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The Liberty to Be Unique

In a world full of choices, the way you stand out is by not adding to the noise but by exposing your uniqueness.

Jeff Goins

The Liberty Bell in 1872

Image via Wikipedia (Public Domain)

The liberty to be unique.
The liberty to be quirky.
The liberty to be who we are.
We need to embrace that liberty!

Too often we spend our lives trying to fit in. We try to be someone who fits the status quo. We try to be Elastic Woman from the animated movie The Incredibles, adjusting our lives in a series of mind-boggling twists, turns—and sometimes knots. But we’re not Elastic Woman—or Mr. Fantastic, from The Fantastic Four, for the men reading this!

We know this doesn’t work in life. It especially doesn’t work in social media. If it’s the same old, same old? No doubt about it. It will be overlooked.

If we hope to stand out, if we hope to be heard, we cannot hide behind the opinions of others. We cannot simply parrot what we’ve read. We can’t stretch, twist, and recoil to follow the masses.

We must develop our own voice—our own opinions. We must risk exposing ourselves, exposing what we really think, and exposing our uniqueness.

There is a downside. The liberty to be unique comes with risks. There is risk with exposure—the risk of becoming vulnerable. But if we want our writing (and anything else, for that matter!) to make a difference, shouldn’t vulnerability be a risk we are willing to take? Are we ready? Are we ready to embrace our uniqueness? Are we ready to risk vulnerability? Are we ready to make a difference?

  1. February 21, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I’m ready. Though at times – when I’m posting an opinion or my “take” on social media – I wonder if there will be fall-out. For the most part, when I post a blog about social networking, it turns out to be what others “had been thinking.” I’m fortunate to have wonderful friends on the internet, like-minded people. I think that helps. And I do not get all up in arms when someone disagrees with me, as long as they do it thoughtfully. I love a good debate.

    • February 21, 2012 at 8:35 pm

      Right on, Karen. The fear of fall-out. The part that makes us vulnerable. I know exactly what you’re saying. The hesitation as the finger hovers over the ENTER button, wondering if one should post—or if people’s comments might hurt. We can never expect everyone to agree with us.

      I should have posted this one before I posted “Integrity in Social Media.” I scheduled that one, hesitated, thought I’d pulled it for further consideration, and woke up the next morning to see I hadn’t saved the change—and it had posted in the early morning hours. I took a deep breath and thought, “Well, I meant it when I wrote it, and I still do!” Life is filled with a strange humor. So yes, I get what you’re saying! 🙂

  2. Marvin
    February 21, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Your right, to be unique, you expose yourself while doing things our own way. Which = self confidence

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