Throughout my life, I have often felt that I didn’t fit in. I put this down to the way I understand the world; I know that the way my brain retains information works a bit differently to most people’s and that I’m easily distracted. For example, if you tell me a list of instructions, I will probably fail to remember one because I’m still thinking about one piece of that information while you’re saying the next one.
I’ve made friends in all of the jobs I’ve had, but often disappointed my seniors/bosses. Because I don’t usually take in a process the first time I hear it, I can easily make errors, and then I have to repeat work, which slows my rate of progress. On the other hand, I can instantly make connections between the apparently disparate; recalling pop culture references is a speciality of mine, and I can make humorous comments with little effort.
The negative is a weakness. However, at the end of last year, while thinking about Batman’s Joker, a solution occurred to me. I
Look at what you’re ashamed of about yourself and see if you can turn it around by accepting it – just to yourself. Then – if you can – publicly celebrate your problem. Acknowledge the issue and you remove all its power over you.