Many people fear being different. They think that standing out means that they’ll be left out in the cold, but this is not the truth. The black millionaires I have interviewed for my book have embraced their differences. They have realized that no one can offer what they can, and have taken their own unique skills to make themselves millions. However, this is easier said than done for most of us. We know that we are not the same as our neighbors, but are unsure of how to apply it to our lives, and more important, how to turn our individuality into success.
The key to this is knowing thyself. You have to truly understand who you are before you can move forward and claim your riches. Valerie Daniels-Carter, the head of 95 million dollar franchise told me “You must come to grips with what you want and what you’re capable of doing.” This applies to everyone across all walks of life.
How do you find out what you are capable of? Ask yourself these questions:
Why are you here?
What are your strengths?
What is your unique gift?
Once you define these answers for yourself, your goals will become clearer. Write it down on a piece of paper and pin it to your refrigerator or keep it in your wallet. Remind yourself constantly who you are and what you want. Whenever you feel tempted to fade into the background, reread what you wrote.
Let the answers to these three questions remind you whenever you feel that your path is unclear. Once you know who you are, it will act like a shining beacon to your success. It takes time and courage to remain who you are, even when others press you to blend in.
However, if you make the choice to stay true to yourself and what you want, success is more than just an outcome; it’s an inevitability.