Weird is wonderful or is it?

by | Nov 3, 2014 | Emotional Intelligence, Relationships (Self and Others)

Recently a friend sent me an article called ‘weird is wonderful (and bankable)’. This is because he knows we would both be considered the ‘weird’ ones. It got me thinking… is ‘weird’ (I prefer to call it unique) really wonderful? I can remember the fact that I sometimes felt ‘weird, different or odd’ growing up, being quite uncomfortable. I was self-conscious and insecure through most of my adolescence. But thankfully, there is good news… As an adult, I was able to step into my power, embraced my uniqueness and… yes… realise that weird really is wonderful (and bankable). Let’s take Key Steps this week to embrace all that we are and realise that…

Weird (aka Unique) is wonderful

1.Weird is less painful. To fit into the mould, you usually have to chop off a part of yourself. It hurts us less to just be authentic. So stop exhausting yourself pretending to be someone or something you’re not. Just be YOU. The best version of you!

2.More weirdness means more freedom. When you’re not trying to fit in, you’re free to stand out. Standouts, if you hadn’t noticed, command respect and attention. Sometimes stepping out of line means you don’t have to wait to do what you always wanted to. And you choose to be exactly what you want to be.

3.Weird calls for premium pricing. Different isn’t always better, but better is always different. Take advantage of the fact that most people won’t ever dare to be deviant (even positively deviant), and price your goods, services and qualities accordingly. Two important things here, I am not suggesting you over-price goods or services, I am just suggesting you don’t sell yourself short. And I am not suggesting that value is just about monetary value. [there was a space missing here] When you value yourself and see yourself as a ‘premium’, [added the comma that was missing] you will attract the ‘right’ kind of people and the ‘right’ experiences into your life… Those who can see your value and are prepared to appreciate and respect it and you. And it won’t be in-spite of the ‘weirdness’, it will be because of it. So take Key Steps to embrace all that you are, relish your uniqueness and…

“be the difference that makes the difference




NOTE: The information in my blog may be freely shared and re-used in any online or offline publication, provided it is accompanied by the following credit line: This was written by Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, and originally appeared in her free bi-weekly  ‘Key Steps Food for Thought Blog’ available on the Key Steps website.

Dr Sharon King Gabrielides, EQ Expert, Founder and CEO

Sharon is a dynamic facilitator, speaker and executive coach with over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and organisational transformation. Her PhD thesis contributed a framework for holistic and sustainable leadership development that was published by Rutgers University in the USA. She is faculty of numerous business schools and highly sought-after by leading corporates because she works hand-in-hand with them to create sustainable results and long-term success. In 2020, Sharon was inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame, which is a lifetime achievement award, recognising excellence and her contribution to the field.

Sharon is one of only three women in South Africa to hold the title of Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) – the Oscar of the speaking industry. She is also a COMENSA Master Practitioner (CMP), a qualified Modern Classroom Certified Trainer (MCCT™) and an accredited Global Virtual Speaker. Sharon is also a registered Education, Training and Development Practitioner (ETDP), holds an Honours degree in Psychology and practices as an NLP master practitioner.

Most important to Sharon is that she has become known for her genuinely caring manner, practical and transformational approach, and for providing valuable tools and that allow people to take Key Steps to really… ‘be the difference that makes the difference.’

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