Have you heard of The Ugly Duckling story, published by Hans Christian Andersen in 1843?
It's about a duckling that looked different than the others, and was rejected by everyone in his close proximity - his mother, his siblings, and the people in the surrounding farm areas that tried to take him into their lives.
But, spring came and so did second chances.
He went out into the world ready to risk everything to find a way... to not be alone. In the process, the duckling finds out he has grown into a fully grown...swan. And, the other swans had no problem welcoming this bird into their flock. The recognized him as one of them in every way.
Notice, the swan was always a swan.
It's just the everyone around him didn't realize that's what he was, and expected him to be something else. So, he didn't measure up to the expectations of the crowd. In this case, a bunch of ducks.
Ducks and swans aren't the only living beings that deal with these misconceptions of value.
Most of us experience it at one time or another in school, work, our neighborhoods, or in finding our true self. In the process, we can lose a sense of personal worth and value. We can wonder if we are on the right track as we question what we offer the world, how we offer it, and if there is really a person, a group, or a company that will recognize what we offer as valuable.
If you haven't found your people just yet, keep learning and building your knowledge base.
If you have, remember the experiences you had when your value wasn't recognized.
It can be a journey to figure it out. Embrace all parts of it because you take all of the experiences to whatever you offer next.
You will always be an ugly duckling in some ponds.
Go find your swans.
Move Your Desk
This podcast is for anyone that knows they haven’t yet found and offered up their best work, but are compelled to seek it out and do it.
Rebecca Clark shares stories and practical approaches to life and leveling up at work. And, nudges that encourage you to act on the inner inklings to create and offer up your best self.
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