Misfits, Unite!

Bob Goldman on

Ever get the feeling that you don't belong?

You come to work and do your job, but you can't escape the suspicion that everyone else is different from you.

In a word, you're a misfit.

Now, it could be that everyone else in your office is a misfit, and you're the only normal person. Or it could be that everyone else is normal, and the misfit really is you.

(It could also be possible that Venusians have invaded the bodies of your co-workers, and you are the only one whose superior lack of intelligence lets you resist Venusian mind control. Don't you hate it when this happens?)

Being a misfit does have its advantages. If you want to stand out from the madding crowd, being the unmatched argyle in the sock drawer will do the trick. But if you'd like to blend into the bland background of business, sticking out like a sore -- and weird -- thumb could be a problem.


Which brings us to Jennifer Romolini.

An "editor, writer, speaker and ... author," Romolini recently published "A Misfit's Guide to Navigating the Office" in The New York Times. It's a step-by-step and stumble-by-stumble tutorial well worth our attention.

Your first step? "Embrace Your Weird."

"If you're offbeat," Romolini writes, "you've probably felt that the parts of your personality that seem out of sync are weaknesses you need to overcome."


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