This is one of the magnets I have on my refrigerator. A birthday present from my partner, a few years back. And it’s true.
People strive to be cool. They struggle for it, they ache for it, they build their lives around it.
But awesome? Most people can’t be bothered to actually work at that.
Awesomeness is about your person, your character, the way you are in the world. It takes work to achieve that quality. It’s not necessarily in-born, and it’s mighty easy to completely lose. It’s also particularly necessary in the workplace. At the office. At 3:45 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, when everybody just wants to go home, but you’ve got to get something handled before end-of-day.
But if you’ve got awesomeness, you need to own it. Don’t hide it. Be it. Be awesome on purpose, because someone, somewhere is really going to need someone to do that for them. Especially if they’re not feeling all that awesome, themself. At 3:45 p.m. on a Friday afternoon, when they just want to go home, but they’ve got to get something handled before end-of-day.
Never under-estimate the importance of awesome.
And never under-claim it, if you’ve earned it.