How to bring the X-Factor in your role

I am going to start writing again. This is for myself. I don’t expect anyone to read this. I am trying to rebuild my confidence after having lost and still not regained it, the best way for me to do that is to journal.

I met a banker a few months ago. He was the CEO of a small bank and very engaging.

I expected him to be a banker and meet my perception of bankers – conservative, risk-averse, do-it-by-the-book type of people.

He was all that. What surprised me was he had one other thing.

He was willing to be creative.

His follow up was excellent and he was engaging (asking a lot of questions about my ideas and business, as opposed to only questions related to finance and accounting).

He was an unexpected swan in a river of ducks.

Which is why I enjoyed working with him and respect him a lot.

Which brings me to the point about the X-Factor.

Most people expect you to play a role and fit their “stereotype” when they interact with you.

For e.g. Sales people are “expected” to be outgoing and gregarious. Engineers are “expected” to be introverted and detail-oriented.

What if your X-Factor is that besides having the expectations of the role or title that’s expected, you also have another trait or characteristic that is unexpected?

Like in the banker’s case the ability to think creatively.

Those are the folks who are highly valued, I think.