Leaning into Discomfort

Asking uncomfortable questions is tough.

Leaning into discomfort and following up with more uncomfortable questions is tougher.

In the clip above, David Bowie asked his interviewer from MTV why there’s so few black artists on the network. And he continually follows up, initially the interviewer clearly giving a BS answer. Eventually, the interviewer revealing that MTV thinks it will lose white viewers if they play black artists.

I’m great at asking the initial uncomfortable question. But I usually stop at the first answer even if I’m not satisfied. Leaning into discomfort in difficult conversations is a point of improvement for me.

November 11, 2022

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