Long hair, short hair. Clean shaven, beard. New York accent, southern drawl. Short, tall. Heavy, slim. Most people think of physical attributes when considering how remarkable they are. Sure, David Beckham or Kate Beckinsale certainly turn heads but what truly makes you remarkable? The answer? It’s what you do and how you do it.
All of us have encountered remarkable people in our lives. These are the people we remember. The ones that made a difference. They are the people that cared enough, shared enough, and gave enough to us that we walked away feeling beyond satisfied, feeling completely fulfilled.
The great author, Seth Godin, was one of the first to raise the concept of remarkable in his book Purple Cow. Everyone can be remarkable. Few do, but all can. It’s a choice. The fact is you’re already remarkable, you just need to show it. We were all born with talent. Your first job is to be self-aware enough to identify what your talent is and then live it. Your second job is to understand your current circumstances and determine what actions you can take that will result in someone seeing you as remarkable.
Maybe you don’t want to be cold calling all day but that’s your current circumstance. Your choice to gear up, toughen up and lighten up will come through your interactions as remarkable instead of choosing to be beaten up. As inspirational writer John Maxwell says, “Your attitude determines your altitude.” Not only is he right, but your attitude also determines just how remarkable you are, and can become.
Remarkability is not just about being different, or memorable. If it were we’d have to include people like Hilter, Hussein, and Nero. Being remembered is not being remarkable. Being remarkable is having a positive impact in someones day, week, or life. While others may define remarkable differently I would simply say that it’s about making others smile, happy, or feel fulfilled. Perhaps that’s why nurses, pharmacists and fireman always top the list of most trusted professions, because in life’s most critical moments those are the remarkable ones we turn to.
Making the choice to be, act, and do remarkable things is all yours. The world is waiting…needs you…to be just that – to be remarkable.