There's a certain amount of grit to people who, at some point in their lives, have fallen into the categories of "misfit" or "fuckup." Someone who's failed, like, really failed, who's been fired or told they didn't have what it takes—when that person comes out the other side, they are ferociously resilient and unstoppable. And as Jennifer Romolini, author of Weird in a World That's Not: A Career Guide for Misfits, F*ckups, and Failures, sees it, self-identifying, overly anxious weirdos and outcasts might have an advantage over everyone else.
"They tend to think more originally," Romolini tells Sweet. "They tend to be really perceptive and sensitive. Also, I think that they come at things in unexpected ways."
There's a certain amount of grit to Romolini, too. Early in her career, she often felt like she didn't quite belong, that she didn't seem to be anything like the successful people around her. But whenever she didn't know a word or a concept, she looked it up. Whenever someone referenced a book or a movie she didn't know, she read and watched those movies and books.
She built a knowledge base around things that interested her, and in doing so made herself indispensable. Having been editor-in-chief of Yahoo Shine, deputy editor of Lucky, and editor-in-chief of Hello Giggles, it's safe to say that Romolini is one successful misfit. As Romolini writes in the prologue, her book is about "finding your inner tenacity and path, about wanting it and making it happen while remaining true to yourself—even (and especially) if you're weird and the odds seem stacked against you."
Below, Romolini sits on her trampoline and imparts some weirdo wisdom, exclusively for Sweet readers.