Being a freak is about being different, being unusual, being uncommon, being rare. One way to better understand your freak factor is to discover what makes you rare.
What is it about you that makes you different from most people?
Here is my list:
- At a height of 6'6", I'm taller than about 99% of people in the world. My tall stature might also contribute to greater reproductive success.
- I suffer from Morton's Toe, which means that my second toe is longer than my first. Only 10% of the world's population have this condition.
- I've completed a marathon, a feat only accomplished by .10% of Americans.
- I'm the father of three daughters but no sons. I can't find the exact statistics on this but apparently it increases my risk of prostate cancer, wearing nail polish and watching Strawberry Shortcake cartoons.
- My wife is 5'3". This means we have a height differential of more than one foot. That is not normal and it makes it hard to dance together. If you need to visualize this, you should know that, in our relationship, deodorant is more important than breath mints.
- I have a very small neck, 14.5 inches. I know that this is unusual because I can't buy shirts with that size and the proper sleeve length at traditional stores. I have to buy my clothes online. The good news is that my pencil neck decreases my risk for heart disease and sleep apnea.
- I earned a Doctor of Management degree. Only 25% of Americans have graduated from college and about 8% have graduate degrees. Approximately 1-3% have doctorates.
- I'm a nerd. I listen to and read about 50 books per year. My record is 100. Most people don't do this. The average is four books per year. Half of Americans read less than four (27% read none) and the other half read more than four. Many of my fellow nerds are also older and female.
An when you combine all of these rarities, it only adds to my distinctiveness.
What about you? What makes you rare? I'd love to see your list.
Remember that rarity, scarcity and differentiation increase your value. Diamonds and gold are a good example of this principle. They are valuable because they are rare. On the other hand, salt is almost free because there is so much of it.