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Have you ever felt as if you don’t fit into cliques or circles? It always seems like you are an outsider among your group of friends.

This does not mean that you don’t have any friends or you are an introvert – you have lots of friends but not in a clique. Your friends might belong to a clique but it always seems like you are looking in from the outside.

Or maybe you have always felt as if your expertise does not fit into a particular field but across many disciplines. You are not alone. I have always felt that way. I am a development consultant but also very much interested in politics and international relations. I am intelligent enough to know that development does not occur independent of politics. That indeed, politics determines how development works.

That’s one reason why my PhD research is interdisciplinary – I get to do politics and also focus on international development. My research focuses on the legitimacy and accountability of civil society organisations. Despite this background, I have always felt not quite right given that I don’t fit nicely into a particular discipline. Then I came across this TED Talk and learned a new word – Liminal. It simply means sitting across various disciplines.

You are revolutionary. You get to create your own place, your own island if you don’t fit into a continent. You can do many things especially in this day and age. You can wear many hats and shouldn’t feel uncomfortable doing it. That’s how you become a revolutionary, a leader and an innovative person. You are made to stand out not fit in and you shouldn’t feel abnormal. Don’t worry about forcing yourself into cliques where you feel uncomfortable inside. Be you.

Watch this TED Talk from Marianne Cantwell to know more about it.

So yes, you can be a Jack of all trades, master of none but oftentimes better than a master of one.

Watch the TED Talk Here

Ides Ofune

Ides Ofune is currently a PhD Student at the University of Leeds. Her research focuses on civil society and accountability in improving the quality of education. She is the founder of Desert Bloom Initiative and editor of Desert Bloom Advisory. Ides is very passionate about education and creating an inclusive society. She speaks French and English fluently. She can be reached at info@desertbloomadvisory.com