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My Most Annoying Childhood Quality Became My Talent In Adulthood

Who would've thought the kid everyone hated would become the adult everyone loved?


Recently, I came across a TED Talk by Josh Shipp describing a handful of adults that became successful by utilizing their "most annoying trait" in childhood. In his talk, he mentions that he was one of those kids.

He was the class clown who was always disrupting the class and annoying the ever-living criminy out of his teacher. Rather than constantly punishing him for a trait that clearly wasn't going away, she redirected him and gave him an opportunity to put his "annoying trait" to good use.

She had him sign up for the debate team, which sparked his interest right away. He went on to be a successful motivational speaker and a well-rounded, happy adult.

Recently, I realized I had a talent for stand-up comedy. I performed at an open mic night last month, and I just got my very first gig. I've had many people tell me I belong on stage (shoutout to K).

This got me thinking, "Were there any tell-tale signs in childhood that should've pointed me towards comedy/performance?"

Answer: Yes.

After hearing the stories of many successful performers, especially those who do comedy, we all had one specific trait in common: We were all labeled as the "weird, annoying" kids.

Growing up, I was always described as weird, annoying, goofy, strange, silly, energetic, crazy, off-the-wall, antsy, etc.

I was always making jokes that were never funny (at least to others), I never paid attention in class, I was always making weird voices when I talked to the teachers, and I was always labeled the "problem kid."

The principal had my mom on speed dial.

Getting me to sit still was like getting a newborn to do calculus. It ain't happening, Karen, so let it go.

Eventually, my mom saw a certain "something" in my antics that could've pointed to a hidden talent. Either that or she couldn't take it anymore.

She pushed me to join the theatre at school, but I was too shy for the longest time.

Eventually, I found my confidence and enrolled myself in theatre.

During my Senior year, I was blessed with the best teacher I've ever had to this day. She encouraged me in everything I did, and she saw through my annoying exterior and found my talent (even though I'm sure there were many times she was done with my shenanigans).

She realized I was a comedian even before I did.

In class, she would always emphasize how drama was easier than comedy, which I could never agree with. I had to work three times as hard as my classmates when we did dramatic acting.

Comedic acting came easier to me than basic addition. Sarah plus comedy equals perfect.

She set the tone for my comedy career, and my professor furthered it once I came to college.

After being offered a Research Assistant position for my Spanish professor, she realized I had other talents other than academics. Like my Theatre teacher, she saw the comedian in me.

She's given me more opportunities than I can even count!

I just performed my first comedy routine in the Woodlands recently, and I look forward to continuing on with my career.

I now realize my childhood qualities were precursors to my current talent.

My inability to sit/stand still help me with my physical comedy, such as using large gestures, running all over the stage and occasionally throwing myself on the floor (as you do).

My habit of making a joke out of literally everything allowed me to be observant and make a comedy routine out of just about anything.

The best comedians are those who can make anything funny, including the kitchen sink!

If it weren't for the adults in my life who saw something special in me and harnessed my talent, I would still be the "annoying" kid with no direction.

I am the comedian I was born to be because of them, and I can't thank them enough for what they've done for me!

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20 Fun Facts To Use When Introducing Yourself

As we embark on the semester, we are put on the spot in order to share interesting details about ourselves. This article discloses possible fun facts to tell others!

After experiencing my first week of classes, I have learned that every student needs a handy-dandy list of fun facts about themselves to tell other people. Many professors use the first couple of classes to learn about their students, so you may need to think about who you are and how you want to introduce yourself to your professor and classmates. We all have that one go-to interesting fact about ourselves, but sometimes you just have to mix it up!

1. My favorite hobby is...

What do you do in your free time? Personally, I love to stay active! I am a competitive Latin dancer and enjoy teaching and taking Zumba classes, going to the gym, and hiking.

2. I love...

Is there something, someone, or somewhere that you love? What makes your heart ache? What do you miss when it's gone? I can say that I love my friends because I feel my most confident when I'm surrounded by those who love and support me.

3. I look up to...

Is there someone you adore? Who mesmerizes you? Who do you wish to learn from? After watching "A Ballerina's Tale," I discovered Misty Copeland. In 2015 she became the first African American ballet dancer to become the Female Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre. Her passion, grace, and strength continuously motivate me to better myself as an athlete and an individual.

4. This art speaks to me because...

Coco Chanel said, "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." This encourages me to always follow my heart no matter what. I will never follow society's standards and norms because they do not define me. Chanel's saying definitely influences my character and lifestyle.

5. A funny and/or embarrassing memory of me is...

When you make others laugh they want to spend time and make memories with you! Don't be afraid to embarrass yourself. You will come off as down to earth, easy-going, and loyal.

