No. 123

What Makes You Unique

One of my dearest friends (whom I lived with in San Diego) started Marie Forleo’s B-School last week. She texted me one night to ask me what I thought her three best qualities were. She has many, so I thought for a moment about which qualities I felt weren’t the obvious ones, things like the way she can effortlessly put someone at ease.

Your best qualities are what make you uniquely you, and there’s no better way to find your path in this world than to know what you add to the big cosmic equation.

So I asked myself, what are my three best qualities that make me who I am? (I asked my friends too, just to see if they perhaps see something in me that I’m missing.) Here’s what I came up with:

1. I am totally devoted to helping others achieve their dreams. You’ve got an idea? Maybe want to start your own business, devote all your time to your art, share that with the world? I’m in your corner.

2. I am so willing to adventure solo. I do love having a good mate along for the ride, but there’s nothing stopping me from venturing out on my own to explore.

3. I can pour my heart into my writing. I’m so at home when I’m dreaming up things to write or typing away. I’m more of myself when I’m sharing myself with others, and the written word is often the best way I express.

I’ve been thinking about possible career paths to travel, and one in particular is beginning to take shape in my mind, one that utilizes these strengths of mine. But I’m not officially ready to say exactly what that is yet.

Tell me, what are your three best qualities? And how do you use them? How might you use them in a career?

(I’m certainly happy to offer suggestions for those of you whom I know well.)

About brandi

Brandi is a digital strategist, website developer, and founder of Alchemy+Aim, a company that helps entrepreneurs and business owners elevate their online presence and enhance their digital experience. Her academic background in theatre, philosophy and physics was the perfect foundation for launching her business, where she’s worked with Brené Brown, Laverne Cox, Judy Smith, and other notable thought leaders since 2013. She is an advocate for using technology in ways that humanize, connect and serve people as well as for asking deeper philosophical questions and teaching others to think more broadly about impact when they create, particularly in STEAM fields.

8 thoughts on “What Makes You Unique

  1. Those are three impressive qualities. Have you heard that if you ask people to describe you in three words, the last one is the most telling about your personality? The first two are the easiest to think of but the third is a bit of a stretch and people are required to think a little bit about that one

    1. How interesting! I haven’t heard that before, but it makes a lot of sense. That said, I just went back to my Facebook comments to see what people’s thirds were, and they were all over the place. Maybe I just need to poll more people.

  2. Yes! Those qualities are absolutely yours and spot on. Especially the first one- a very perceptive thing you caught on to.

    My three qualities?

    People tell me things.
    I’m open to almost everything
    I remember the tiniest of details.

  3. Something I just thought of: you should write a motivational book, possibly along the lines of the topics you touch on on your blog. And motivational speaking comes to mind too. You’d be good at it :)

  4. I just happened upon your site and was instantly enchanted! I have been looking for the place I belong (career wise) so this exercise was just what I needed. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Works well with others, I enjoy supporting, encouraging and helping others within my circle. building bridges within a team. Building people up and protecting them from being bullied.

    2. Creative, non linear thinker, I’m pretty much outside the box most of the time.

    3. Honest and not afraid to address conflict or misunderstanding. encouraging and sometimes stubbornly convincing people to speak out loud their concerns.

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