One of my all-time favourite quotes is this total gem from Dr. Seuss:
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
And while it might be aimed at children, it’s just as useful for adults. Even when we break free of the social shackles of cliques and popularity contests after High School, that doesn’t mean that we automatically become comfortable with our uniqueness.
On some level, we all want to be liked. And loved. We all crave that connection with another person. Sometimes we fall into the trap of feeling that our real, authentic self is lacking in some way; that we need to hide parts of ourself in order to be accepted.
The paradox here is that you’re much more likely to make those kind of connections that you crave, by accepting those qualities within yourself that make you different to others.
The expression, “You’re one in a million” is commonly heard. But actually, you’re “one in 7.5 billion!”
7.5 billion people and there’s only one of you.
Sure, there’ll be people with similar looks, backgrounds, experiences and characteristics. But there’s no one quite like you.
The ideas, thoughts and concepts that you bring to the table are one-of-a-kind. No one else out of billions of people, could put these series of thoughts together, in this particular order, in this particular way.
So don’t waste your time, or your special qualities, trying to be like someone or something else.
Embrace what makes you different. Surrender to it. Use this. Share it.
You might even inspire others to do the same.