Do I Understand I am Unique?
“Every man and woman is born into the world to do something unique and something distinctive and if he or she does not do it, it will never be done.” – Benjamin E. Mays
“There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult.” — Warren Buffett
He is married, and has 3 kids. He has lived in the same house in the suburbs since 1958. He is a businessman who brings home a base pay of around $100,000 per year. He plays bridge and loves Nebraska football.
Oh yeah – he is also the richest man on the planet.
Warren Buffett is worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $62 Billion. Yes, that would be billion with a “B”. What that means is that assuming he only earns 4% compounded monthly, he is earning around $5,000 in interest income – every minute of every day. So by the time you and I finish this blog, Mr. Buffett will be even richer, depending on how fast we read.
Warren Buffett is no doubt a unique human being.
One of the things about him is that he seems so… ordinary. But clearly there is much about this man that is beyond any definition of ordinary.
And yet – isn’t that true of each of us? Every one of us is unique in our own way. And not just in fingerprints and DNA. We each have very specific gifts, talents and skills. Every person you and I meet is unique – and that includes the two of us!
There is a passion inside you. There is something that you want to do, something you love to do, something you were meant to do. Find it! Find the thing that sets you apart, and do it! No one can do it better than you. No one can even do it as well as you.
What is it?
In his amazing book Good To Great, Jim Collins talks about the Hedgehog Concept. He describes a fox, always moving forward, always aggressive. He also describes a humble hedgehog. In contrast to the fox, the hedgehog is not very aggressive, or sexy. Just consistent. It does one thing very well.
Collins compares that simple hedgehog with companies who find their unique area of effectiveness. They find their “sweet spot” and perform in a consistently excellent manner.
The same concept applies to individuals. Jim poses three questions to help us define our “sweet spot”:
- What Can You Be The Best In The World At?
- What Drives Your Economic Engine?
- What Are You Passionate About?
Do you know the answers to these questions? If not –
What is your driving passion, your unique-ness?
Who can help you to develop this area into your “sweet spot”?