Nicki Minaj is being cancelled.
On Twitter recently she posted a couple of comments about the Experimental Drug We Shall Not Name.
One of those comments was, not sure if I’ll take it, more research needed.
One was, hey look this happened to a friend of my cousin’s, so if you take it make sure it’s the right decision.
One was, think about it, pray on it, make sure you’re making your own decision.
In an Instagram Live soon after, Minaj said she will never be going on Twitter again. She then went on to talk about the necessity of asking good questions, and of the Western culture of mobbing people who don’t comply with the Zeitgeist’s groupthink. She pointed out several instances in history where this has happened, including recent history for black women.
Realistically, Minaj is a highly competent consumer.
She was engaged in her own research. She was asking good questions. She was encouraging others to make a decision based on clarity, certainty, and personal confidence.
This is the kind of competence you see in a skilled content creator:
- Willing to do the research
- Willing to think, ponder, sleep on it before making a decision, even if that takes time (and even in the face of team pressure to do otherwise)
- Willing to speak with others about the process
- Willing to encourage team members to follow the same process.
It’s an unfortunate fact that business velocity is often very high. Thinking time, pondering time, is denigrated as a waste.
In fact, six minutes of thinking can save you six weeks of work.
As far as Nicki Minaj goes, she’s doubling down and being vocal about the dangers of cancel culture. She pointed out that most stars aren’t courageous enough to back themselves the way she is.
Take a lesson from this woman:
If you’re good at what you do, have enough self esteem to recognise it, and are filled with heart, nobody can destroy you or what you do. It’s frightening, but it’s not world-ending.
So take the time.
Ask the questions.
This is why I coach content athletes to find the right questions, to drill down into the heart and soul of their practise.
Only by being pushed to face the things you’re uncomfortable with can you remove your limitations and grow.
The content athletes I coach are writers, storytellers, researchers, marketers, speakers, consultants.
Maybe you’re one of them? Reply now to discover if you are.
Leticia “question everything” Mooney
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