How can one stand out and not be part of the masses every time? It cannot be much fun to be just another writer, farmer, lifeguard, doctor, engineer, teacher, chef, etcetera, if one has the ability to keep learning and raising the bar, right?
In the Bible parable of talents, three men each get talents to nurture. Two of them grow and multiply their talents. The third man buries his talent and loses it to the man who gained ten talents. Makes one wonder, if perhaps, he could have asked for help and maybe learned how to develop his talent.
LITTLE JOE STANDS OUT AND IS QUITE THE STAR
Little Joe wanted a special kind of ice cream and goes to a café. He learns how much it costs and pauses to make a decision. The server is impatient as the shop is filling up with clients. Finally, he gets service. While clearing up after the customers, the server swallows hard as she realizes that Little Joe had left a 15 cents tip. He really could have had the special ice cream he wanted but chose instead to leave her the customary tip.
A FEW NOTES
- standing out is something we have to want.
- our daily habits and routines count.
- hunger for excellence has rewards.
- like in the parable, talent may not be enough and we have a responsibility to keep growing.
- we can lose what we do not use. Nature abhors vacuum.
Oh and Little Joe? He can’t be poor. Not with that mindset.
To stand out, it helps to first find purpose and I hope the post HAVE YOU FOUND YOUR IKIGAI? The Secret to a Long and Happy Life inspires you to pursue purpose.
Do feel free to share your notes on how one can stand out in the comments below.