Posts by Devi Clark

Devi Clark is the founder of the Outsiders’ Network [www.outsidersnetwork.com/tb], a community where people transform the pain of feeling different into the courage to change the world. She also runs NewLeaf, for people who want to make an ethical career change into the non-profit sector.

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When You Don’t Fit In: The Value of Being Different

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

When I was ten, my blonde, blue-eyed best friend gave me a label.

“I never thought I’d make friends with anyone brown,” she said. She was clearly embarrassed by her revelation and had summoned the courage to own up.

I was dumbstruck for a moment. I never really thought of myself as brown, or indeed, as anything. I was just me.

Then, wanting to get us both out of this awkward situation, and thinking of how my Sri Lankan mother would compliment my beautiful golden brown skin, I …