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We Need Differences;
We Need Each Other

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It may be a bit early to be talking about snow, but I live in Colorado and I have a huge passion for winter. Therefore; in my mind it is partially acceptable.

As most of us know, every snowflake is unique. There is not a single snowflake that is the same as another. In that sense, snowflakes are like you and me. You are the only one in the entire world that exists. Yes, there may be people very similar to you, but there is not one person out there exactly like you.

I believe there is so much beauty in this fact. When you look at someone individually, there is so much beauty, both inside and out. This goes along with snowflakes; when you take the time to look, each snowflake is beautiful in its own way.

One of the ways we differ as humans is the way we communicate. While you and everyone else have their own style of personal communication, there are three critical areas that make up our styles. These areas are: how you process your environment, how you build ideas into reality, and how you influence others.

We are naturally attracted to people who are similar to ourselves; therefore we usually surround ourselves with those people. When people are different in these areas, it creates tension. As a result, we often judge others and push them away, limiting our effectiveness.

In reality, we need to work with people who are different from us, in order to reach our goals and fully implement and innovate. Differences can complement each other, especially in the workplace, if we learn to understand them. If we don’t take the time to do this, which is common, we judge and then we lose that ability to be great together.

Again, back to the snowflakes – they are beautiful by themselves, but together, they are breathtaking. If you’re going skiing, what do you need? A bunch of snow all put together. Same with making a snowman, a snow fort, anything snow-related:  the snowflakes work together to create something greater.

The same goes for people. The people who are different from us? We need them to complement each other and create something greater. Without that, we will never truly reach our potential. The key to true innovation is understanding our differences, adapting, and collaborating. Without communicating with others and influencing them, we usually cannot leverage our ideas and innovate the way we should.

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