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Do Something Out Of The Ordinary

Posted by on Aug 1, 2009

I always say I write about topics that maybe others have covered, but in a way that hopefully helps me stand out from the crowd. I believe that if I can continue doing that sort of thing that, one day, the masses are going to discover me and think that they just have to tell everyone else about me, and then I’ll achieve all the things I want in life.

Red sails in the. . .
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That may or may not happen, but reality says that doing something out of the ordinary will help you to stand out from the crowd. It works towards making you memorable, and unless it’s a picture where you’ve fallen asleep in the street with your clothes off and a dog urinating on your head, being memorable isn’t such a bad thing.

It’s a strange thing to consider, especially when sometimes just showing up makes me stand out of the ordinary. Being black in a predominantly white town often means I’m the only dark face in the crowd, or maybe one of only a few. Back in the 70’s & 80’s it made the kind of impact where people wanted to meet me. These days, sometimes people go out of their way to act like I’m not there; how does that work?

Nope, being the only minority in the building isn’t enough to make one anything special these days. It takes something more just to get people talking to you. I haven’t mastered this one yet but I understand its importance to my career and social life. At least I think about it often enough.

It’s not just anyone that’s ready to try standing out from the crowd on purpose. It often takes one of two things; confidence or idiocy. Sometimes the lines are blurred. Confidence is writing a book and putting it out to the world saying “look what I did”. Idiocy is putting honey on your genitals, having a friend toss a bunch of fire ants into your underwear and filming the results; that video actually exists on YouTube.

Whichever way one determines to become famous (or infamous), it may or may not work. For all the effort it takes to write a book, lots of people have written books. Not all that many have intentionally had an encounter with fire ants (thank goodness). Yet, which one offers the possibility of long term success and admiration if a break comes?

It’s with that in mind that I offer the video below. This couple not only created a memory that everyone at their wedding will remember forever, but it went viral and has given joy to millions of others on the internet. What will you do to try to stand out from the crowd and be extraordinary today?


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I just loved this video and it went well with your article. In this world we live in we need to do things out of the ordinary. We need to stand out and not be afraid of what people will say. Do things that are memorable and out of the ordinary. This couple will have a very good memory of the this special day. I know the guest have something to talk about. This will be a day they will not forget.
.-= Tally´s last blog ..Holistic Approach to Depression =-.

August 1st, 2009 | 1:39 PM

Thanks for your comment, Tally. It’s a lot of fun to watch, and it is memorable. I try every day to find something to put online that someone else might find memorable. One of these days, I just might get there. 😉

August 1st, 2009 | 2:41 PM
Doug Dillard:

Hi Mitch… that is an awesome video and good post. One of our goals is to eventually make our blog and ourselves stand out like that, but now are just working at building a bunch of quality content. Then we plan to to do some crazy stuff to stand out from the crowd. Hopefully it will work. I really like your site by the way! Keep up the good work.
.-= Doug Dillard´s last blog ..Why Comment on =-.

August 1st, 2009 | 6:43 PM

Thanks Doug. I really work on quality content all the time, though there are times when I just want to give good information also. But stand out; my long term goal.

August 1st, 2009 | 9:23 PM

Yeah, that was a top video, one that I even shared with the wife, and I don’t usually share the videos I watch with the wife, if you know what I mean lol
.-= Sire´s last blog ..July Stats Up Thanks To Commission Junction =-.

August 1st, 2009 | 8:44 PM

Yeah, I know what you mean, Sire; you bad boy! lol But this one was spectacular.

August 1st, 2009 | 9:24 PM

OK, both of the subscribe to comments are ticked, so let’s see if this works.
.-= Sire´s last blog ..July Stats Up Thanks To Commission Junction =-.

August 1st, 2009 | 10:17 PM

Okay, let’s see what happens now.

August 1st, 2009 | 10:26 PM

Yay, it works. I wonder if anyone else was having problems? At least you know know which one was defective as far as I was concerned….damn Aussies 😀
.-= Sire´s last blog ..Noel Biderman Vs Top Sexual Aids =-.

August 1st, 2009 | 10:31 PM

Actually, I still don’t know which one was defective, so I’m going to leave them both there, then we’ll see. But I know you weren’t the only one, because I just ran some tests, and I wasn’t getting the messages either. What’s odd is that it’s working on my other two blogs, so I’m not sure why it’s not working on its own with this blog. Always something. Thanks for testing it for me.

August 1st, 2009 | 10:34 PM

No worries mate. Still I would have thought that the one you just activated would be the good one and the one that was activated would be the faulty one?
.-= Sire´s last blog ..July Stats Up Thanks To Commission Junction =-.

