The other day I was talking to a friend about what makes a person unique, that is, being something that only he/she alone is.
Undoubtedly we all have something in common. That may be something obvious, such as being human beings. Maybe even something more relative, such as liking the same things or having a similar background or comparable abilities.
But at the same time it’s undeniable that we’re all different, that there’s no one like ourselves, no matter how much alike we may be. Even identical twins don’t share the same life story, even though they can be very similar.
What makes us unique in the midst of all these similarities?
There are hundreds of types of tests, assessments and self-discovery tools that try to box us into a certain category, or that try to explain something about us. I’m deeply passionate about understanding people and also about discovering more about myself, so I’ve already tried, on myself or on customers, 21 of these instruments, including something more mystical, such as making my/your own mandala and even making use of tools which are widely used in the corporate work, like the MBTI.
I can confidently say that each and every one of these instruments has said something about me or my clients, but to this day none of them alone has been able to describe myself in my entirety.
My view on this is that each of these assessment types focuses on a specific angle, but we are not made up of just one specific angle, but rather a myriad of them, manifesting in a specific way at a specific time.
It was then that I realized that our uniqueness lies precisely on the meeting point of all these angles; no single aspect alone makes us unique. What makes us unique is the way all these different aspects converge in one person.
No one else has exactly the same angles as you acting in the same combined manner and at the same time! It’s like having a list of ingredients and the way you mix them together may result in totally different dishes. And even if we were to follow the same recipe, the fact that the dish was made by that person, at that moment, or even that it was eaten by someone else, makes the dish unique!
Our uniqueness lies in being unique in our own way!!
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