Speak Up For Yourself If You Want to Succeed

The real key to success.

Abby Peeler
2 min readOct 4, 2020
Photo by Elliot Sloman on Unsplash

I’ve always been an introvert.

I remember many family get-togethers where I would follow around my sister, mother, or my Grandmother, just trying to blend in. Every social event played out like this, I would follow around my comfort zone as much as possible.

Then, I realized that sometimes you can’t do that. Sometimes, you have to go out and be your own voice.

This is one of the hardest things that I have had to confront as I have grown up.

I’ve always wanted to be a “listener.” I wanted to be able to hear other people’s stories — forgetting that I, too, have a story. Sometimes my story is important, too. Sometimes I have to step out of my shell and express that.

I see that my comfort zone has cost me many opportunities. It has stopped me from achieving my goals, too.

Some people don’t get the chance to use their voice, so you have to be ready to use yours. If you want to help people, you have to speak up. If you want to help yourself, the same is true.

It’s scarier to have “what ifs” than it is to have a rejection. The only way to solidify your future is by speaking up.

No one ever succeeded by being quiet. Your voice is what matters today.

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Abby Peeler

Journalism student at the University of Kansas | Ghosted in America Podcast Host