Are You a Rebel? Four Signs To Know

“Why rebel if there is nothing permanent in oneself worth preserving?” — Albert Camus

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I always say that I coach talented and driven individuals, who feel there’s an inkling of rebellion in them. They might not identify as a rebel or feel like a rebel, but deep down they are one. So, what does it mean to be a rebel?

When thinking about rebellion, we tend to imagine insurgency in troubled times, brave people who are part of revolutions, or culturally quirky people who don’t abide by social norms.

That’s the image, but beneath it, there’s a rebel mindset.

So, how do you know if you’re a rebel?

1. If you have ever stood up for yourself in a toxic work environment and refused to allow it to destroy your self-worth, then you are a rebel.

2. If you have strong values and it really bothers you when others don’t operate with fairness, then you are a rebel.

3. If you’re looking at the world around you and can imagine better possibilities for yourself and others, then you are a rebel.

4. If you are trying to preserve joy, creativity, and beauty in your life despite working in an intensive corporate job that drains you, then you are a rebel.

Every single time you do not let yourself be squashed by external circumstances — no matter how hard it is or how little you preserve of yourself — you are a rebel.

Every single time you say “no” to something, you say “yes” to something else.

So, what are you going to say no to in order to allow more space to say yes to the things you truly want?

Coach — Career and Work Transformation | PhD Researcher | Facilitator

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