What if I told you most of your natural peers are struggling single parents, caregivers for other adults in their lives, coping with crippling depression, partially disabled by autoimmune disorders, suffering from PTSD, or living in fear for their lives because of their gender or sexuality or skin color or the country on their passport?

What if I told you the only reason these things sound like outliers to you is because any of these conditions alone is enough to keep them from acing an interview? Or from being given the promotion they deserve. Or from being a loud, proud, confident member of the tech community. Or from being able or safe to travel to conferences. Or from feeling safe to take credit for their contributions in their organization.

If you see someone with any these challenges excelling, it’s not that their situation is unusual. They are the norm. The only part that is unusual is that you can see them at all.

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