It’s good to be different. Most among leaders and people aspiring to become leaders agree with this statement. I have heard and read this on many occasions.
What it really means being different? I just heard and forgot but never thought to do an independent research before I come across a life situation.
People say and we know five fingers are not equal. They argue it’s quite OK to have different opinions and ideas. I experienced this while being interviewed by a panel recently.
Being different does not mean to do all different things no one is doing. Being different does not mean too to discard all others idea and stick to your own.
I think it’s about how we stand out successfully in a crowd and present ourselves among all opposing forces. How do you feel and what you do when you don’t get any support from others including your family members on your ideas of an ideal living and to pursue your passion? Do you follow others and discard your own original idea or do you prefer to stick on your own and prove yourself.
I once asked the question above to one of my friends and got a reply ‘it depends’. I later thought how smart an an answer is this to avoid someone without further explanation. So diplomatic! Isn’t it? One need to be very specific.
In the interview I felt like the panel was having a completely different opinion on what I want to do in life and how a specific steam of advanced studied can help me achieve my targets. I still feel I could present myself well among all differing opinions. I never felt like it’s all to discourage me but had a different feeling like the panel wants to make me well aware about the programme.
The interview started with high notes and all conflicting opinions but ended up with pleasant gestures. I don’t know the outcome of the interview but one thing for sure it helped me learned a lot on being different and being nice to people at the same time.
All of us have some personal/unique experience in life that makes us feel and think different. What makes you special being different? Think about it and enrich my knowledge sharing your thoughts on being different!