This interview with singer Lorde from Rookie is almost a year old, but I was recently thinking about some advice that she shared.
The whole interview is well worth a read (Lorde and Tavi Gevinson, her interviewer, are two of the coolest ladies out there) but this quote from Lorde really resonated:
“I’m actually a super non-confrontational person, and I hate having to assert myself. I find it difficult and really awkward. But the way I see it is, it’s 15 or 20 seconds of discomfort, and then a product that you are truly happy with. Which is a lot better than being like, “Dammit, why did I not speak up?” I just tell myself that the reward will be good, considering it’s usually just a small amount of stress.”
I have this quote saved to a folder on my laptop as a reminder to move past my nerves or discomfort and be assertive when it counts.