i have something you need

That’s a really difficult sentence for me to write.

As an introvert, everything inside of me wants to change this to, “We all have something someone else needs”

At some point, though, we have to believe in the something different and valuable that only we can bring.

Yesterday, in a TEDx event I had the privilege to be a part of, Emma spoke of how she’d come to understand herself to be a “cultured mongrel’ rather than a purist, how others couldn’t understand how she could be this and that; the important thing was that she could. From this place she is able to make her unique contribution.

Malcolm Gladwell identified three (basic) kinds of people: connectors, mavens, and salespeople.* I’m the middle person, the one who loves knowledge and making it available whenever and wherever. Though I sometimes connect, and sometimes sell, I’m a maven most — so I read “company” in the following statement to be the people I meet with.

‘If you are a Knowledge-Seeker, you constantly search for information and experiences to navigate your company in a highly complex business environment.’*

I’m never happier than when I am helping others to make their unique contribution. For me, wisdom is knowledge working in someone’s life, the result of, and the producer of, love.

Here’s the thing I’d love to hear more about, though:

What is it that you have which others need?

(*See Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point.)
(**From Jim Clifton and Sangeeta Bharadwaj Badal’s Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder.)