Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Standing Up Standing Out

Ever notice that the movie you wanted to rent or the book you wanted to check out at the library are always gone. Or that the Gilato flavor you waited in line for is sold out when it's your turn? Or that the shoes in your size are always in short supply, and the only flavor of hummus that you like at the grocery store is always the flavor that's the most popular.

The reason is that people are more alike than different. Human nature and the way we react to advertising and our environment is pretty predictable. But before you get all whiny about it, remember this: No one is exactly alike either.

Your fingerprints, your DNA, your eye patterns and color are unlike any other person on this earth. No one will ever feel, see, or experience life exactly like you. Those things alone make you pretty special!

Problem is there are so many people in this great big world of ours, that it's hard to stand out. Competition is higher than at any other time in history. You may want to be the greatest writer, artist, entrepreneur, or tech wiz in the world, but how are you going to shine?

When we're learning a new skill, most of us "ape" the professionals. We model the success of others and try to copy or mimic their skills. So how do we stand out or differentiate ourselves from the rest? How do we find our own voice? Our own look? Our own approach?

Find out what makes you tick! What is it that gives your life joy and enthusiasm? Remember that your unique experience and perspective are unlike any other person in the world. Find out what you're passionate about, and then run with it! Apply your skills to what you love and then hope for the best. And Good luck!

Don't forget to enter my "WITH THESE HANDS" contest featuring a child or children. See rules, deadlines, and prizes below.