STANDING OUT: Good or Bad? For me… I want to be noticed. If I’m not, then I may as well not be in the room. There are, at least, two types of stand-outs; one would be: “He stands out because he does a super-great job.” Or, another type… he “stands-out” because he’s always in trouble; poor hygiene; dresses peculiar; or he’s a “jack-ass,” and someone ought to “cut him down to size.” I’m a MIXTURE of all of the above. I’ve evolved….over time, to be “me.”
I carry myself such… when I walk into a room, I want to be noticed. I want to be near the end of the line of those walking in… so then, everyone will, if they’re being observant… might notice me. If you’re “not easily noticed,” then something may be wrong.
Also, I like to dress such that I’m more easily noticed. I don’t want to “dress like a banker,” but like I own the bank building. People will remember you if you say something “real stupid,” or even better…if you say something “real smart.” Take the high road…and talk like you “know what you’re talking about,” even when you don’t.
I started out in the business world well behind the 8-ball, with little formal education, a bit of a wall-flower, somewhat mysterious, soft spoken… though not easily intimidated. I HAD to develop a strategy to overcome all of my shortcomings. I worked 60 hours per week, while others worked 35 or 40. I did what others avoided. My style has worked well for me… it may not for you. CAUTION: When you STANDOUT, you must be careful, because you’re “fair-game” for people emulating your style, or ridiculing you for being “too different.” Jealous people will be out to get you.
We are reminded in Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
You see… God doesn’t want us to be “just another cookie” in the bag. He wants us to be “an individual”…to be ourselves. He doesn’t want us to be a “make-over” of someone else. It’s OK to emulate someone… picking up the finer qualities… but don’t be a “rubber-stamp,” or a carbon-copy. Be “the original.” Remember: God made us all different for a reason.
Like valuable mineral deposits…we are valuable because there is “only one exactly like us.” That’s why we, as INDIVUALS, are valuable. The Apostle Paul said: “The man who plants and the man who waters…each have one task.” God has assigned a “special task” for each of us. Unfortunately, many of us go through our entire life, and NEVER know what that task might be. Because… We have lost sight of God… in our everyday life.
I’ve always believed that I was doing what God wanted me to do, but I failed to realize I was doing “it all to please me,” rather than to please God. It has taken me until I was 72 years old to come to the conclusion that God wanted me to “preach the Gospel.” I discovered this FACT when I came to realize that Jesus was “speaking directly to me,” when he said in… Matthew 28:19 – Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.