I feel that, because I’m bipolar, I have the need to prove myself more than others. It doesn’t help that people have a preconceived notion that those living with bipolar are incapable of doing an awesome job at work or on a team, or even being trusted with an important task. But, I’m not complaining because I use this as motivation to prove those people wrong.
Let me first start off by saying, the next time someone doesn’t think you can get the job done right, you should use their words as motivation and get it done better than anyone else can. Not only are you doing yourself justice by proving you can achieve anything, but you also are shedding a positive light on everyone living with bipolar disorder.
Awesome #2 – It Pushes Me to Work Harder Than Others
Over the years, I’ve started to spend more time working because I worry if I don’t work harder than others, the same opportunities won’t present themselves anymore because I’m bipolar. As a matter of fact, I feel my long hours and the way I stress over the smallest details has made me sort of a perfectionist.
Here’s the thing: I could be wrong thinking that I won’t have the same type of opportunities as others because I’m bipolar. But, then again, being a perfectionist is a good thing; I’d rather be the person who gets things done right and outshines others doing the same type of work. I want to be completely transparent and tell you that when I started to focus on the quality of work and started aiming for perfection (nothing less), I did get a lot more opportunities come my way.
Question: Do you feel because you’re bipolar that you must work harder than others? Do you feel that when you’re trusted with a job and it’s not done right, people automatically think it wasn’t because you’re bipolar?
To be honest with you…
I personally feel like having bipolar has worked against me and I need to prove myself in ways that others who don’t have this condition need to. It’s just the way I feel and I embrace it because it pushes you to work harder and, in my case, strive for perfection. This way, I’ll get it done the first time around and won’t need another opportunity to get it right. Sometimes, the second opportunity doesn’t even come.
Many of you will not agree that constantly pushing yourself to work harder is a good thing, but everyone is different and it’s brought more positive changes in my life than negative. It really comes down to the type of person you are, and whether your current way of doing things has made significant positive changes in your life.
So, here are some thoughts I would like to share with all of you. Changing the way I feel about bipolar has changed my life for the better. As far as my work is concerned, I do consider myself a very hard-working guy. I feel I need to if I’m going to succeed in what I’m doing. 🙂
First, bipolar disorder is something that’s a part of you. And when you accept this thought, you’ll stop letting it slow you down. It’s only when you fight with the notion of having to live with bipolar that everyday activities become harder for you to handle.
Secondly, it’s important to recognize living with bipolar disorder is awesome because it helps you understand things about yourself you never would have learned. It pushes you to understand and conquer some of the biggest challenges in your life. This alone is one of the best ways to improve yourself in all aspects of your life.
Because I wasn’t getting too many job opportunities or I would have a hard time keeping my job, I was forced to start my own business. It pushed me to work hard at finding creative ways to find work online and to network with other bloggers. I had no other choice because someone needs to pay the bills…right?
Let’s all thank bipolar disorder for making us hard-working human beings. Let’s thank bipolar for pushing us to work harder and achieve the things we’re passionate about. However, it’s only when you recognize bipolar to be an asset, not a liability, that you can work hard at achieving your dreams. Bipolar has pushed me to work harder at achieving mine…now that’s awesome!
How about you? Let me know…
Do you feel because you’re bipolar that you must work harder than others? Do you feel that when you’re trusted with a job and it’s not done right, people automatically think it wasn’t because you’re bipolar?