Growing up and into adulthood, I always made friends with authority figures. Whether they were my teachers, my coaches, my directors, or my bosses. Building camaraderie and authentic relationships without caring about age or hierarchy just came naturally to me. Deep down, respect was something I knew I deserved just as much as they did. Because of the comfort level I tended to have with these folks, I never really ever felt intimidated when disagreements may have arisen. This mindset has allowed me to hold strong in challenging others to push beyond their fields of thought into new territory. It has allowed me to practice standing my ground and presenting my point of view towards inspiring others to shift their understandings towards opening and changing their minds. If we work together, I hope to challenge you and I hope you respect me enough to challenge me too because growth doesn’t happen without change.
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