August 2nd, 2009 | 1:47 AM

I don’t know which is which, Sire. I don’t know how to turn one off, but I know how to turn on the extra one.

August 2nd, 2009 | 11:08 AM

Wouldn’t you just deactivate it to turn it off?
.-= Sire´s last blog ..Your Chance At Achieving SEO Mastery =-.

August 3rd, 2009 | 2:17 AM

That’s just it; I couldn’t find it to know where to turn it off. All I did was add something new.

August 3rd, 2009 | 11:55 AM

I don’t think I’m an ordinary person, so I’m definitely not going to do ordinary things… haha

On vacation this past week, I got to thinking about my blog and how it started as just a place for me to vent and have fun and be myself… and then I thought about how serious it has gotten at times and how that caused me to get burned out at my own blog!

I need to get back to being me… Mr Unordinary! haha
.-= Jake´s last blog ..It’s Friday – Beach Bums is What we Are! =-.

August 1st, 2009 | 11:04 PM

Well, let’s go for it, Jake. I like to think I’m doing something out of the ordinary, but I’m not so sure all the time. I know I don’t always write about the same stuff everyone else does, but I also haven’t broken away from the pack, which tells me that, in most eyes, I’m still ordinary.

August 2nd, 2009 | 11:09 AM

haha… well I enjoy what mixing up you do on this blog.. Just come on out of your shell and let ‘er rip tater chip! haha
.-= Jake´s last blog ..It’s Friday – Beach Bums is What we Are! =-.

August 3rd, 2009 | 5:48 PM

That’s part of what I’m about, Jake. Always trying to keep things interesting around here.

August 3rd, 2009 | 7:41 PM

Because you hang out with certain people – that makes you Unordinary. I won’t mention names. *whispers* it might hurt Sire’s feelings.

I agree that many people just do the same thing everyone else does – over & over & over. I’d name those people but, I don’t remember who they are.

I wrote a post on the forum the other day that – Not everyone will like you & that is OK. To build trust & authority you must be a real person with your own style.

Now keep perking it up & have a bit of fun. Show the side that others won’t. Maybe dye your hair pink & where sequined pants?! 😉
.-= Sheryl Loch´s last blog ..Public or Private Group Pages Similar to Twitter =-.

August 4th, 2009 | 12:56 AM

Thanks Sheryl. Unfortunately, the pink hair and sequined pants won’t fly with my wife, though I’m not scared of her (is she reading this?). 😉

August 4th, 2009 | 9:30 AM

I wouldn’t let my husband do it either that is why I thought you should. 😉

Make sure your wife knows how to post pics here – just in case you ever do decide to wear the hot pants. She will want the support of her peers before she goes to court for wacking you with a frying pan & placing you in the asylum.
.-= Sheryl Loch´s last blog ..Public or Private Group Pages Similar to Twitter =-.

August 4th, 2009 | 1:27 PM

My wife is technology challenged; she doesn’t even know how to find this blog, and I added it to her bookmarks toolbar! lol

August 4th, 2009 | 4:54 PM

hey Sheryl, you mean extraordinary, don’t you 😀
.-= Sire´s last blog ..Your Chance At Achieving SEO Mastery =-.

August 4th, 2009 | 3:02 AM

Umm, yes that was the word I wanted.

I should have said hanging with you makes people Extraordinary because you are unordinary (you are a bit unconventional).

There, now it’s fixed.;)
.-= Sheryl Loch´s last blog ..Public or Private Group Pages Similar to Twitter =-.

August 4th, 2009 | 1:33 PM

I’m at a loss for words, and for me that’ saying something. :D,
.-= Sire´s last blog ..Your Chance At Achieving SEO Mastery =-.

August 5th, 2009 | 4:35 AM

I really liked this video. A friend of mine showed it to me a couple weeks ago and I thought it was hilarious! What a great idea! It definitely makes things a bit more exciting. Thanks for posting this!

August 14th, 2009 | 11:58 AM

Thanks for your comment, BSB. I’m glad you enjoyed it, as so many other people have.

August 14th, 2009 | 12:04 PM
Mesmerize Designs:

Nice video perfect fits with your article i really enjoy reading your article and watching video also its kind of funny. i love to go to these wedding where ladies wear different jewellery. i like it alot thanks for post.!

July 23rd, 2010 | 8:34 AM

Thank you; I’m glad you enjoyed it, as I do also.

July 23rd, 2010 | 9:01 AM