Discrimination doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
A while ago, I wrote about what My Socks Made Me Think about Discrimination.
In that post, I mention how I sort my socks. I find the ones that are more different than any of the others. In other words, I try to find the socks that are easier for me to notice.
Let’s pay attention to that last part of the sentence, “easier for me to notice.”
When you’re the different one
Over the years, I’ve made an observation from my own experiences.
In general, I’m not like very many people. Many times, this puts off people. Sometimes, they’re right be to put off, but most of the time, they just aren’t sure how to handle me…since I’m different (than them).
When most people see or meet a person who is decidedly different than them, they notice…and don’t always have the best reaction to them. They make negative assumptions about that person, his (or her) intent, and the friction or even danger that other “different” person might cause.
We can’t do anything about that.
In the poem Attitude by Charles Swindoll, he mentions that, “I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.”
We cannot control how others will react to us before they get to know us. Before this moment, we weren’t there to influence any of that person’s thinking (nor have they had any influence on our thinking).
The Potential Turning Point
Is it “fair” that someone is noticing you just because you’re somehow different than they are?
Probably not, but that does not really matter (unless they’re going to physically harm you because of that difference).
However, you CAN influence what they think of you by what you do from this point forward!
How You Can REALLY Benefit from Discrimination
How many people do you know that have awesome skills, talent, etc. but never get noticed?
I’m willing to bet that it’s a lot. I bet you know tons of people who seem to never “catch a break.”
So now that you’re being noticed—for being different—do you think you might be able to take advantage of the situation?
They’re paying attention to you. NOW is the time to shine.
Are you up for the task?
Don’t be afraid of discrimination. Be ready to be up to the task once they notice you…for being different.
If you handle it right, discrimination doesn’t really have to be all that bad…after all.
It’s one of the best lessons I’ve accidentally learned.
If you’re curious about times it has worked for me, feel free to send me an email at Chris@TheUltimateAnalyst.com. Ask me about it, and I’ll be glad to share.
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