The Secret Of Being One In A Million
Published by Rachelle Disbennett-Lee
Tuesday, December 4, 2001
We can either be one of a million or one
in a million. The secret of being one in a million is to
stand out and be noticed. The good news is it isn't hard
to stand out. All we need to do is be ourselves. Each of
us is unique and has qualities and talents that no one else
has. When we are willing to risk being our authentic self,
we stand out.
Why is it a risk to be authentic? Being
"authentically you" is risky because it is easier
to be different just like everyone else. People want to
stand out while fitting in. It just doesn't work that way.
To stand out, we have to be willing to be different like
no one else. We need to be willing to do things our way
not "the way" and we have to risk looking different
or perhaps even strange.
All my life I have wanted to fit in. And
all my life I haven't. I have always been willing to be
myself, which made me different like no one else. Being
different isn't always easy because people will make fun
or even ridicule a person who isn't like everyone else.
It is often difficult to stand out because when a person
stands out they become a target. It takes inner personal
strength to be willing to be who we are no matter what.
The good news is that being "authentically
you" delivers deep personal satisfaction. It takes
personal strength to be willing to travel the road less
traveled. However, once we accept ourselves for who we are
others will too. We will begin to attract into our lives
those who appreciate us for being unique.
All my life I wanted to be different just
like everyone else only to realize that I am different like
no one else. Being one in a million requires that we risk
not fitting in, not being liked by many, and not being mainstream.
It can be lonely at times. It can be sad at times and it
can be the most rewarding experience. When we embrace who
we are and we begin to live from an authentic space, our
lives will take on a magical quality. We will begin to attract
people who do appreciate the fact that we are different.
The fact that we are different like no one else will become
an asset. Being different can be our greatest strength if
we allow ourselves to appreciate our uniqueness.
Becoming one in a million starts with our
own acceptance of who we are. This is a process and not
always an easy one. It requires that we embrace all of who
we are, the best and the worst, the good and the bad. Once
we truly love and appreciate who we are others will too.
We will become one in a million.
Are you willing to be one in a million?
Daily Success Formula
Being authentic + Risk
+ Not fitting in = Being one in a million
"In a million people there are a thousand
thinkers, and in a thousand thinkers there is one self-thinker."
"A human being is a single being. Unique
and unrepeatable." Eileen Caddy
"It is not easy to be sure that being
yourself is worth the trouble, but [we do know] it is our
sacred duty." Florida Scott-Maxwell
"To be nobody but yourself in a world
which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody
else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being
can fight; and never stop fighting." e. e. cummings