Every Thursday, Leda Glyptis, 11:FS Chief of Staff creates #LedaWrites. This week she turns her attention to why you’re not so special, call to actions and why mama didn’t lie…exactly.

Everyone had the potential to be anything and everything when they were young. When your mother told you that you were special as a child she wasn’t lying. But being special doesn’t mean ignoring change. Special does things. It’s a call to action, to do the things that matter rather than sitting on the sidelines. For all of those who say they’re exempt from being digital because they’re an investment bank, spent a lot on old IT technology or are retiring soon. You’re not special and you’re not exempt.

Having options is great. It keeps you from having to commit to anything and getting the best of everything. In theory. In practice, it’s awfully expensive and with more technology coming down the pipeline having every choice available isn’t going to get any cheaper. More than that, having those options leaves you without focus and without progress. Playing with every cool new toy just creates an army of people who are de-skilling themselves.

Choose something and get good at it. It’s difficult to learn how to dance, but it’s a necessary step if you decide you want to be a dancer. You’ll fail often and learn from your mistakes but eventually you’ll be brilliant. The same thing applies to developing a new product. It’s messy and awkward at first but eventually you’ll get through it. That’s what it means to be special.

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