“Non-conformist”, “Disruptor”, “Challenger” – all words that describe someone who sees things differently, connects the dots where others normally wouldn’t, and who goes against what’s commonly accepted. Conforming to the status quo doesn’t promote innovation. That is why it’s important to let your weird side shine at work.
We all have a weird side, and if you are shaking your head no, then well, maybe this post isn’t for you. But we get it if you’ve always tried to hide your weirdness in the workplace. If you really want to achieve new levels of success and innovation, it’s important that you be yourself and embrace your strangeness.
3 Reasons Keeping it Weird at Work Pays Off:
1. Leaves a Mark
One of the biggest advantages you can have in your career and for the company you are working for is being unique and leaving a mark. Job indispensability comes from having confidence in who you are and knowing what you bring to the table.
People won’t remember the thing you did that everybody else can do, they will remember the thing you did that only you can do. You have your own unique fingerprint, get out and show others what you have to offer.
2. Fuels Innovation
Weirdness often leads to solutions that go beyond the existing paradigm, because it involves a new way of thinking. Do you ask the questions that others are afraid to ask? Do you give opinions that others may disagree with? Or do you stay quiet because you don’t want to seem odd or disruptive?
“Different isn’t always better, but better is always different”
We all fall victim of stagnant thinking. It can be hard to consistently churn out new ideas, but this is why it’s so important to ask the hard questions and bring new/odd ideas to the table. Innovative thinking occurs when you challenge the status quo with strange ideas. This is why being weird is your best creative trait.
3. Inspires Others
Being weird is an influential source of your character and creativity. When you start to embrace your inner weirdness, others in your creative circle will be inspired to do the same. When others start to see things like your outlandish ideas leading to new and great ones, or Clients praising your work for being something different than they are used to, they will become inspired to let their guard down as well.
Revolutionary ideas push our way of thinking, our industries, and even society. Being weird in the workplace isn’t about the promotion of counterproductive behavior or weirdness for its own sake. It’s about thinking differently and revealing our individual idiosyncrasies and passions – the things that make us human. It’s about letting go of the fear of embarrassment or failure.
Accept it, you’ve got a weird side. So embrace it, and come change the world with the rest of us.
If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world. -Elaine S. Dalton