Hey there, friend! Let me tell you a little story about how I discovered my x factor. When I first started studying at MIT, I felt like a complete outsider. I mean, everyone around me was accomplished and successful, and then there was me – an out-of-work decorator with a history of dyslexia. Not exactly the typical student, right?
But then something amazing happened. As I shared my way of 'seeing' data with the other students, they were impressed by my ability to recognize patterns and connections that they couldn't, and I realized that my dyslexia was actually giving me an advantage. As I continued to study data science, I found that my ability to visualize multi-dimensional data sets was something that even experienced data scientists couldn't do easily. It was my x factor – that unique quality that sets me apart from others.
For years, I felt like an outsider. It took years of struggling with dyslexia. Truth be told, I had never known that there was any upside to something that is only explained as a 'Disorder.' I had no example to shape my understanding of the hidden x factor. And though the knowledge is out there, it's in a book. So for a dyslexic, at least for me, a books information is the equivalent of being locked in a vault at the bottom of the sea, under a volcano. (So now you get why I'm still amazed I wrote a book.)
So if you're feeling like you don't fit in or struggling with a setback, difference, or disability, don't give up hope. Your x factor is out there, waiting to be discovered, and it might be hiding in plain sight. It may take time and hard work, but when you find it, it will be something that sets you apart and helps you succeed. Don't be afraid to embrace your differences and find your own unique approach to the world. Who knows, it might just lead you to your own x factor.