In Conversation with Eunique Jones Gibson
In You Deserve the Truth: Change the Stories that Shaped Your World and Build a World-Changing Life, award-winning media maker and social critic Erica Williams Simon shares her truth to inspire a generation, teaching how to use the power of story to ask critical questions and build bold, new lives.
Behind the social media smiles, many people in their twenties and thirties are living frustrating lives: overwhelmed and exhausted by the gap between their realities and the image they are expected to project to the world. Erica Williams Simon recognized that this generational malaise was a recipe for disaster, one that she was experiencing firsthand.
At twenty-seven, she abruptly walked away from a high profile career as a rising political media star. She stepped off the “treadmill to nowhere” to find her own truth, unpacking the advice and cultural norms that had shaped her life as she knew it. Along the way she became “story smart,” was finally able to reject the lies that society had taught her, and rewrote a brand new values-driven narrative that has helped her create a life worth living.
You Deserve the Truth is a masterclass in how to challenge the stories surrounding fear, work, money, identity, success, faith, and love that millions have unconsciously adopted. Each chapter includes the heroic and heartbreaking lessons learned from Erica’s journey and during her tenure inside the highest levels of politics, media, and tech.
Part memoir, part self-help, You Deserve the Truth provides a blueprint for anyone seeking a new way to live; one that is authentic, empowered, and ultimately world changing.
Erica Williams Simon is an award-winning content creator, TV host, and social critic. She is the head of The Creator’s Lab at Snapchat, host of the popular podcast, The Call with Erica, an advisor for NPR’s Generation Listen, and cocreator and host of the digital talk show, The Assembly. A committed civil and human rights advocate and preacher’s daughter for life, Erica is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper and resides in sunny Los Angeles, California. Find her on Twitter @createdbyerica and Instagram @missewill.
Eunique Jones Gibson is a creative powerhouse for good. Currently the founder and publisher of Because of Them We Can™, an award-winning campaign and platform that reaches 60MM people per month with custom and curated content that extracts and amplifies the good on a daily basis. She also works with brands and agencies to create (and direct) relatable campaigns and projects through a culturally relevant and responsible lens. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.
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