Happy Wednesday! It’s been a pretty busy week for me already, but I am so happy to be back with a new blog post for today! On Monday, I wrote a post called “work together,” which focused on a recent experience I had at a Villanova game watch. I spent the past two days on set and realized what post I wanted to write today: remember what makes you unique.
Many people pursue a career path with a certain result in mind. Results are important because results are the things we work toward; they’re our goals. While we’re working towards our goals, however, it’s important to not lose sight of what makes us unique in the process.
In any career path it can be easy to assimilate into a group or community culture where that culture then becomes part of your identity. We all have many different roles we play in our own lives. On any given day, I am a daughter, a sister, a friend, an aunt, a cousin, a dog mom, and a teammate. And that’s not even counting my professional life. You play many roles, as well, and even to people you interact with for only a brief time.
Recently I’ve had a few people who know how much I love the Eagles ask me why I’m going home for the Super Bowl. To me, it would be odd to not go home to watch the big game in the city you love surrounded by your family and friends (provided you can swing it). Last Monday I woke up so excited about the Super Bowl that I bought my ticket immediately after finishing all my blog work for the morning at 5:30 AM. If you wake up excited about something, that's an amazing feeling. Embrace that excitement and follow those feelings! I encounter people on a daily basis who ask me why I do the things I do - usually when it comes to situations that require more than the minimum effort. Answer them if you want to, and then move on.
But the reason I do the things I do is because those are the things I value that make me unique. Everyone has interests or different things that motivate them upon which they place a hierarchy of value. In the example above, it might seem like it’s centered around football, but if you’re from the Philadelphia area and grew up in that culture, it’s about so much more than that. It’s about loyalty, taking pride in where you're from, and surrounding yourself with all walks of life who can come together and cheer together for this one unifying entity.
It’s more than okay to get excited about things. It’s more than okay to be happy. And it’s more than okay to remain true to yourself while others around you try to be something they’re not. Everyone is unique in his or her own way, but there is only one you. And that is magical.
Remember what makes you unique, don’t change those things that make you special, ignore anyone who tries to tell you differently, and be kind. If you’re comfortable and feel good being yourself, that’s the real secret to success. That and a cheesesteak from Jim's on South Street with a Gremlin from Ishkabibble's. FLY EAGLES FLY!
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