57. Why Inclusion & Belonging Starts within YOU with Travis Robinson

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Everyone wants to feel included and like they belong.


You have the power to belong regardless of what anyone else says.


In today's episode, we hear from Travis Robinson, Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at Spotify!


We'll answer questions such as:

  • How can I create an environment of inclusion and belonging for myself and others?

  • What is the difference between happiness and joy?

  • Why is it important to set boundaries?

  • How can I prioritize myself?


“There is power behind inclusion and belonging for yourself. Belonging starts within you”

You need to believe that you belong wherever you are and wherever you're going. Regardless of anyone (including society as a whole) who tells you that you don't belong. Be firm in knowing you that you DO.


Of course it's important to surround yourself with people and companies who are showing their inclusion and diversity, but you need to believe it for yourself so you aren't relying on others to tell you where you belong.


“The things that spark you joy should connect to your purpose.”




Joy is knowng who you are and being PROUD of what you're doing. Your purpose and your joy and not the same thing, however, they are very connect with one another.



Joy is long term and sticks with you because it is part of your being. We define purpose as when you feel enriched and full with the things that bring you joy because they are intertwined with what your life's purpose is.





“It’s so easy losing yourself fighting for everyone else”

You've heard it before and you're hearing it again because this point is just SO important. You need to take care of yourself to take care of others. Process your life's trauma, take care of your mental and physical self, make sure your cup is being filled before you go full force into giving yourself to the needs of others.



The airplane analogy is always perfect for this topic. The flight attendants tell you to put

on your oxygen mask before you help others in an emergency. Why do they say this?

Because you can't help others if you're not taking care of your own needs first.



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Travis L. Robinson is a people and brand evangelist, specializing in curating connections and experiences for diversity, equity and belonging.


Travis is Co-Founder and Chief Evangelist Officer of Zeal Culture, The 12th Avenue Agency, and Belonging. At Monday - a collective of brand development, thought leadership and talent engagement organizations focused on underrepresented communities.



In addition, he currently serves as Global Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging for Spotify.


Connect with Travis!

Twitter: @travislrobinson | instagram: @travis.l.robinson | website: www.travislinardrobinson.com

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