Embrace Your Inner Geek

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As Dr. Joe Hansen says, “It’s ok to be smart.”

Many people grow up thinking that being a “geek”, or someone who is more into learning, is uncool or lame, when actually, it is just the opposite. Today is National Embrace Your Geekness Day, so in honor of all things geeky, let’s celebrate!

You may be asking, ‘What would make being a geek so cool?’ The answer can be complex, but let’s break it down.

The fact of the matter is, there is a geek that lives in everyone. Every person has a passion or hobby they could talk about for hours: sports, TV shows, video games, comics, cooking, etc. Chances are you know a lot about your passion and can really “geek out” if it’s brought up in conversation.

At the end of the day, knowledge is power. It is cool to know a lot of things and use them to help others. For example, one really cool “geek” is Bill Gates. He is a world famous business leader, entrepreneur, and philanthropist; the co-founder of the world’s largest software business, Microsoft.  He is now one of the richest men in the world – what I would call a “super geek”. Bill Gates was born in Seattle in 1955 and first became interested in software programming at the age of 13. Two years later, at the age of 15, he and his fellow geek friend, Paul Allen, developed their first software program and made an impressive $20,000 for it! See, being a geek pays off!

Lately, it has been cool to be seen as a geek in pop culture. Shows like The Big Bang Theory and an increase in Marvel Comics-inspired shows have elevated geeks to a new level of popularity.

The newest game craze, Pokémon Go, has been infectious across the country as players race to “Catch ‘Em All”. The game that was once seen as geeky is now the hottest thing this summer!

Even some geek-inspired fashion trends have received notoriety and have been labeled as “geek chic”.

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If you’re still not convinced that being a geek is okay, there is a whole TV show dedicated to being smart called, “It’s Okay to Be Smart”. You can watch the episodes online on Youtube by clicking here.

So embrace your inner geek and remember to support other people’s geekness too!

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