Every person is unique beginning with their code (DNA). Their circumstances are also unique, that is to say; social, economic, political and overall environment. It however should not get to your head, and get you to think, that you are better than everyone else.

There are actually over 7.5 billion people in the world but no one can be you (*insert your name*).

Your uniqueness is what makes you interesting. Your uniqueness is what others will relate to. Your uniqueness is what will get you the sales, the clients, relationship or the job. Your uniqueness is why people will want to work with you. Your uniqueness is you.

Note which of your attributes others point out to you

Look back over any job reviews or thank-you notes, emails or phone calls and make a note of the attributes that were pointed out to you. Did a friend thank you for setting him up on that blind date with your high school pal? Seems like you’re a good connector. Did your boss make note of how your colleagues perform better than usual when they’re on a project with you? Sounds like you’re a great leader or motivator.

Write down these traits and keep them in your front pocket. They will be a great reminder when you ask, “What makes me unique?”

Ask your friends and family why they like hanging out with you

Better yet, get it in writing or set up a free survey so you can see the overall “winning” traits. Is is your sense of humour, your well-thought-out opinions or the way you can put together the cutest outfit ever?

Things you love to do

What have you done in your life where you’ve felt happy, or useful, or un-self-conscious, or free, or in touch? Those situations define you, as well as giving you clues to the authentic you. Pay attention to them and do what you can to bring more of them into your life.

Finding your authentic attributes and the things that make you spark is the way to really figure out who you are and what you have to offer. Only then can you see that gold.

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