Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.
– Carol Moseley-Braun
I would like to dissect what exactly it means to marginalize an individual or a group of individuals. To marginalize a group is to effectively relegate a person or group of person’s as being unimportant or inferior, often times resulting in the dismissal of their perspectives and or sentiment toward a certain topic or subject area. Often times this marginalization leads to the continual alienation and stifling of the individual or group of individuals. When it comes to victims of societal marginalization often times the victim resembles an individual who deviates from traditional professions and or activities, in academia often times these are your individuals who major in fine and performing arts and or visual arts, in a professional space it is those individuals who posses the fortitude and innovation to challenge and foster “risky” entrepreneurial ventures. During their anti conformist paths typically these individuals are inundated with questions that are similar to “when are you going to find an actual profession”, or challenged by cynics who state that “there is no space for the individual to become successful in the particular market”. Well I challenge those creative minds and anomalous individuals to continue to cultivate their creative spirits, strive to pursue the most success you can attain, and be comfortable in your person. It is clear you have identified your passion and are willing to invest the necessary energy to achieve in that particular space, so do that. To those creative voices, continue to become the best serial entrepreneur possible, embrace your inner social advocate, and become a megaphone for the voiceless. I urge those that have the desire to represent those who are underrepresented to accept the challenge, and constantly reinforce that at the end of the day you are the author of your own personal dictionary, meaning you define yourself.