You are unique. But do you celebrate your difference, or do you shrink back and conform to what is widely accepted and popular?

Where there is diversity, there are opportunities to learn, grow and experience the richness of life.

For many years I worked in the area of Special educational needs, and among other things would be involved in the reviewing of individual educational plans. In the creation of these plans it was necessary to acknowledge the specific learning needs/styles, of a pupil, ensure appropriate provision and set realistic academic goals.

I have always felt that this is the ideal way for any person to learn. Although the mainstream education system has not changed much over the past 100 years.

The great inventor Thomas Edison was a poor student. When a schoolmaster called Edison “addled,” (unable to think clearly; confused) his furious mother took him out of the school and proceeded to teach him at home. Edison said many years later, “My mother was the making of me. She was so true, so sure of me, and I felt I had someone to live for, someone I must not disappoint.”

Let’s consider Albert Einstein.

He did very well when he started school, but disliked the rote learning style. came to hate school because of its extreme discipline and would often clash with his teachers. For this reason, he would eventually leave school at the age of 15.

He even failed the entrance exam for a Zurich polytechnic school.

 

It was Einstein who said “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”.

 

Now here’s the story of Gillian Lynne.

Growing up in England in the 1930s, Gillian Lynne was 7-years old when her mother took her to the doctor because her school was concerned that she had a learning disorder.

 

Unable to sit still, Gillian had earned the nickname Wriggle Bottom. Gillian felt hopeless, her teachers were exasperated, and her mother was at the end of her tether. The idea of ADHD had not been born yet.

After listening to Gillian’s mother explain the teachers’ concerns about Gillian’s disruptive behaviour, the doctor and Gillian’s mother stepped outside the office to speak privately. Before leaving the office, the doctor put some music on his tiny office radio.

From the hallway outside that office, Mrs. Lynne and the doctor peered in and observed Gillian jumping and twirling around the room, enraptured by the music.

 

The doctor turned to Mrs. Lynne and famously said, “There is nothing wrong with your child. She is a dancer.” After which he recommended Gillian be enrolled in dance school.

Gillian’s mum did enrol her in dance school about which Gillian remarked later, “Everyone was like me! They needed to move to be able to think. It was wonderful!”

Gillian went on to have a wonderful career at the Royal Ballet. She eventually graduated from the Royal Ballet School and met Andrew Lloyd Webber. She’s been responsible for some of the most successful theatre productions in history such as Cats and Phantom of the Opera.

Not only has she given pleasure to millions, she’s a multimillionaire

In his book titled ‘The Theory of multiple intelligences’ Howard Gardner. addresses 9 types of intelligence.

·         Naturalist (nature smart)

·         Musical (sound smart)

·         Logical-mathematical (number/reasoning smart)

·         Existential (life smart)

·         Interpersonal (people smart)

·         Bodily-kinaesthetic (body smart)

·         Linguistic (word smart)

·         Intra-personal (self-smart)

·         Spatial (picture smart)

 

Why or why then do we still compare ourselves with others, creating unrealistic expectations, which sabotage success?  Please S.T.O.P.

Nobody is better that another. We are equal in our own genius.

No more herd mentality. Please be yourself, and share the gift of your unique expression with the world. And yes, you will undoubtedly meet with many forms of resistance and rejection, that’s the price for pioneering. But for the sake of your own well-being, freedom, and the freedom of those who are following close behind you. Be you.

When ‘you’ give yourself permission to be yourself, you become visible. And when you become visible, those who are your tribe can find you. And life becomes more and more of a celebration.

That’s why I’m not a mainstream chic. I’m a coach, and I am passionate about helping aspiring females to become entrepreneurs.