Why is it then that we fall into the temptation of wanting to be someone else? Sometimes it might be during a moment of weakness….why couldn’t I be so and so? I wish I had his or her genes? That person is “naturally” intellectual…why couldn't that be me?
This same way of thinking carries into our hiring practices. We seek out team members who think like we do, are cut of the same cloth, sing from the same hymnal….because we want them to be us.
Might it be that we were created to be different for a reason? We each have unique gifts and talents and where we fail is to appreciate AND monetize on those differences. By nature, we were meant to have distinct points of reference, so when we do touch customers, peers, bosses and direct reports, we leave DISTINCTimprints on their foreheads. The trouble is we are so focused on talents OTHERS have, that we don’t recognize what WE have.
Here are some actions to consider:
- Stop enumerating the talents of others. Take an inventory of your unique points of differentiation and determine how to put those skills to work. You have been gifted with special genes—it’s up to you to figure out what those are and how to covert them into successes.
- Monetize your DNA. Consider the case of Tyler Perry. A homeless African American with no finances, and a big dream to be successful. Fast forward to today and his net worth is estimated at $500 million. Too much of a stretch? How about aiming for .1% of that net worth?
- If you don’t feel good about yourself…….. You won’t be successful. End of story. Appreciate what others have that you don’t have and then be thankful for who you are. Surround yourself with people with DIFFERENT skill sets from yours—and hopefully those who are MORE TALENTED that you are, and you will ensure your success. Guaranteed.