I work with people who are awesome.
This isn't hard to do, by the way, as everyone is awesome.
The 'Thing' I do is SHOW people how awesome they are, which is actually all 'Thing finding' is. Thing finding is showing people the awesome they already have.
Admittedly, there's a bit more to it when doing my Thing as I help package up the awesome, market and sell the awesome and have a great message and story around the awesome.
But I can't do anything or help anyone really until they are being their awesome. And it's harder than it sounds. I mean, are YOU being all of your awesome?
Not easy to do if, like me, you are very shy and retiring **coughs**—but seriously, even though I am no wallflower even accepting a compliment can be hard (it takes a lot of effort for me to just say "Thank you" to a compliment and not turn it into a comedy sketch which is my defence mechanism—if ever in an awkward situation I go for the default 'make 'em laugh' option).
Seeing everything you've done as awesome doesn't always make sense when you've walked away from jobs and markets and clients that you didn't enjoy. Owning your awesome when you've made a BIG change in what you do can be daunting, as your awesome before may have had a framework around and a hierarchy or system that everybody 'knew' (think any job you've ever had).
Diving off the cliff of corporate or paid employment into doing your own Thing very often leads us to question our awesomeness or even lose sight of it all together. Sometimes we think we have to work out a whole new awesomeness as we left 'that' behind. Not true. You take your awesome with you everywhere you go and there is always a thread that passes from place to place and project to project with you throughout your life. And I get that sometimes those 'not so great' situations sometimes make that hard to see (or you are highly sceptical of their value!), but a lesson is a lesson and your awesome is your awesome.
Don't leave anything out.
We want you to be ALL your awesome.
And, of course, if you don't own your awesome no-one else is going to take it seriously. It's hard to sell your Thing when you don't believe in your own awesome. You need to see everything and know it's what makes you you. In all your awesome glory.
And my job? Well, mostly I just reflect back the awesome you ignore or file under 'not important'. There's always plenty more awesome that you're letting on. I know to be true.
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