What I Believe

A quoteblog by Umar Hadi

December 30, 2013 at 1:25am
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"The Type" by Sarah Kay

If you grow up the type of woman men want to look at,
you can let them look at you. But do not mistake eyes for hands.

Or windows.
Or mirrors.

Let them see what a woman looks like.
They may not have ever seen one before.

If you grow up the type of woman men want to touch,
you can let them touch you.

Sometimes it is not you they are reaching for.
Sometimes it is a bottle. A door. A sandwich. A Pulitzer. Another woman.

But their hands found you first. Do not mistake yourself for a guardian.
Or a muse. Or a promise. Or a victim. Or a snack.

You are a woman. Skin and bones. Veins and nerves. Hair and sweat.
You are not made of metaphors. Not apologies. Not excuses.

If you grow up the type of woman men want to hold,
you can let them hold you.

All day they practice keeping their bodies upright—
even after all this evolving, it still feels unnatural, still strains the muscles,

holds firm the arms and spine. Only some men will want to learn
what it feels like to curl themselves into a question mark around you,

admit they do not have the answers
they thought they would have by now;

some men will want to hold you like The Answer.
You are not The Answer.

You are not the problem. You are not the poem
or the punchline or the riddle or the joke.

Woman. If you grow up the type men want to love,
You can let them love you.

Being loved is not the same thing as loving.
When you fall in love, it is discovering the ocean

after years of puddle jumping. It is realizing you have hands.
It is reaching for the tightrope when the crowds have all gone home.

Do not spend time wondering if you are the type of woman
men will hurt. If he leaves you with a car alarm heart, you learn to sing along.

It is hard to stop loving the ocean. Even after it has left you gasping, salty.
Forgive yourself for the decisions you have made, the ones you still call

mistakes when you tuck them in at night. And know this:
Know you are the type of woman who is searching for a place to call yours.

Let the statues crumble.
You have always been the place.

You are a woman who can build it yourself.
You were born to build.

September 9, 2013 at 6:05am
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An Ode to Creative Work

Behind every great advancement, in every industry, there is a creative mind. Creativity may come easy, but creation is hard. The late nights spent trying, and failing, and trying again.

All the while, holding onto our vision. Pushing what we see in our mind’s eye into the world.

But our potential is being held captive by forces around us and within us.

Middle men who play us down while marking us up. Not giving us credit. Getting us to work for free.

And worse, we get in the way of our own success. We rely on chance encounters. We’re disorganized and isolated, liable to go unnoticed.

We can do better.

When creative minds come together, the sum exceeds all expectations. We connect, we learn, we critique, we prosper. 

It’s not about money or fame, it’s about doing what we love. It’s about creating our greatest work on our own terms. It’s about realizing that creativity is not just an opportunity – it’s a responsibility. 

Here’s to unleashing our full potential. For us, and for the world that awaits what we will do next; Take creative control.

April 26, 2013 at 10:27pm
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Sheryl Sandberg speaks at the HBS W50 Summit

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Inside Islam: What a Billion Muslims Really Think

February 24, 2013 at 1:49pm
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Baseball in the Time of Cholera

February 6, 2013 at 10:36am
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What if Money Was No Object

January 28, 2013 at 12:17am
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Jonathan Fields interviews Susan Cain at World Domination Summit 2012

January 23, 2013 at 10:04pm
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Helsinki University Library

January 19, 2013 at 4:07pm
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Who’s Better? Engineers or Scientists?

December 26, 2012 at 12:42am
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From Tarim to Granada