Ever thought you were weird because you see the world differently from many of the people around you?
Ever been singled out for being weird? How did that feel?
As I sit here writing, I was suddenly reminded of being in a leadership session several years ago now. There were 25 – 30 of us in the room and out of nowhere, the guy running the meeting looked straight at me and in front of the whole group said, “You are one weird duck.”
Laughter abounded. Including me.
If that had happened a few years earlier, it would have had a different outcome. Me in a puddle, embarrassed beyond belief. In that meeting (and now) it affirms me.
Not because I want, or try to be weird. I want to be comfortable being me, even when being me makes others uncomfortable.
Let me illustrate. If I think something is funny, I’m laughing. Out loud.
If it strikes me as really funny, I am beyond ROTFLOL — rolling on the floor laughing out loud. Seriously. It’s happens at home (a lot), at the movie theater, in comedy shows, and occasionally in places where it’s not always deemed appropriate. It happened at church once, but fortunately it wasn’t a funeral.
Here’s what I’ve discovered. What we call weird is someone who is wired differently than we are. And I am wired differently. Definitely. There was a period of life I sought to suppress it, now I seek to embrace and express it.
Can you relate? Have you ever been called weird?
Maybe ‘they’ think we’re weird because we march to the beat of a different drummer. You may be out-of-step with those around you, but you’re in sync with the music you hear.
That’s beautiful if the music you hear is the sound of purpose.
You’re not weird, you’re wired for purpose — had I thought of that sooner, that’s how we would have titled this post.
Here’s the shortlist. And I hope this intrigues you enough to listen to my podcast episode, where you’ll be able to hear the rest of the story.
You are Purpose-Powered if:
- Money is not your only motivator, nor is it your ultimate measure of success.
- You want to make a dent in the universe.
- You want to live a life of legacy.
- You see yourself as a steward, not a celebrity.
- Your why, what, and how are closely connected or interconnected.
- You see what you do through the lens of mission.
- You have a set of principles and values that inform your decisions and inspire your actions.
- You are more ‘we’ focused than ‘me’ focused.
- You persevere through difficulties.
- You truly care.
If this describes you, then what?
Stop feeling weird about it. Understand that you are wired differently and find others who are wired like you and spend more time hanging out with them.
Take this to another level and use how you are wired as a filter for whom you allow to be the influential voices in your life. In other words, dance with those who are dancing to the same tune as you.
“You’re not weird, you’re wired for purpose.”
Kevin D. Monroe is a high-level leadership consultant and executive coach. His mission is to help high achievers connect with their higher purpose. Kevin is also the founder of the Navigating North Summit and host of the Higher Purpose Podcast.