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Overcoming Stereotypes

Don’t live up to the stereotypes that society labels you with, live up to your own potential!

A stereotype is a set idea about a particular type of person or thing, and they can be highly damaging to our sense of self and self-esteem.

Are stereotypes damaging concepts?

Yes.

Stereotypes have always been a prevalent part of society, and it can often feel like they are being shoved in our faces as we are reminded of them so often. However, stereotypes are always oversimplified and therefore we must not consider them as truth!

So, with that said, can stereotypes be overcome?

Yes!

Today, we aim to help you discover ways to overcome stereotypes. This can be achieved by broadening our thought processes and identifying actions that we can take to lay the foundations for a positive, forward trajectory in our lives.

A trajectory that is not limited by shallow stereotypes, but one that is empowered by self-belief and positive action towards our goals.

And now, let us break it down:

Overcoming Stereotypes

1. Stereotypes are not true.

First, you must recognize that stereotypes are a mass over generalization and fail to capture the truth. They fail to recognize us as the brilliant, unique individuals that we all are.

To live your life according to what society tells you that you’re capable of, is to limit the true potential that exists inside of you.

Break away from false narratives, and let’s be excited about creating your own, personal truth.

2. Love yourself when you view yourself.

‘We must reject not only the stereotypes that others have of us but also those that we have of ourselves.’ – Here is an inspirational message from Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman voted into the United States Congress in 1968.

She viewed herself as capable. She knew that she was good enough.

Love yourself. Fact check bias’s by educating yourself on your culture and be proud that you can positively contribute to it.

A powerful way in which you can create a positive perspective when you view yourself is to set goals and work hard towards them.

What better way to love yourself than to work towards being your best self?

3. Who do YOU want to be?

‘Stereotypes do exist, but we have to walk through them’ – Forest Whitaker.

Here are a few things that are far more powerful than stereotypes:

- Imagination

- Pursuing personal interests

- Education

- Goal setting

If you are focused and are working towards something that YOU want to achieve, no stereotype can stop you.

If somebody views you through a perspective that is defined by stereotypical assumptions, no bother. It happens. What can you do about it?

Well, you can watch that stereotype dissolve into nothing as you trample over it, while on your personal pursuit of excellence. Excellence that is defined by YOU.

Go. Be who you want to be.

4. Respect people from all walks of life.

‘I’ve never concerned myself with labels, what matters to me is my own estimation’ – Jean Dujardin.

It is important to show respect and kindness to other people, from all walks of life.

Everybody has their own story to tell. Everybody has their own story they wish to create.

If we can love and uplift each other with support, encouragement and belief in each other’s capabilities, then we can do our part to help to create a better and more united world.

Encourage others to break through stereotypical barriers.

If you must judge another, judge them by the content of their character and not by the social category in which they are placed.

Conclusion

‘See through the stereotypes, which were made through a lack of information’ – Bill Burr.

You are in control of the information that paints your own story.

Stereotypes are not true, and they are powerless if you choose to take control of your own life. Take control of your own narrative by working hard, promoting a positive lifestyle and being kind and respectful to others, as well as yourself.

You are far more than a stereotype.

Who do you want to be?

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