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How Unemployment Became The Ruby In My Life: Tabitha Sindani (Transcript)

Here is the full transcript of Tabitha Sindani’s talk titled “How Unemployment Became The Ruby In My Life” at TEDxRuhrUniversityBochum conference.

In this TEDx talk, Tabitha Sindani shares her journey through unexpected unemployment and how it led to significant personal growth and opportunities. She begins by expressing the stark contrast between her high-level international engagements and her jobless reality, emphasizing the unpredictability of life. Tabitha reflects on three key lessons: the intrinsic nature of value and identity, the presence of opportunities in one’s current situation, and the joy found in serving others.

She recounts how her unemployment drove her to start a mentorship program for high school girls, which unexpectedly opened doors to prestigious opportunities like the African Union Commission job and scholarships. Tabitha’s story is intertwined with her mother’s, who, despite limited education, became a champion for others’ education, inspiring Tabitha’s service-oriented mindset.

She concludes by advocating for embracing life’s unexpected turns, finding intrinsic value, and seizing opportunities present in one’s current situation. Tabitha’s message is one of hope and empowerment, emphasizing the transformative power of adversity into valuable life lessons.

Listen to the audio version here:


Embracing Life’s Unpredictability

I’m the kind of person who loves to have all my ducks in a row. Being a type-A personality, I function well with vision boards and plans. In fact, I am overly obsessed with timelines. But over the years, it has taken me quite a long time to understand a very basic, simple fact: life is not linear.

And it takes many twisted turns. Despite having all my visions, plans, and timelines, things don’t always go as planned. So instead of having all my ducks in a row, all I seem to be having are squirrels at a rave. And that’s just the reality. And this is the story of my life.

I always wanted to become a medical doctor when I was growing up. But that dream was long cut short when I terribly failed much in high school. It was just never my thing. And I was quite devastated that I would never become a doctor.

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