How does one do that? Distinguish oneself from the ordinary?
Is there something special that one needs to do in order to distinguish themselves?
Like in battle and you become a hero?
Like in a fight and you negotiate a peace settlement?
Like in the Olympics and win a gold, silver or bronze metal?
Is it hard? Harder than remembering to brush your teeth or mind your little sibling when out and about with your parents?
What is that one particular something that can distinguish you from remaining or being ordinary?
What is it?
Is there such a word? If not, there should be. Being distinguished. Becoming Distinguished. In my mind’s eye, it’s all the same. Being distinguished does not mean wearing a scarf around your neck and being upper British with an accent. To become distinguish is to prove yourself. To go beyond the norm and do something that sets you apart from what everyone else is doing.
To become distinguished to to ‘take a leap of faith’ that you’re doing something that will help your fellow man or woman. It means that you’re willing to take a ‘risk’ when playing it safe is no longer your norm. It means that you’re willing to stand out from the crowd and say, “Here I am. Come and get me.”
It means all that stuff.
How does one do it?
To become distinguished is to place yourself in the ‘paths of giants.’ People who can help you further along the road. To lift you up. To mentor you. To further educate yourself. To learn new ideas – progress along a new road that no one else has taken. When I first started to distinguish myself from the ordinary, it was scary. No one did that type of stuff back in the early 2006. Let me reframe that. No woman started a radio station. It just wasn’t done. Woman were hosts or weather woman, but not an entrepreneur who did technie things.
We’ve come a long ways baby, and still got many a mile to cover in today’s world especially where there are certain men who are all too eager to put us back in our places. Maybe, they should stay home and tend the children while we go out and conquer the world.
However, the point is, that in lots of industries today there are still male-dominated areas where women are very few and far between working in them. That was the situation back in the early 2000, very few and far between women. In fact, only 33 percent of women work as managers in the radio business. Something I wanted to change. So I distinguished myself and did something about it.
I didn’t plan on it. I didn’t say, today I’m going to distinguish myself from the ordinary. Nope, I just went out and did it and thought nothing about it. And, that’s what you do when you want to distinguish yourself from the ordinary.
To raise yourself above the commons below you. You perform a certain act and see where it leads you. One step at a time. One foot in front of the other. All of these known words and phrases add up one at a time.
You do the same thing with distinction. It creeps up on you until you are shining example to all the other ladies or men below you.
So, the next time something out of the ordinary happens to you, remember you’re setting the stage for ‘distinguishing yourself from the ordinary!’