Why You Are Lucky To Be You

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, CEO of Grassroot Diplomat, looks into a fascinating level of discrimination one can be born with.

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, CEO of Grassroot Diplomat

Talyn Rahman-Figueroa, CEO of Grassroot Diplomat

I read a lot of motivational blogs to help me push through the grind, many of which talk about the need to work hard to get what you want out of life. If you were to think critically, much of our success isn’t always down to our own efforts but on the conditions in which we are born– something that is completely beyond our control and often out of our thoughts.

Your birth is the start to greatness

You can’t choose your sexual orientation at birth or decide what ethnicity you would like to be. You can’t choose your birth parents and you can’t choose the conditions of your surroundings. Sometimes, people aren’t unlucky with where they end up but as humans, it is our ultimate test to strive for the best against all odds. You may be lucky because you were born into an environment that meets your daily human needs. You may be lucky because the colour of your skin may not hinder your opportunities in society. You may be lucky because your gender does not systematically discriminate against you. You may be lucky because you never had to think about how your gender, ethnicity or your location had hindered your accomplishments in life.  

Challenging beyond borders

As a grassroot diplomat, we consider the opportunities of all people who may not always be as lucky as we are, beyond all borders, nationalities and conditions. Yet as a grassroot diplomat, it is our challenge to ensure that the basic needs of those who are unlucky are represented by those who are lucky in life. Those who are fortunate must be reminded of their luck but also support those who could be on their way to great things.

Breaking the mould

We, at Grassroot Diplomat, break the traditional mould of diplomacy by looking at missions through the lens of civil society. With various changes in government, the rise in social tensions and challenges made by civil society, we focus on improving public diplomacy activities and strengthening community relations so that diplomatic missions positively and effectively represent their country and people.

After a few years of development, Grassroot Diplomat is now ready to offer public diplomacy consultancy to help diplomats and embassies to improve the communication, organisation and management skills of their missions. We work to challenge stereotypes and misconceptions, refocusing missions back to the interest of the people, whether they were lucky or unlucky with the original conditions of their birth.

Practicing modesty in privileged positions

As a British woman from a working class background, I consider myself lucky to have hard-working parents who ensured I received the best education. Now as the CEO of Grassroot Diplomat, I hope to serve you so that you can serve your people and practice modesty within positions of privilege where your people look up to you.

This quarter is an important step for the organisation in helping the diplomatic community move forward and I hope that you will continue to engage with us to ensure that others are just as lucky as we are.