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Wow, the pic is you as Snake eyes. Funny, even with seeing your face, the body language is the same. Awesome that you'd share that.

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In a way or another we are all misfits, it's just a matter to develop the sensibility to recognize the same kind of misfit that you are.

Must have been an amazing experience, congrats!

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I agree. It becomes a quest not so much to fit in as it is to find that group of people where you can enjoy a sense of mutual appreciation and enjoyment.

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One's real value first lies in to what degree and what sense he set himself. of course we need to fit in the big condition of the society, but meanwhile, we need to keep our own pecular perspectives.

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Great post Simon! I totally agree with you on this, and believe this can also apply to the business word. For instance, the goal when looking for a job should be to find a company (group) in which we can fit, and the same should apply to companies when they are looking for new staff. If more of us would take this into consideration we would have more people doing what they love, and companies would have happy people working for them and producing more.

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In a way or another we are all misfits, it's just a matter to develop the sensibility to recognize the same kind of misfit that you are.

Must have been an amazing experience, congrats!

Arne Tietz

It's kind of a neurological thing, a biological inherited feeling and behaving. We are used to live in communities for 10,000s of years and it was really important for us to know where we belong (and who does not belong to the group for the reason of security). Those who were able to cooperate, who like to belong to a group cause they know (feel) that they are getting more done being a group, are those who survived and so giving their genes to the next generation.

I'm a psychologist, a software-technologist, a trainer for argentine-tango, a coach and have other roles too. And I like it belonging to each of these groups. The people in a group are thinking, feeling and behaving in quite the same way as I do. So I feel home (and secure) in each of them.
And, as you mentioned, I can be as I AM. And that gives me a feeling of easiness.

Roisin Markham

Great post Simon. Love the photo.
As a child I was always different. As a teenager it was almost too much to bear. Now I realize those oddities set me apart and I relish it. It is what makes me exactly who I am.
Owning that has taken many years. I love that social media lets me find stories like this.

PeterPaluska

Yes, well stated!

I agree. It becomes a quest not so much to fit in as it is to find that group of people where you can enjoy a sense of mutual appreciation and enjoyment.

Thanks as always, Simon!

Peter

Veda Horner

Your article is so true.
When I travelled to South Africa and Australia in 08 by myself I felt so alone, but when I met someone from Canada like I am it was as if were instant friends.
I never really thought about until you had mentioned it in your book.
It takes alot of courage to follow your heart and I think that is great. How Boring life would be if all us humanes dressed and acted the same.

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I played this game often, but for me, our creativity never stretched past trying to figure out what animal we would be. I'm still un-decided on the matter.

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Don't know if you've seen the documentaries about Trekkies, but I have to assume it's the same thing - feeling like you belong. It's why people join the military, go to church...

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Wow, the pic is you as Snake eyes. Funny, even with seeing your face, the body language is the same. Awesome that you'd share that.

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The question is: did you get into any sword fights while you were there?

Mark Morris

This post makes me so happy! I've been a big fan of yours Simon since I caught you on a TED talk. I went to GENCON, a gaming convention in Indianapolis, the last couple of years and had a very similar experience. It's nice to see you can be a gamer or cosplayer and still be successful in "mainstream" life.

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