.

I stated in one meeting that I do not want to waste one-hour complaining or lecturing when it should be a training hour.

Yes, you think is right, most of my Colleagues were about to beat me with words. But the Manager at that time had seen the potential in me and the difference I could make in the University, and they offered me the opportunity to work at the Accommodation site. Even then when I started there, I treated the Students mostly as I was their mother, friend and adviser. I didn’t do it to get their sympathy or love, but I understood to love my Job, I need to change the view of Work and create a beautiful environment.

Melanin women sitting at the table and looking to the left

So that is why I implemented this quote into my life. Life can only be sweet and beautiful if we change our attitude towards it and see it in a different view. I am not saying that if we have a problem we should see it as a problem, no, I’m saying if there is a problem we should find different solutions to resolve it, and if it can’t be changed by others, we should change our mindset to it and work towards improving it ourselves.

For example, I was on Jobseeker allowance when I first moved to the UK in 2006, I was so angry that they never offered me something to upskill my CV and all the training they sent me to was really an insult to people who had had a good education history but were maybe facing difficult times. I knew then I needed to change and do something different, so I started going to college and worked at night as a German speaker in a Call centre, and as small the money was at that time, I did not stop. There were days I wouldn’t sleep at all, but I knew I needed to do it, so I don’t end up on benefits. At that time my key worker in the hostel where I lived was astonished that I had just lived there for 6 months and was already moving out, had paid my rent and had two qualifications under my belt.

Throughout my short life, I’ve had problems after problems, but I have tried to change each one by doing what I love to do and change my view to it. I am not sure what you are going through at the moment and what you are doing about it, but I want to let you know that your view and mindset to the problem is what will help change it.

Start Your Week with a different Mindset and view to life.