The Power Of Being A Black Sheep

Natalie MacNeil talks about the power of being a black sheep

Have you ever just wanted to fit in more? Have you ever wished people just got you and understood what you’re all about?

If you’re sitting there thinking yes, then chances are good you’re surrounding yourself with the wrong people.

In today’s episode of She Takes on the World TV, I’m going to talk to you about the power of being a black sheep and why fitting in just might be getting in the way of your success. (Trust me, I’ve got the pantsuits to prove it.)


I’m going to share some hard-earned advice, including how to lovingly set boundaries with well-meaning friends and family who just don’t get it and the number-one thing you must do now to stop feeling like the black sheep in your group, plus one BIG DECISION that made all the difference for me when I was feeling like a total failure at fitting in.


Jim Rohn, an entrepreneur and one of my favorite motivational speakers once said something that really stuck with me…

You really are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.

So my actionable for you, my fabulous black sheep, is to ask yourself: Who am I spending the most time with right now? Are these people raising me up or are they dragging me down? Do I feel understood and accepted or desperate to fit in?


Then take one some small step to find YOUR tribe, like looking for a Meetup in your area, or finding a conference or event where you’re likely to meet like-minded people. Be sure to share what you plan to do in a comment below.

Climb out of your shell a little and I promise – you’re going to find people who feel like your people. There are lots of us out there who can’t wait to meet you and love you just for being you.

Cosmic hugs,

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12 thoughts on “The Power Of Being A Black Sheep

  1. Hi,

    From one black sheep to another … thank you for this video!

    I was 19 when I started in the corporate world in a work-term. I got ridiculous clothes to go with the job. It felt like I was playing dress up.


  2. Can I be a black wolf instead of a sheep? Because I’m going against the crowd. #deepthoughts

    Ok douche-y jokes aside, it is super helpful to find like-minded folks when you’re doing something off-road.

  3. LOVE this Natalie and you’re right, we are the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with… I’m part of a couple of small mastermind groups and they’ve been SO awesome at keeping me accountable and inspiring me to aim higher while still being me.

    Plus, the fact that my husband and I work together is an added bonus:) He is my biggest cheerleader and strongest reality check as well 😉

  4. I love this, Natalie! I’ve always been the black sheep, going against the grain! That’s actually what I help my clients with. I want women to know that they don’t have to play by the “rules” that we “think” we are supposed to. Being a bit of a black sheep can be hugely beneficial to standing out in a crowd of white sheep.

    Not everyone understands me or my mission, but surrounding myself with like-minded people has helped me tremendously. Even these past two weeks I’ve gone to more more networking and entrepreneur events and it felt so good! Just being able to share in each others wins, struggles and being able to help facilitate connections.

    Have a great day!

  5. Amen sister! I’m learning to go against the grain & realise it’s just what makes me a one off individual. A quote I live by … “can’t see the haters with my love glasses on”
    Thanks Nat for instilling how awesome it can be to stand out xo

  6. Amen sister! I’m learning to go against the grain as Lauren stated & realise it’s just what makes me a one off individual. A quote I live by … “can’t see the haters with my love glasses on”
    Thanks Nat for instilling how awesome it can be to stand out xo

  7. Natalie,
    I sometimes do feel like the black sheep with family and friends. I once told a family member my daily plan to eventually reach some of my goals and I was told to be more realistic. I completely understand finding groups of like minded people and collaborating with them. However, family is always going to be there, so how do you deal with friends and family who are always going to be a part of your life, but simply don’t get what you are trying to do?


    Who you are to be, you are now becoming.

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