It’s easy to conclude that you’re reading from just another guest blogger. Marji is a CEO, an accomplished global thought leader in Social Media and a force on Twitter. But that’s not what’s incredible; her startling humility and ‘realness’ are. She makes no secret of surviving an abusive relationship, or about the many things in her childhood that defined her. In fact this post is about just that.
It captivated me last week when I chanced on her blog, and I knew it’d do same to you. So here goes…
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I was voted off the lunch table in eighth grade–> survivor style. Now, I find this quite hilarious, but my 13 year-old self sure as hell did not find it funny. It all started because I would not lie about my best friend doing her reps in gym, when she didn’t do them (honesty). Which led to her calling me a b**ch in front of the entire class. Which led to me telling her not to ever call me that again (self-respect). Which led to me being voted off the lunch table. Which led to me being taken to the counselor’s office because I smiled too much, and it was offensive to this now ex-best friend (I cannot make this stuff up).
I was made fun of to no end for the clothes I wore in high school. I was either somewhere between a slut or a Mormon, and no one could ever decide where my fashion sense fell. On top of that, I was the strong-silent type that liked to get my work done rather than gossip about all of the other girls. This led me to get the rep of being “stuck-up”.
I also refused to sleep with anyone in high school. That led to very few boyfriends, and being teased beyond belief.
The point? I can find this all hilarious years later because I now realize that every one of those things that were considered ‘flaws’ and led to semi-bullying are actually the strengths that landed me every one of my successes in my adult life. Read More Your Flaws Are What Make You Successful -By Marji Sherman