Do Something Out Of The Ordinary

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. . .
Les Chatfield via Compfight

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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29 thoughts on “Do Something Out Of The Ordinary”

  1. 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 =-.

    1. 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. 😉

  2. 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 =-.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

      2. 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.

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

  3. 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! =-.

    1. 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.

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

  4. Mitch,
    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 =-.

    1. 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?). 😉

      1. 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 =-.

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

  5. 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!

  6. 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.!

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