It's time to ditch the 'diversity backpack'

I’ve never run a marathon, but it looks really hard. The only thing harder would be running a marathon with a giant heavy backpack on. Imagine running a marathon with an extra 50kgs on board! It would slow down your every step, you’d burn energy faster and tire quicker; basically everything would be a load more difficult for you than it is for all the other runners around you.


Are you exhausted just thinking about it? Yeah, me too.

Yet we are unknowingly asking people to achieve this feat every single day.


I attended Mental Health Training years ago and the trainer asked the group to ponder this, and I’ll ask you to do the same now:


You’ve been asked to deliver a speech in front of 1000 people on a topic you’ll be provided when you get on stage.


  1. How do you feel?

  2. What is running through your mind as you wait in the wings?

  3. What physical symptoms are you experiencing?


Most people will respond with some version of:


  1. terrified

  2. nope, I don’t want to do this

  3. shakes, nausea, racing heart, sweaty hands and the need to have a good old nervous wee.


She closed the exercise by explaining th