Unicorns: something unusual, rare or unique. (Merriam-Webster)
The term or concept of the mythical unicorn comes up in my conversations from time to time. The unicorn can symbolize different things for people; from the image of a horse like creature with a single horn, to a magical being or someone who is unique.
I’ve been called a unicorn in multiple settings. I wear this designation as a badge of pride because being a unicorn means I have a uniqueness about me.
My life and career pivots have taken me from a computer analyst, classroom instructor, conference planner (US Air Force), career specialist (Macon State College), guidance counselor (Government contractor), adjunct psychology professor (multiple schools), employee development consultant (Goodwill), employer relations (UCF & FSU) and now a blogger/consultant/speaker. The ability to adapt and believe I can pivot into different settings/outcomes generates the unicorn concept some associate with me.
I have a lot of great mentors and friends who provide advice and support to ensure I’m prepared for the next pivot. The efforts from my mentors/friends/tree branches provide me with a platform to stretch my professional boundaries to ensure I’m continually growing.
How do they do that? They feed the unicorn:
- Display a desire to partner
- Willing to share knowledge
- Expert listeners
- Words and actions match (Consistency)
- Regular check-ins
- Positive affirmations
- Tough love when needed
The list above can be used by YOU to feed the unicorns you meet in your daily lives. You can add more ‘feeding’ variables based on the unique situations encountered but my list is a starting point to engage others daily. I’m sure there’s someone you work with who would benefit from being treated as a unicorn. They may not realize their uniqueness or potential until you start to feed the unicorn. You may be surprised by the number of unicorns around you once you start the feeding process.
FYI—I consider everyone who follows and/or reads the Walk Into the Future blog, unicorns. My words, thoughts, and adventures are designed to help you forge your own unique path on your personal walk.
Thanks for inspiring and feeding me as well!