6. My siblings or lack thereof influenced me by...

I can go on and on about my brother, who is 10 years older than I. We have opposite personalities and despite the age gap, we're quite close.

7. My pet(s) are my life because...

Only sad people don't like hearing about furry creatures, even if your pets are slimy and slithering creatures all human beings enjoy hearing pet tales!

8. I'm afraid of...

Your personality can be revealed by your likes and dislikes, including the things that you fear. I am terrified of change and the unknown, hence, the future is an anxiety-inducing topic to discuss for me.

9. I am the way I am because...

What have you gone through in life that has shaped you into who you are today? Remember to be open minded and allow yourself to open up to your peers. You may be surprised by how others respond and/or what others have endured as well.

10. The most unusual item that can be found in your dorm...

This is a fun fact about yourself that can easily liven up an awkward conversation. Think about your quirks and differences! One item I have in my dorm is my teddy bear, Peter, whom I like to joke is my boyfriend.

11. My dream job is...

In college, "What's your major?" is a widespread question. Nonetheless, skip the boring statement of "I'm majoring in..." and go in depth on what your dream job is (hopefully your major factors in to this dream of yours).

12. My hidden talents are...

Angelina Jolie is a knife thrower. Kendall Jenner can produce bird noises. Amanda Seyfried can crochet and knit. Is there anything special you can do? Some people have rare and unique talents, maybe you can think of some hidden talents of your own!

13. My guilty pleasure is...

I will say it a million times: don't be shy when introducing yourself to new people! I'll start by divulging my guilty pleasure: Youtube's family vlogging channel, "OKBaby"!

Check them out:

14. Some activities on my bucket list are...

This is an easy way to grab people's attention and find others with similar desires as you. Be an adventurer! Go out of your comfort zone!

15. Talk about your best friend...

How would your best friend describe you? What do you love to do with your best friend?

16. Talk about an accomplishment of yours...

You are incredible and have achieved so much! Reveal something that you are proud of — show off a little!

17. This one time at my job...

Bosses breathing down your neck. Curious coworkers asking personal questions. Cursing customers who never leave you alone. Your job can be filled with tons of hilarious situations that can easily entertain a crowd.

18. During the summer...

Any scars with stories? Any summer flings? Any lessons learned from the tanning too long? Now that summer is over, disclose memories that can leave positive impressions on others.

19. I volunteer at...

Do you do any community service? Share a funny moment while you were volunteering. What did you learn while there? Would you continue?

20. [blank] is meaningful to me because...

What do you appreciate in life? What brightens your day? What makes you fall in love? What does someone have to do to make you smile?

Finally, remember to be outgoing! Reveal that three-mile smile and open your arms to learning about others. Spread smiles, love, and happiness.

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What It's Like Being An Introverted Leader

Different people lead differently.


When you think of the qualities a leader or someone in a leadership position should have, being out-going is often mentioned. However, I don't think that always has to be the case. I've been a part of many different leadership opportunities and programs, yet I'm still the same socially awkward hermit I've always been. Being out-going and extroverted doesn't qualify someone to be a good leader, just like being shy and introverted makes you a bad one, it's about your skills.

When I went to a leadership program at a summer camp, I often heard that I didn't talk very much or I was too quiet and shy for a summer camp entertaining kids, I should have been more talkative. I'd also get a few counselors coming up to be that when they were in the same program I was in, they were also the same things I was and not to worry about it. Even now, I'm still quite and relatively shy person, but that doesn't discredit my ability to be a good leader, or anyone else's.

In my high school ASB (Associated Student Body) class, we took a fun personality test to find out what kind of leaders we were; someone who likes to be in charge, be in the spotlight, more organized, or stay in the background. I got someone who likes to be in the spotlight, which was a surprise to me too, but thinking about it, it makes sense. I'm not overly out-going, but given the right motivation, I don't mind going up to people and striking up a conversation.

I can also say that at some point I have possessed all four of these personalities or traits over the course of my different leadership roles. The reason I'm even bringing this personality test up is that it definitely shows that there are different types of leaders out there, and not all of them have to be extraverted. I tried to find the one I took but couldn't find the exact one, but if you're interested there are a ton of different ones out there.

Over time, I've learned and worked on many valuable skills, like conflict resolution, time management, actually listening to what others have to say, and more. I keep myself up to date with my surroundings and what's going on in the world, and I still meet and hang out with people, when I have time. People grow and learn on their own pace, we should let them without overly critiquing them.

In the end, whether someone is out-going or not shouldn't determine the ability they have to be a good leader, sure in some cases it's better to more extraverted, but it's not a make or break trait. So long as they have their mind in the right place and know how to handle different tasks and situations, it doesn't matter.

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