I met Leah Shapiro via Twitter and have been a guest on her Defy the Box radio show twice in the last year. We have a very similar perspective on the value of amplifying your unique qualities and she is a great example of someone who flaunts their freak factor. Her story is below . . .
I’ve always been a non-conformist and I’ve never been good at obeying rules or being told what to do. From a very young age it was pretty clear that I knew my own mind and had my own way of doing things. I questioned the rules and the reasons “WHY” I was supposed to do things. This made me a nightmare for my parents. I was told I was selfish, rude and too opinionated. I was grounded for most of my high school years for talking back and not doing as I was told.
I need constant stimulation and I change my mind all the time. I’m always diving deep into something new. Learning what I can and then ditching it for the next bright shiny thing. Some people say that I can’t commit. I say this allows me to experience many different things and ways of living. I know what to keep and what to leave behind as I move on into the next thing.
I’m self-centered and opportunistic. I spend a lot of time focused on my inner process. I am very self aware and know exactly what I need to feel good. I’m not afraid to set things up to serve me and to make my life better. I know that I can have anything that I desire and I’m not afraid to go after it. I pretty much do what I want, when I want, and my life feels very kick-ass!
Creating Defy the Box and being a Kick-Ass Life Coach allows these weaknesses to become my biggest assets. I help powerful, non-conforming souls discover their own path to a meaningful and deeply satisfying life. I teach my clients how to focus inward and identify exactly what they need to thrive and then to custom design their lives to fit them perfectly. Who better to do this than a self-centered opportunistic person? This comes naturally to me, and I’ve spent so much time doing this I’m the perfect one to show you how to do it too. My constant questioning of everything and asking “WHY” is very powerful because it makes my clients examine their motivations and what is behind what they are doing.
This allows them to break free of the expectations and pre-packaged beliefs that are holding them back and keeping them small. I empower my clients to settle for nothing less than a Kick-Ass Life where they are being 100% themselves all the time and fully embracing their unique gifts. It is deeply satisfying to me to witness the growth and expansion that my clients go through.
If you want to learn more about Leah, check out her blog.
If you want to learn more about finding your freak factor, check out the new book.