By the time Elaine Aron had published her landmark book, “The Highly Sensitive Person,” I was already 26 years-old and had accepted the mainstream lie that I should be ashamed of, and resistant to, my high sensitivity. Today, thanks to personal growth and self-acceptance, I no longer apologize for my keen nervous system. Au contraire. I’m grateful to have more bandwith, more receptivity, more processing power. Well, most days, anyway :-) And I’m teaching myself how to convert work-angst into work-joy.
Whether you’re HSP, INFP, empathic, or some other expression of heightened sensitivity and awareness, the internet offers us some of the most suitable — and profitable — outlets for our unique gifts. Here’s why:
1. We like to focus. Our long attention spans and insatiable curiosity help us to develop wide ranges of knowledge and expertise. The attention-deficient world we live in marvels at our ability to keep our minds wrapped around an idea, subject or task for hours on end. This is an asset for us to leverage.
2. We like to create. Our robust inner life often manifests in very beautiful, enlivening expressions. Rather than repeat and report what has already been done before, we are far more likely to present fresh, original material. Inspiration and imagination are natural states in which we reside. This is an asset for us to leverage.
3. We like to heal/help. Our compassion and tenderheartedness leads us to find ways to heal ourselves and others. Because our ‘skin’ is not tough and calloused, we feel and perceive subtleties that others overlook. Or ignore. We know how to skillfully respond to hurts, and this is an asset for us to leverage.
These assets lend themselves particularly well to niche websites — online businesses that fuse our passions and interests with others’ needs and desires.
In its simplest form, niche = “to nest”. A nest, of course, is a place of refuge to hold an animal’s eggs and/or provide a place to raise their offspring.
Have you been thinking about ways to create your ideal work, or your ideal work environment? Have you been trying to figure out the best place to store your creative, entrepreneurial eggs? If so, SBI is an option for you to consider.
P.S. (Added 11.26.08) – When I wrote the above posting one week ago, I had no idea that it would be a gateway into what may very well turn out to be my life’s work:
It’s under construction right now, but will go live very soon — before the end of this year is my intent. Please stay tuned! (IT’S NOW LIVE!) I am totally committed to giving Sensitive People the vocational help I have been so desperate to find for myself.
With Much Love,