Are You Weird Enough? Three Ways To Stand Out

On the endless rundown of qualities that make individuals fruitful pioneers, one is time after time neglected—being irregular. Why do we ignore the power that originates from being distinctive? The time has come to grasp what makes us bizarre and consolidate it into our lives.

To be named a weirdo ought to be synonymous with being a trailblazer, an idea pioneer, a business person. It is abnormal to see something and think, “I can improve that.” It is bizarre to ponder an answer for an arrangement that is by all accounts working fine and dandy. It is bizarre to take a stand in opposition to prominent assessment with another, conflicting thought. These are not things “ordinary” individuals do.

To make bizarre a piece of our organization culture, it indicates what really matters to us talking. Being odd is not about kicking the standard just for being distinctive or looking for consideration. Anybody can wear bizarre garments or incidentally play a kazoo. Actually, on the off chance that you begin any activity with the idea, “Better believe it, this is going to be unusual,” then you are overlooking what’s really important.

I never embarked to be peculiar. It was constantly other individuals who called me strange.— Frank Zappa

The expectation of grasping your bizarreness is to unleash the whimsical considerations you are as of now having. We as a whole have an inward drive to finish objectives that are brave and imaginative and dynamic. 

However grasping your unusual quality is more than feeling this internal drive; it includes putting activity behind your contemplations. In case you’re prepared to go up against this test, here are three practices to kick you off:

1. Acknowledge that you have issues

I
had a mentor who started meetings with each person stating their
“issues.” This lighthearted exercise was intended to break down social
barriers and generate social cohesion. When I was asked this in my first
week on the job, I said that I don’t have issues. The room laughed
knowing that we all have issues.
These issues are
the individual quirks that make us different. It can include something
as simple as your predilection for starting every day singing a Neil
Diamond song or your ability to quote every line from The Big Lebowski or that you’ve watched so much Walking Dead you create an emergency exit strategy whenever entering a room… or maybe that’s just me.
Where’s your will to be weird?—Jim Morrison
The
point is that we must own our weirdness before we can leverage it.
Admittedly, this can be an uncomfortable exercise—it’s engrained in us
since childhood that weirdness is a bad thing. Just keep reminding
yourself that people who blend it do not stand out.

2. Stop being boring

If
this sounds too easy, that’s because it is. You can actively will
yourself into being weirder simply by making the effort to be more
interesting. A few suggestions:
  • Watch less TV, or at least watch a greater variety of shows
  • Do not list “checking your social media” as a hobby
  • Try different restaurants
  • Engage in substantive conversations, and do not talk about the weather… ever!
  • Create a bucket list of things to do, new skills to learn, and places to go
  • stray from mainstream media
  • Engage in one remarkable activity every weekend (or at least every month)
  • Stop expecting to be entertained by others
  • And stop expecting others to do all the talking
It’s good as an artist to always remember to see things in a new, weird way.—Tim Burton

3. Be the CWO (Chief Weird Officer)

Once
you’ve embraced your weirdness, it’s time to strengthen it throughout
your organization. Leaders must make an exerted effort to structure
their team in a way that nurtures the weird so people can more fully
reveal and utilize their talents. This includes fostering a work
environment that negates the social stigmas that stifle offbeat
creativity. Where imperfection is not just allowed but encouraged as a
means of development and learning. Where sameness is not tolerated.
Where speaking up is incentivized, even when they’re wrong.
To bring out the weirdness, leaders can also help those on their team find their niche. In her book Stand Out,
esteemed Strategy Consultant, Dorie Clark discussed the need to be
recognized as an authority or expert through a strong professional
reputation. This can happen by expanding your focus, but more often
weirdness is tapped by “niching down” or narrowing focus on a topic. If
the leader exposes team members to a plethora of opportunities to learn
and grow, they can find their niche and “weird out” on it.
I
always encourage young people who ask me for advice to be themselves.
Whatever is weird about you, whatever weird thing you do to crack up
your siblings, that other people at school maybe say, ‘Man, you’re
weird,’ that’s the most valuable thing you have. Because if you try to
homogenize yourself and act like other people on television or other
people in the audition room, then you’re taking away your
weirdness.—Nick Offerman
Being weird
means putting yourself out there. This involves a degree of
vulnerability and a willingness to take on risk. “Normal” people stifle
these insecurities; that’s what makes them normal. But those who embrace
their weirdness are eager to break through the “we’ve always done it
that way” mindset. It may feel lonely at times, but it is ultimately
more fulfilling and leads to bigger results. As they say, “Go weird or
go home.”

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Updated: June 21, 2018 — 12:16 am

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