Hi, I’m awkward…
and I think you should be too.
Apparently I’ve always been this way. I didn’t realize it, though, until friends and family started joking about it here and there. Then they started buying me gifts…
Not gonna lie – I was a little offended at first. Quirky? Sure. But awkward?!
Determined to shed the label, I decided to figure out what I was doing that made me so awkward (so I could stop doing it!).
I did a whole lot of research to find out what it actually means to be awkward, and two things kept coming up again and again and again:
When someone says something is awkward—like an awkward silence or an awkward conversation – what they really mean is that it’s uncomfortable.
If someone says a person is awkward, it simply
means they’re different from the norm.
The more I thought about it, the more I realized that maybe being awkward is actually a good thing. Because you know what else requires those two characteristics? Success!
To be successful, you have to get comfortable being uncomfortable. To be better than the norm, you have to be willing to be different from the norm.
I’ve decided to embrace the awesomeness of awkwardness, and I hope you will too. Keep reading to start your journey awkward and upward as you pursue your goals — whatever they may be! As you’re about to learn, inside every awkward moment is an award.
Awkward and upward, friend!
Easy as pi.
Does reaching your goals feel problematic? Give this equation a try.
Only a fraction of us use the math we learned in high school. (Sorry, Dr. Summers!) But there’s one formula you can use right now to make positive changes in your life and career. A simple combination of the right actions plus the right attitude can add up to exponential growth.
Keep reading to get schooled on our solution to success:
What does getting out of your comfort zone look like to you?
Perhaps skydiving, swimming with sharks, or the scariest thing of all… karaoke!
Extreme adventures definitely push your limits, but do they directly help you reach your goals? Unless your goal is to terrify yourself (or those around you in the case of karaoke), they probably don’t.
Progress is made through a series of smaller awkward moments — intentional time spent outside your comfort zone. While they may not be as exhilarating as skydiving, nothing beats the thrill of getting from where you are now to where you want to be.
To your full potential and beyond!
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zero to hero
Take Superman’s powers away, and he’s just a grown man in a cape and leotard. The thing that sets superheroes apart from everyday people are their supernatural abilities.
You have superpowers of your own too — quirks and capabilities that set you apart from everyone else. You can work toward your goals without them, but it’s a lot easier when you tap into them.
And when forces like other people’s opinions, fear of failure or comparisonitis challenge you, remember the golden rule of awkwardness:
If you want to be
than the norm, you have to be
from the norm.
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