What makes you different from everybody else out there? I hate this question. When I was working a job I would apply for other jobs just to go through the interview process for the hell of it. I enjoyed it, I loved finding out more about companies and businesses, how they operated, their people, who they hired and what they were looking for.
But when they asked me what made me different, I wanted to fall into the ground beneath me. I’d squirm in my seat, my skin would crawl and the hair on the back of my neck stood up. The obvious answer is, I am me, and they are not, and there within lies the difference.
For a job interview this is way too simple, so you need to get crafty with your response. Avoid the obvious, cause that’s obvious.
I would say I am a hard worker, I love challenges, I get along with everyone I meet, I am not afraid to ask questions, I smile a lot and occasionally I’ll bring morning tea just because I can and, well, I love cake.
Sounds just like everyone else really?!
What I would leave out while still being true was that I am not that fantastic at turning up on time, I can be a bit of a control freak with how things are done, and I occasionally sware, out loud, in crowded room.
Looking back I can see the traits of an entrepreneur staring back at me but at the time I just took the good and the bad as my uniqueness and my weaknesses.
Now that I am an entrepreneur and running my own business I am still asked what makes me different from everyone else. In fact, I’ve been guilty of asking my clients this question.
The obvious answer should not be ignored, because the obvious answer is the only answer there is.
The difference between you and every single person on the planet, is you.
Your lessons learned.
Your mindset and self-control.
So how exactly do you stand out in a crowded room? You give yourself permission to express your exceptional originality and creativity.
You sit with yourself and shed back the voices of your parents, your guardians, your siblings, your family, your friends and your peers so that you can hear your own voice, discover your own opinion, so you can find your own Self and be who you are in complete authenticity. That is how to be authentic.
There is not another single person out there that comes close to being who you are, and when you finally give yourself the chance to find yourself, to living in your own shoes, you open the gateways to untapped potential in every single area of your life.
Next time you are asked what makes you different, by all means, avoid the obvious if it pays better to highlight your strengths, but know in your heart that what makes you different, is the innate ability to be who you are. Nothing more. Nothing less.
Don’t let yourself question it, and certainly don’t let it ashame you.
No side glances, awkward silences or displeasing sounds can take this away from you. Your power is you, your power is the result of what happens when you live as you.
And you are more than you could ever imagine.