Jameela Jamil wants women to stop apologizing for 'being ambitious'

A Time magazine survey found that only 38% of women called themselves "very" or "extremely" ambitious, while 51% of men described themselves that way. It's not that women aren't ambitious, it's that women are less likely to own their ambitions. On top of that, many women are actively discouraged as soon as they show signs of wanting more than what they've been assigned to. But "The Good Place" actress and activist Jameela Jamil is not going to be one of those people who thinks you should say "sorry" anytime you dare to dream.

Jamil posted a photo taken at a Comic Con panel with an inspirational message that you might want to keep on hand the next time you're waffling about going for the gold.


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"TRYING IS WINNING. You're a hero for taking a chance on yourself whatever happens. And most people will be forever haunted by the words 'what if?' Don't be that person. Please just go for whatever it is that you love, if you have the slightest opportunity to. Rejection still means you were a legend for risking your pride being hurt; to put yourself out there. That takes SO much character. I've failed a million times, and I consider those as noble as my few big wins," Jamil wrote in her inspirational post.

Women say, "I'm sorry," way too much. We'd even apologize to a lamp because we walked into it. Saying "I'm sorry" is tantamount to saying "I messed up" but the thing is, you're not messing up when you admit you want more out of life.

Jamil called on women to stop apologizing for having personal goals, especially if those goals conflict with the so-called status quo. "Do not apologize for being ambitious and thinking outside the box you have been forced into by the people around you, or by society's stereotypes of your people. Rage against the machine and do not conform. Do not behave. Do not surround yourself with nay-sayers. No more 'can't.' No more 'shouldn't.' You can't win a game if you don't play. I'm not saying I'm the pinnacle of success. I'm just doing more than I was ever told I could. And I'm happy with that," Jamil continued.

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Jamil ended her post with #womendontbragenough; now can we please get the hashtag #womanbrag trending? Women have accomplished a lot, and we should be able to shout it from the rooftops without having to qualify it with, "I mean, it's dumb or whatever, never mind."

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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