Meet Spark. Caught between two worlds, Spark was exactly like every other frog in his pond with one notable exception. Spark emerges from a tadpole with a slight but noticeable orange spot. And this orange spot makes Spark feel uncomfortably different.
What’s more, Spark begins to make a disconcerting observation; when Spark does things which make him feel better (and produce more positive results) the orange spots increase. Spark is left with a difficult decision; be normal, which makes him less conspicuous, or continue doing those things which make him happier, more productive and more orange.
Unfortunately, we don’t have a visible orange spot which can expand and tell us if we are in the right direction.
How then do you stand out in a crowd of 7.8 billion people?
Well, these tips will help
Not more but better work
Most people I know like taking on more work but not for the right reasons.
They want more work because they want to get paid more. More work so they can keep themselves busy. More work which helps them run away from confronting the real problems.
So if you want to stand out, try doing better work.
When you do better work, you don’t have to work long hours but the hours you do work, are the hours where you find yourself in the zone, completely focused. You lose track of time and the outside world and you genuinely care about blowing people away with the quality of your work.
While most financial planners spoke about saving, Ramit Sethi stood out because he decided to talk about investing and earning more.
When electric car companies were going bankrupt, Elon Musk decided to start one
Everybody advised Walt Disney against building theme parks. One trip to the park and you are thankful he didn’t listen.
Most of the population only cares about meeting deadlines. The ones who stand out, do the hard stuff and do it extremely well.