“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel
At work, at home, and in our communities, people typically prefer the company of someone who looks like them, thinks like them, acts like them. What do you do when you are different and do not fit in with general society? Celebrate it! Here is how….
Play to your strengths
What makes you different in the workplace might be an asset. Are you a super productive early bird when your co-workers are grumbling and not fully awake until lunchtime? Use it to your advantage to cross off your to do list with superior work, be eligible for the next promotion, and beat the competition.
Plant yourself in a niche
Are you the dog whisperer? Do the neighborhood cats hang out in your backyard? If you find that animals or children love your company, find a niche in life where you are loved. Consider volunteering at an animal shelter. Succeed with furry friends who might have high anxiety after being neglected, abandoned, or abused. Over time, turn the volunteer opportunity into a paid position where you are irreplaceable.
Develop self-confidence and independence
Accept your uniqueness and build unshakeable self-confidence. Learn to stand on your own two feet and not rely on people. What others criticize in you may be a talent they wish they had. Others may be uncomfortable with your stellar abilities.
Deflect the envy
Deflect envy. Believe it or not, our biggest enemy is often our biggest admirer. Be on alert if you are in the workplace, at home, or in your own community and you have someone who appears to be actively working against you. Unless you have wronged this person, their negative attitude is typically envy. This person may see the greatness in you that you may not acknowledge in yourself. Wherever you go in this world, be humble, watch what you say to other people, and always keep it positive. Envious people are quick to fly off the handle if they perceive one ounce of criticism from a uniquely talented person.
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