Part 2: What Are You On?

Part 2: What’s Wrong With Me?

(Continued from Part 1:

The correct question should have been, “What’s right with me?”  For years, I was disheartened because I felt that something was wrong with me.  I rationalized that it must be something ‘wrong with me’ because I was so different.  I was always so “energized.”  I don’t know if I felt different because I was treated differently or if I was treated differently because I was different.

Thankfully through my personal life experiences, prayer, meditation, vision, wisdom, and communications training I gained a different insight into understanding myself and others.  I now understand more of why I am like I am.  I am what I am and I am proud of it.  Now, when people ask, “What are you on?” I respond proudly and with certitude, “I’M ON PURPOSE!”

Make Lemonade!

I think that being asked that question so often and feeling that I was the odd ball is probably why I gravitated to the type of work I now do. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  I like lemonade.  The motivation work I do inspires people to not be afraid to be different and to “dance to a different drummer.”  Yes, we have to be considerate of others, (I now am aware of my “indoor voice”), but we have to be true to ourselves too.

Choose A Line of Work That Allows You to Be You!

Fortunately, I have chosen a line of work that allows me to be me. My loud voice is an asset in speaking to large groups.  Instead of trying to “fit into” other people’s boxes, we must each strive to “be” who we were created to be.  Sometimes that means conforming, there are times and places where moderating ‘me’ shows respect for others.  Other times it means stepping out.  I stepped out of my limiting boxes and now “I’m on purpose,” and it feels GREAT!

I ’m excited about life because…

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Barbara Talley is a keynote speaker, author of six books, and trainer on value-based living themes.  She also offers Effective Communication, Diversity, Leadership, Time Management, and Goal Setting workshops.  Visit her at or contact her at 301-428-4831.  You may email her at

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