Be different - Shedding the fear to be yourself

Be different - Shedding the fear to be yourself

Let me guess…you don’t believe you can be you and be successful…I’m talking the REAL you.  The you, that likes to wear goofy socks, or loves to eat Candy Corn for breakfast.  I’m here to tell you that it’s time to release the REAL you!

Don't be afraid of being a little different.  Dr. Seuss said it best, "You have to be odd to be number one."  After spending much of my young life trying to fit in with clothes, interests, and systematically changing everything about myself in order to assimilate with my peers, I now know that it was just a waste of time.   Being part of the crowd will get you a big fat dose of mediocrity.  If you are afraid to stand out, how in the world will anyone know why you should be the "ONE?"

This one lesson is one I wish I could go back and whisper in my ear at age 8 or 9.  As the biggest kid in class I was constantly stressed out.  I wanted so badly to be just like my friends and kids I wished were my friends.  I wanted to be cool.  As a big, clumsy kid, with huge feet I was goofy as all get out.  It is a big part of why my sense of humor has been sharped over the years.  If I could get people to laugh, even by poking fun at myself, I would feel part of the group.  That’s not a skill I would give up for the world. However, I spent so much time worrying about being different, it would eventually grow into a painful case of deep self-loathing.  My self-deprecating jokes, while great to warm-up a crowd, became facts in my mind.  That pain is what I would like to take away.

In fact, that is the message that I want to share with you today.

Being different is good.  Hell it's GREAT!

Those that stand alone in all their uniqueness ae the ones that triumph.  They are the ones that change history.  The individuals that celebrate what makes them different are my heroes.

If at work, at home, or alone in your mind, stop the worrying about being different.

Be you!  Love what you do differently and find where you can be successful!  Life is too short to crowbar yourself into a place where you can't be you.

Break free from the Clark Kent costume you are wearing and put on the CAPE that makes you be you!  

Cheers folks!  Here's to being a little odd and loving it!


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