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GW028: Third Culture Kid (TCK):How to Embrace Your Global Identity and Make a Difference

Tayo Rockson


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TCKs, or Third Culture Kids, are world citizens. Their parents belong to a different country and in most situations they are brought up in different countries than their parents. This can sometimes make it difficult for TCKs to figure out their identity because of the nuances involved with all the different cultures they grow up in. They may look like one culture and sound like another and behave like another. Essentially their personalities and appearances don’t reflect one single culture, as they pick up things from everywhere they go. This all sounds like a big complex situation, but what if I told you that this isn’t such a bad thing – that it is in fact a great thing. Not being monocultural can lend itself to many advantages.

Tayo Rockson grew up in four different continents so he considers himself a citizen of the world. He has lived in Sweden, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Vietnam and the United States and his goal is to ultimately leave the world a better place than it was before he came into it.

Once he discovered that he was a Third Culture Kid (TCK) or someone who spent the formative part of his childhood years (0-18) outside of his parents’ culture, he vowed to use his global identity to make an impact in the world. He tells positive uplifting stories via different mediums and works with people of all sorts to help them become the best version of themselves.
Tayo is an untraditional visionary who has experience building and cultivating intercultural relationships and is constantly tweaking traditional conversations and looking for creative ways to solve problems.

A few TCKs we admire are: Arianna Huffington, Nikola Tesla, Sergey Brin..etc


New Life, Finding Oneself: Moving to a new country cultural shock and how Tayo learned to adjust to the lifestyle to fit in with the locals with different types of changes.

~ Appreciation for your experiences: Yes, even the most painful ones, this is what helps us to become who we are today…

~ Speaking of intramural sports join a sports league. Sports forms bonds across cultures like no other. You learn a lot about people and how to work together as a team. Both of which are great ways to learn how to connect with people.

~ Reverse Cultural Shock: what happens when you go back home from living abroad for a number of years…

~ Magic of Being Vulnerable: By being vulnerable Tayo was able to connect and open up others to embrace their own difference to make a DIFFERENCE.

~ Social Media Disruption: digital age is allowing many millennials to voice and create movement through the power of digital age, not using social media to control you

Read wide and far: Read everything from the classics to the Hunger Games. Everything from nonfiction to fiction. There is no telling what knowledge about the world you can gain just by reading different people’s perspectives manifested through protagonists and antagonist.

~ Start a blog/podcast: Tayo believes in using media for good and not allowing media to use us. One way to do this is to start a blog and share your opinion on something. Who knows maybe you’ll gain a following and make some more friends. People connect with stories and are influenced by the fact that they are not the only ones going through something where it’s good or bad. Speaking of using media for good. Why not podcast. It’s essentially radio on demand and you can do it anywhere in the world.

~ Third Culture Kid (TCK)Affect: although being third culture kid can be difficult at times, however many TCK feel it’s necessary for their growth and personal development.

~ Ideal Career Path for TCK: ideal career choices for TCK are: diplomacy, recruiting, teaching, change management, non-profits, digital nomad..etc

Use media to educate and build your brand: Everyone has the ability to become their own media company now, so why not become one. Start a website or blog and write about issues that you feel need to be talked about, or elaborate on a solution you feel will solve many problems. Connect it with your social media platforms; build an email list using family and friends initially as your audiences, and continually create content. The key here is consistency. 

~ Invest In Yourself: You can’t be a difference maker if you don’t put in the time to educate and develop yourself.


Tayo’s experience as a TCK allows him to be HUMBLE, see wide perspective, not everyone lives equalize, seeing what people are taking for granted.  This helps Tayo to become more appreciated of life and what he currently has at the same time being conscious on ways to help and make an impact on others.

Giving Warriors means…

Giving Warrior means someone who understand that giving is not material, has many different forms and comes from the heart. Setting examples for others, live life the right way, respect others, giving back society through your every kind action.


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho



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