To the Rare Birds


Ashi-lake

Last week I had the opportunity to meet with a couple of accomplished pros courtesy of my colleague and friend Leigh Durst.

In the course of our discussion over lunch, we talked about how some of us through curiosity, creativity, and the ability to roll up our sleeves and get things done have grown horizontally and vertically in a few domains to the point that it is almost impossible to classify us.

I've had the discussion about square holes and round pegs my entire life. And if you are able to keep a secret, I'll tell you how much that helps you — not one bit. Because while it makes great book and article material, being pointed to as different is something you end up having to overcome constantly.

Yet there we were, Leigh and I talking with others like us who can wear many hats and learn as we go and keep pushing the envelope on what is possible. I am grateful to be part of such a group and for knowing the difference between making it and bad luck.

In honor of Thanksgiving (U.S.), I would like to extend a word of encouragement to all who have ever been called "different" by a less flattering term:

to the rare birds, an energizing force to inject ideas with actions, disrupt complacency, and just keep at it.

The trained eye can see you.

 

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