What Makes You Unique?
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In Search of Answers
Do you wonder what makes you different from everyone else? Are you looking for an answer to "What makes me special and unique?" that is more meaningful than just your fingerprints or a spiral of DNA?
Understanding how each of us is unique is an essential part of questioning who we are and why humanity exists. To help you find an answer to this ancient and universal question, we offer a new way of looking at things.
Who You Are
Just as no two snowflakes are alike, you are like no one else. You are the only one who has your exact combination of the 30+ ingredients that define your potential ... known as your bliss or dream job.
So that is why there has been only one Beethoven, one Michelangelo, one Churchill, one Da Vinci, one Gandhi -- and why there will be only one you.
The Paradox of Uniqueness
Our potential is a paradox that makes us at the same time both a part of the human family and unique within that family. We are united by our having gifts, talents, life callings, and dreams of an extraordinary life. But we are each unique because all of our gifts, talents, life callings and dreams are different.
Take a moment and think about this.
How many people on the planet have the talent to figure out how to make rocket fuel from the soil on Mars?
How many people have a gift for tracking, monitoring and deciphering whale songs so they can save the species?
How many people have the talent to recognize how native medicinal plants growing in the Amazon can cure cancer?
How many people have the talent to crack the code of DNA or invent an artificial kidney?
Most Talents Are Rare
And here we are only talking about one gift or talent. If you look around and take a close look -- you will see for yourself that everyone has at least 5 to 10 things they excel at. If you can sing, calculate odds, track bird migrations, or know which direction is north better than 100 random people or your high school class -- your gift puts you in the top 1% of the population.
When you start calculating the odds as you add in more of your gifts and talents -- your combination of 5 skills means you are one in ten Billion likely to have that combination. That is more people than are alive on the Earth today. And when you add in the other 25 + ingredients of your work potential, you get numbers that are astronomical.
A Unique Living Expression of Life
These types of odds make you a unique expression within the universe -- and yet you are just one of the billions of expressions of life on this planet. And this is the crux of this paradox -- you are both truly unique and one of a countless multitude at the same time.
Along with this knowledge of uniqueness comes responsibility. For if you are a truly unique expression of life, then only you have the gifts, talents and potential to excel at the unique tasks which define your destiny and your life calling. No one else can fulfill the life calling you are uniquely qualified for. If you do not do it, it will go undone, or done by someone else in a very different way.
The Human Race*
We often refer to the human race as a contest and focus on who is winning and who is falling behind. But perhaps the race also is not just about winning, but who shows up to run it, and the type of race they run. Many times, the victor is the person who makes the race their own.
In your race through life, do you have all the information and tools you need to express your unique potential and live an extraordinary life before you run out of time, health, love and wisdom?
If not, explore these resources and the pages below to learn more.
This is a fun and artistic approach to seeing what makes you unique from 100 different perspectives -- from modern science to ancient wisdom. Explore everything from your body type and personality to which side of your brain is more dominant.
If you feel funny about being yourself, this inspiring and revealingart journal may help you see life and how unique you are ina new light.
The Precious Present by Spencer Johnson
This is a special gift can change your life or that of someone who needs to know that they are they are wonderful just they way they are.
This challenging journal helps you connect with all the things you love and keep ideas and insights about what makes you and your life unique.
You Are Special by Max Lucado
This special story reminds us of how special we are and not to lose sight of who we really are by trying to fit into the stereotypes and labels others want to pin on us.
This special story reminds us of how special we are and the potential that lies inside of us. It can help you embrace your inner potential and and become who you were meant to be. Small things do have big potential.