An inspiring and humorous talk about what makes us unique and why our weirdness is an asset in business and in life.
The duckbilled platypus is one of the weirdest animals in the world. When it was first discovered, some academics actually thought that it was a hoax.
This animal has a bill like a duck, a tail like a beaver and it lays eggs. And then it suckles its young.
Except it has no nipples, the milk simply oozes from its skin.
Oh, and they are venomous too. The snake-like venom can kill a dog and will certainly ruin a human’s day.
The sheer awesomeness of this animal, for me, lies in its uncompromising uniqueness. It totally and utterly refuses to get into any of the boxes we’ve created to sort our animals and do things the normal, expected way.
But what if we let the duckbilled platypus, the animal that refuses to be put into any box and just goes its own way, be our guide…
We live in a world full of same-looking same-quacking ducks or ducks secretly trying to be “swans”, the Hollywood celebrity version of a duck. In this world, the platypus is awesome and unique and confounding and surprising and totally unforgettable.
A lot of what is wrong with the world today is that a lot of people who aren’t ducks are disguising themselves as ducks to fit in. Worst, then they beat themselves up for not reaching that epitome of celebrity duckhood: swanhood.
The most valuable currency in the world today is authenticity.
I believe that the number one driver of entrepreneurial success is the connection that is possible with your clients when you allow yourself the space to come from a place of soul-deep integrity. When you are speaking and marketing and living your unique truth and allowing the real you to shine through.
If you can embrace this simple truth, there is no stopping you.