Posted by Mitch Mitchell 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.
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?