Happy Tuesday! 🙂
I have a confession.
For years, I felt like a misfit.
When I was in elementary, I got more excited solving Math problems than playing the usual childhood games.
While my officemates loved to travel, I was more interested in reading books and attending seminars.
There were also a lot of conversations and green jokes I couldn’t understand.
I had to ask some of my closest friends to translate them for me because I didn’t get why everyone was laughing but I didn’t understand a thing.
I struggled to fit in.
I felt there was something wrong with me. I felt inadequate.
Knowing what I know now, I’d tell my younger self,
“There’s nothing wrong with you, Sha! You’re just different.”
In case you also struggle to fit in, I’d like to share the same message with you.
“There’s nothing wrong with you! You’re just different.”
Let me share with you two short stories.
Story #1: Dinner in Singapore
In 2018, there was this welcome dinner for the new members of a global speakers association I recently joined.
I messaged my friend and I told him I will attend.
He asked me if I had any other agenda in Singapore.
I said, “I just want to attend the welcome dinner. Then I’ll fly back to Manila the next day because I have a speaking engagement in Manila the following day.“
My friend said, “Sha, it’s just dinner. It’s impractical to travel all the way from Manila to Singapore for that.
You don’t have to fly here just for that.”
I flew anyway.
When my mentor heard I would fly to Singapore just for the dinner, he and his wife offered their home to me.
Thank you, Fredrik and Elaine! 🙂
During that dinner, I met some of the most amazing global speakers who became my friends.
I’m so glad I went!
Story #2: Coaching in Chennai, India
In 2019, I learned about this coach in India who specializes in something I needed help with.
Here’s the catch: The only way he can coach me was if I flew to India.
Who would pay close to 6-figure amount and fly to India to get a 3-day coaching in-person?
Crazy, isn’t it?
I said, “Okay, I’ll go.“
A few minutes after I made that decision, I got a message from United Nations Global Entrepreneur Council.
They said I won an award as the Female Entrepreneur of the Year and they asked if I can make myself available in India to receive the award.
There’s more. What are the chances that the venue of the awards night is a few minutes drive from my coach’s place?
And there’s more! The awards night would fall on the days I’ll be in Chennai, India.
Wow! Wow! Wow!
I was so amazed. It felt like magic.
What makes you different is your magic.
I just don’t go with the flow.
When I see value in something, I do the illogical (as long as it’s still aligned to my values and purpose).
Today, companies and organizations hire me to be their speaker because of what makes me different.
People buy my books and attend our events because what we offer are different.
What makes you different makes you creative.
When someone tells me something can’t be done, I ask myself,
“How else can this be done? What’s another alternative?”
The more I am told it is impossible, the more curious I get to find possible solutions.
What makes you different makes you unlock possibilities.
I’ve asked myself questions like…
Is it possible to have so much fun, travel the world, make an impact, and earn from it?
Is it possible to write a book even if you’re not a writer?
Is it possible for an extremely introvert and shy person to become a highly paid sought-after professional speaker?
Is it possible for someone who is tone deaf to become a recording artist?
Is it possible to do what you love to do and make so much impact?
I love to think and ask in terms of possibilities.
I’m on a mission to inspire fearless possibilities in people, teams, and organizations by helping them create a culture where everyone is seen and appreciated.
(Big thanks to my mentors and coaches Brenda Bence, who is recognized as the Top 10 Coach by GlobalGurus and Fredrik Haren, one of the top-rated and most in-demand global speakers, for helping me uncover my mission).
Think about your personal life. What else is possible?
If you’re an entrepreneur, what else is possible for your business?
If you’re a corporate leader, what else is possible for your team?
If you’re an organization leader, what else is possible for your organization?
My hope is that each TuesDate newsletter helps you see what’s possible and inspires you to unlock possibilities in your life, your profession, your relationships, and/or your company.
You’re different? That’s great! Instead of trying to fit in, stand out.
Dare to be different!
I wish you love, joy, and peace today and everyday!
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