The President's Message 7/3/23

How can embracing imperfection and self-love empower BIPOC business leaders in their journey towards success?

Ms. Quadai Palmer

7/3/20232 min read

“Love yourself through it. Realize that you’re doing the best you can right now. Be open to improvising here and there, as necessary. Release any unhealthy relationship with being in total control. We’re being reminded that at the end of the day, we’re not in control.” — Lalah Delia

As a black female business leader, I have come to realize the immense power that lies in embracing imperfection. Lalah Delia's thought-provoking quote, "Love yourself through it. Realize that you're doing the best you can right now," resonates deeply with me and reflects the journey I have embarked upon.

In a world where expectations can often feel suffocating, particularly for marginalized individuals like myself, it is crucial to acknowledge that we are doing our best in the face of adversity.

We navigate a complex web of challenges, striving for success while battling systemic biases and societal limitations. Recognizing our efforts and cultivating self-love becomes an essential cornerstone of our resilience.

Delia's words also encourage us to be open to improvisation when necessary. In our pursuit of success, we often find ourselves confronted with unexpected obstacles or detours. The ability to adapt, innovate, and think on our feet becomes instrumental in overcoming these hurdles. It is through improvisation that we discover our true strength, creativity, and ability to thrive even in the face of uncertainty.

Equally important is releasing the unhealthy relationship with the need for total control. Society often perpetuates the myth that success is solely achieved through rigid control and meticulous planning. However, the reality is far more nuanced. True empowerment lies in our willingness to let go of the illusion of control and embrace the transformative power of surrender. It is in surrendering that we create space for growth, collaboration, and unforeseen opportunities.

Ultimately, Delia reminds us that we are not in control. This realization can be liberating. It is a reminder that we are part of something greater than ourselves—a collective, interconnected journey where we contribute our unique talents and experiences. It is in this understanding that we find solace, strength, and the inspiration to push beyond our limits.

So, fellow black female business leaders, let us heed Delia's wisdom. Let us love ourselves unconditionally, celebrate our imperfections, and honor the journey we are on. Let us embrace improvisation as a tool for innovation, and release our need for total control. In doing so, we will not only empower ourselves but also inspire change and pave the way for a more inclusive and compassionate world. Remember, dear leaders, we are doing the best we can, and that is more than enough.