Who would miss you if you were gone?

Reevaluate your comfort zone.

Align your comfort zone with the behaviour that makes you successful.

“We assume that what makes us comfortable also makes us safe.” — Seth Godin

The things that make you comfortable, are not the things that make you successful. So you need to align your comfort zone with the right things (such as your identity, your mindset, and your actions) that put you in the position to succeed.

It’s your turn to stand out.

It’s your turn to be missed if you’re gone.

What are the attributes and the behaviours that make you indispensable?

#1) Being human.

#1) Being remarkable.

#1) Creating immense value that changes the recipient.

(In this list, everything is equally important. If you skip a step, none of it works.)

#1) Being human.

You’re not a sheep, you’re a human. Remember that! You need to retain your individuality — especially if you’re part of a group or a company. A group (or an organisation, or a nation) thrives not when all its members agree with the most vocal leader(s), but when its members disagree and discuss on issues until they, together, reach the most satisfying result. Therefore, members of any association need to be encouraged (and need to be brave) to express each of their individual opinions. The more input, the greater the quality of the outcome.

Part of being human is doing things in our own, unique way. Different people respond differently to the same external stimuli. Some people are more practical (and more logical), others are more action oriented (and fast paced). There are those who can be described as social (that like to be around people for no reason), and others who can be seen as emotional (and sensitive). The most successful people use what they already possess, instead of wishing they were somebody else, or worse, acting like somebody else. Self-awareness plays a very important role in being more authentic, and the people who possess this ability are indispensable because of it.

#1) Being remarkable.

Our individuality is what sets us apart, but it is also what puts as ahead of others. “Just because you think you are not unique, it doesn’t mean that it’s true. Think of it this way: before you were born, and after you will cease to exist, there will never be another you. Ever. That is how unique your existence is. That is how unique your story is.” (David So — @DavidSoComedy)

One of the worst things you can do is to become romantic about the way you do things / about the things you did that worked in the past. Being remarkable is having the ability to abandon the strategy that worked yesterday, and to commit to doing it better each and every single day.

Don’t flatter yourself. Take the focus off of you. It’s not about you. It’s about the person you’re doing it for. If you’re selling me this product, it doesn’t matter how good you think it is, all it matters is how good I think it is. And an average doesn’t cut it.

“Being noticed is not the same as being remarkable. Running down the street naked will get you noticed, but it won’t accomplish much. It’s easy to pull off a stunt, but not useful.

If it’s in a manual, if it’s the accepted wisdom, if you can find it in a Dummies book, then guess what? It’s boring, not remarkable. Part of what it takes to do something remarkable is to do something first and best.

What’s fashionable soon becomes unfashionable. While you might be remarkable for a time, if you don’t reinvest and reinvent, you won’t be for long. Instead of resting on your laurels, you must commit to being remarkable again quite soon.” — Seth Godin

#1) Creating immense value that changes the recipient.

“What you give will always carry you. Don’t forget that line!” — Myles Kennedy
“You are paid in direct proportion to the difficulty of the problems you solve.” — Elon Musk
“Ask not what you can get, but what you can do. What you can contribute to the causes and the people it is given you to serve. Your rewards will always take care of themselves.” — Earl Nightingale

The name of the game is adding value.

Solve problems.

Make change.

Give gifts.

Make art.

Figure out what you have to give, how you can contribute.

Here are a couple of questions to get you started:

How can you help or contribute?

What is the one thing you feel supremely qualified to give / to teach / to do for other people?

Follow your effort: Where do you spend most of your time? How can you use this to benefit others.

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