Does the status quo bore you? Have you always felt just a little different from everyone else?
If you answered ‘yes’ to the above then you’re in good company–uniqueness is a valued trait to those that count, so embrace it! Conformity is just plain boring. There’s nothing like a rare, one-of-a-kind personality to break the monotony.
It’s the genuinely unique individual that makes a dent in society for their ability to innovate and think and act differently than the rest.
Are you a genuine one-of-a-kind personality? Read on, let’s get into it!
1) You don’t follow the crowd
People sure love their conformity. Not you though. You’re no sheep. You embrace individuality as a virtue both in yourself and others. Passing trends in society don’t phase you.
You aren’t easily swayed by external factors; in fact, you tend to be wary of the latest craze, you prefer quality–quality people and things.
You aren’t timid when expressing your thoughts and feelings, even if they’re controversial.
You stay true to your own beliefs and values–whether they’re against the grain or not doesn’t really matter to you. This is because you have an inner confidence that is pretty rare in this world. This leads me to my next point…
2) You’re comfortable in your own skin
You rarely feel any pressure to fit into the crowd, you’re unapologetically you and proud of it!
You have no issues with standing out because you’re deeply secure about yourself and comfortable in your own skin.
We live in a world where being different is often seen in a negative light. But that doesn’t affect you one bit. You embrace your quirks and idiosyncrasies. You aren’t afraid to express yourself in your own original way. Being unique is effortless for you because it’s a reflection of who you really are as a person!
Your hobbies and interests are diverse but not mainstream. You genuinely enjoy learning new things and exploring new pursuits.
This uniqueness extends to all major facets of your life, including creativity…
3) You’re highly creative
Have you noticed that history’s most unique and successful people were also highly creative?
Think about it… Steve Jobs or Wong Kar Wei didn’t become pioneers in their respective fields by striving to be like everyone else. These visionaries didn’t just think outside the box, they tore that box up! They weren’t scared to manifest their best selves and to express their creativity in unique and revolutionary ways.
A one-of-a-kind personality often goes hand in hand with a highly creative mind. You perceive the world differently than everyone else, so you can come up with fresh and innovative ideas that others may not have considered.
And creativity tends to come with a high degree of intuitiveness. Speaking of which…
4) You’re highly intuitive
Here’s the thing: intuition is really rooted in memory. So as a unique individual, you tend to remember the smaller and seemingly trivial details that others might forget. This is an absolute asset in life as you can make more informed and intelligent decisions.
You have an innate knack for reading people and situations, and like a fortune teller, you’re sometimes able to anticipate what will happen next.
5) You have a strong sense of purpose
Let’s face it, people can be pretty flighty about what they desire in life. Fortunately for you, you aren’t one of these people. Because you’re so confident in yourself and your values, you know tend to have a clear picture of your goals.
And best of all, you rarely let others’ opinions or expectations influence you to do otherwise. You don’t often bend to the will of others, unless of course they make a very convincing argument backed by data and facts!
You know what you want out of life. You have no qualms about working hard to achieve your goals.
But don’t get me wrong, you’re still well-balanced as an individual, and you have the welfare of others constantly in mind too…
6) You’re empathetic
Guess what? As a truly unique individual, you’re probably good with people too.
You’re able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and to an extent, feel what they’re feeling. People are drawn to you in large part by your kind and empathetic nature.
You’re an excellent listener and great friend. You genuinely care about others and often put them ahead of yourself–an exceedingly rare trait in this sometimes ruthless world we live in.
My high school classmate Jack was always a well-liked guy. But he was indifferent to high school popularity contests. He was friends with the nerds, dweebs and all the bullied kids even though he himself was too respected to get bullied and in fact considered “popular.”
Like many others, I admired his ability to prioritize kindness over peer pressure, at a time of our lives when conforming to stereotypes was the norm.
I’m still in regular contact with Jack today, despite us being in different countries and living very different lives. It’s hardly a surprise that he’s still thriving. He has a great career, a loving family and on weekends, he regularly feeds the homeless in his community.
He has always cared about others, regardless of what his peers might be doing. He doesn’t waste his time clubbing until 4am, he’s actually making a difference among those around him. Be like Jack.
He walked alone, and has been cultivating his uniqueness and empathy since a young age. And speaking of walking alone…
7) You’re comfortable being alone
You don’t need to constantly be around others for reassurance or validation or for some fleeting sense of fulfillment. You aren’t cliquish.
Although you have a decent support network, you actually enjoy and appreciate solitude, free to pursue your own hobbies and interests and do whatever you please.
You appreciate the freedom and serenity that comes with spending time on your own. Whereas most people need a distraction from themselves and their thoughts, you are completely at home with the silence.
8) You have a unique sense of humor
Have you ever heard of the quote “it takes courage to make a fool of yourself”? Well from my experience, there’s a great amount of truth to this. You aren’t afraid to make an offbeat joke or side comment, which often flies past people’s heads. You find conventional toilet humor a bit dull.
You view the world from a different perspective to others, and this often manifests in your witty sense of humor. You may find humor in the most mundane of things… and you know how to deliver a punchline in your own one-of-a-kind style.
And as we all know, laughter is a universal language….
9) You get along with everyone
Let’s be honest, a sense of humor is an accurate reflection of you as a person. Since you entertain people with your jokes, you tend to get along with a lot of people too.
You don’t care if they’re from different social or cultural backgrounds, everyone seems to be drawn to you and your one-of-a-kind persona!
This doesn’t necessarily mean you’re the life of the party but you’re able to read people well! So, you’re able to adjust to new situations and environments relatively easily. This is because you’re constantly in search of stimulation and knowledge!
You’re welcoming of change, and always keen for a new adventure–not to mention a good laugh!
But don’t get me wrong, you have a good set of morals too…
10) You have a strong moral compass
I’ll be honest with you… you don’t need a religious book to tell you what’s right and wrong. You as a unique person have a clear, inner sense of good and evil. You’re aware of the many injustices in the world and want to help improve the situation in any way you can.
Here’s another thing… you’re not shy about speaking up when you see something that doesn’t align with your values. Desmond Tutu once said “if you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” You’re the furthest thing from neutrality or apathy.
And guess what? People appreciate you for this.
In conclusion, having a one-of-a-kind personality is almost like having a superpower. Steve Jobs was well aware of this power, having famously alluded to uniqueness in a 1997 speech:
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them.”
When you decide to stand out from the crowd, you make the world around you a more vibrant and overall better place. Since society doesn’t always welcome it, it’s not always easy to take the plunge and embrace your inner individuality. But trust me, those who do leave a lasting and awe-inspiring impact on others.
Whether you’re a quirky creative, an intellectual free spirit, or a maverick tech innovator, never be ashamed to be different and let that one-of-a-kind personality shine! Remember, you’re special in the best possible ways.