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Jobs & Careers > From a Newsletter. 3/8/11
 

From a Newsletter. 3/8/11





I don't believe anyone
sets out in life to be mediocre, ordinary, or "common." Deep down, we
desire more than that, but all too often we give in to the weight of
social obligations, others' expectations, personal fears, and the allure
of low hanging fruit.

 

It goes without saying
that "settling" is the choice of least resistance and therefore, the
path of the common folk. But despite the odds, there are always some who
stand boldly in the face of life's challenges and temptations.  Not
surprisingly, they achieve the extraordinary and become exceptional

 

It's not difficult, nor
worthwhile, to list the ingredients of the common life. But it's always
beneficial to explore the anatomy of life's inspirational anomalies.  In
a few short minutes, I came up with 53 different, but complimentary,
factors of a remarkable person.

 

Among many things, being uncommon means...


  1. Looking at the same things everyone else sees and thinking something different

  2. Seeking adventure over comfort and convenience

  3. Testing common assumptions

  4. Nurturing relentless curiosity

  5. Accepting responsibility

  6. Understanding that reality is shaped by our perception of it

  7. Keeping your word

  8. Constantly learning

  9. Noticing patterns

  10. Leaning from losses

  11. Eating right

  12. Exiting your comfort zone regularly

  13. Understanding that direction trumps distance

  14. Seeking the unknown

  15. Being resourceful

  16. Understanding that failure is not trying

  17. Creating opportunity, not waiting for it

  18. Looking for value

  19. Adding value

  20. Asking, "Why?"

  21. Asking, "Why not?"

  22. Cultivating creativity

  23. Seeking input from your opposites

  24. Knowing what you stand for and what you don't. And then taking the stand

  25. Letting go of the past to shape the future

  26. Candidly and regularly assessing your actions and results

  27. Knowing the difference between being busy and being productive

  28. Taking one additional step when others don't

  29. Understanding that motivation is temporary, but purpose is enduring

  30. Asking for support

  31. Understanding that the best defense is often listening

  32. Appreciating victories, even the small ones

  33. Resisting the urge to do what is easy over what is right

  34. Choosing your battles

  35. Working smart trumps working hard (But still being prepared to bust your ass)

  36. Understanding that character is your best marketing

  37. Sharing your time with those you care about

  38. Embracing fear as a companion, not an enemy

  39. Caring for your body, mind, and spirit (yes, all three)

  40. Understanding that failure is a temporary event, not a trait

  41. Saving and giving money

  42. Traveling often

  43. Being yourself

  44. Beginning with the end in mind

  45. Thinking locally and globally

  46. Being immersed in the present, but vested in the future

  47. Giving spontaneous compliments and consistent support

  48. Creating something that outlives you

  49. Being able to laugh at yourself, before passing judgment

  50. Understanding that your beliefs precede our actions

  51. Listening to feedback, but following your intuition

  52. Caring (so much meaning in one word)

  53. And most importantly... taking action towards the things that matter most to you


Now for the big question...What does being "uncommon" mean to you?

I sense this list could grow to be much, much longer.  I (and many other readers) would love to get your thoughts below.

Now I'm now off to China and then Singapore for some speaking engagements. Hope all is going well for you.  

 

Be uncommon,

- Kent

http://www.theuncommonlife.com/blog/

posted on Mar 8, 2011 10:37 AM ()

Comments:

I've been uncommon since the day I was born--which is also uncommon--February 29!!
comment by greatmartin on Mar 8, 2011 5:37 PM ()
comment by marta on Mar 8, 2011 10:55 AM ()
I salute your being...uncommon
reply by anacoana on Mar 8, 2011 11:28 AM ()

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