1. Enjoy yourself the rest will follow
Ramsey was working her a whole other job when she went viral. She was making videos for fun and not fighting to be an influencer, activist, or famous. Remember that your journey should be enjoyable.
2. Sometimes the conversation just isn’t worth it
Ramsey shares an awesome story about trying to sit down and reason with someone who was trolling her and how it all backfired. She left the situation more stressed and upset than she entered it.
3. Put yourself in someone else’s shoes
This one is a tad cliche but it is an important lesson especially coming from someone working in on the Internet. Franchesca learned this after meeting Lena Dunham in person after being a harsh critique via the Internet. Discourse is okay, being evil is not.
4. Your big break might be smaller opportunities and not one giant leap
Most of us think of making it and living the dream as waking up as Beyonce one day. But Franchesca’s story reminded me that slow and steady can change your entire life.
5. We all need our own “Activist Lent”
Sometimes we need to say goodbye to things that cause us stress. Whether it be Game of Thrones like Franchesca or misogynistic hip hop, Kanye West, or anything else removing something that causes you emotional distress has to go even if it is just for a little while.
Have you read Well, That Escalated Quickly? Let me know in the comments and if not check it out on Amazon.
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12 thoughts on “5 Lessons I learned in Franchesca Ramsey’s Memoir – Well, That Escalated Quickly: Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist”
Love the advice of small opportunities can be a big break. Makes so much sense in any industry.
Thanks fort sharing! #4 is so key. We are striving to attain some level of success, but we have to remember it takes time and it might no look like how we envision. Definitely thinking about picking up this book.
I love this; I think sometimes we are so hell bent on living our best life that we forget to have fun in the process, so her first rule may be the most important! Also, I love a good book, so I’ll definirely have to check her out!
I don’t know who Franchesca Ramsey is, but her advice is sound (and I’m tempted to read her book now). I love number 2. She is so right–sometimes the conversation isn’t worth it. There are some people that you will never convince, some people that will never even try to see the other side. Walk away. Don’t engage. It’s just not worth it.
She’s done some really great work about social issues with MTV on her show Decoded you could probably find online! But I loved this book
I actually haven’t heard of Francesca Ramsey until now! But her book sounds amazing! She definitely seems like a gal who knows what she’s talking about…all great advice!
-Madi xo | http://www.everydaywithmadirae.com
Thank you for sharing what you learned from her book. I’ve been wanting to read her story. One lesson that you mentioned that stood out to me is “enjoy yourself and the rest will follow”! Sometimes we get so caught up in the end goal that we forget to enjoy ourselves in the process!
These are some great tips! I especially love how you pointed out our big break may be smaller opportunities. Its easy to miss that if one isnt paying attention!
Even if I have never read her book I knew about these advices and I think they are very important. From the first to the last!
I love this! Haven’t read the book but what you said is so true
This is the best kind of book to read. One that leaves you thinking about it after you’ve read it. Better still, is if the book has left you with lessons of life. Going to try to get this book. Sounds like a great read.
I’ve seen this in stores and the cover has always interested me. this sounds great!