Advertising
Advertising

5 Powerful Ways to Stand Out in Life and Business

5 Powerful Ways to Stand Out in Life and Business

In today’s noisy world, the only way to rise to the top in life and business is to stand out.

They say that starting a restaurant is a grueling business, not only because of the costs and lack of scalability, but for its lack of differentiability.

Whenever we start anything — a business, podcast, film — there needs to be a reason why our potential customers or audience will choose us over the thousands of different options they have available.

Now, standing out is always easier said than done because it’s the million-dollar secret for any successful business, creative venture, or job seeker.

In this video, we discuss the key ways you can stand out in life and business — no matter what you’re doing or what your goals are.

https://youtube.com/watch?v=qi7o0GmxthU

Advertising

1. Share openly

One of the world’s best photographers, Chase Jarvis, stood out in the highly competitive landscape by sharing his work openly.

This may seem like common practice in today’s day and age, but giving away your secrets was a big no-no in the world of photography when Chase first started out.

This concept of sharing to differentiate yourself created an entire new segment of marketing called content marketing, where you give value to your audience in the form of text, image, audio, or video content, building up brand equity and audience loyalty.

2. Add more value than you receive

Tony Robbins often says that if you want to increase your income, focus on delivering more value than anyone else.

Think about this in your own life and business. Are you doing more than what is expected of you, or are you just getting by with the minimum quota? Going the extra mile, whether that’s staying in late at the office when everyone else goes out to socialize, or providing exceptional customer service in your business, is no longer a nice-to-have — it’s a must.

Instead of focusing on making a million dollars, focus on serving a million people, and everything else will follow.

Advertising

3. Give back

Giving back has been the foundation of Rype, where our core mission is to connect the world through languages and education. It’s also why we’ve committed to partnering up with organizations like Pencils of Promise, to build schools for children in need.

But you don’t need to be a business or organization to give back. While most people think that giving back happens only when you succeed financially, wise men like George S. Clason, who wrote the book The Richest Man in Babylon, believe that giving back leads to success.

He states that 10% of our earned income should go towards charity and donations. This shift in perspective, that you’re not only generating income for yourself but for others, will give you that internal motivation to push further.

Most importantly, giving back is an amazing way to stand out from the rest of the pack (although this shouldn’t be the reason driving you), because anyone is willing to support a good cause that makes the world a better place.

4. Act without expectation

As you may have already noticed, the first three tips on standing out are all about giving, in the form of content, value, service, or charity.

What this means is that you won’t be able to see direct, immediate results by simply giving. It takes time, persistence, and consistency.

Advertising

This should come as good news for many of us, because it means that once we can break through the initial barriers and find a way to differentiate ourselves, it’s that much harder for anyone to follow.

Have a mindset to act and give without any expectation, and eventually the rewards will fall into your lap.

5. Use the four quadrant

The four quadrant is a simple, yet practical, tactic that can help you differentiate yourself visually. You can use this framework for differentiating anything.

Start by putting one category on the x-axis (i.e. aesthetics, price, speed) and another one on the y-axis (i.e. clarity, price, speed).

The goal here is to start listing all the alternatives for what you’re doing (or who you are) in the appropriate quadrants, and being able to identify yourself in an open space, where no one else is competing with you.

Advertising

Grid2

    A great example, which we explain further in our free video training series, is how Dominoes differentiated itself from all of the other alternatives when they first started out.

    Screen Shot 2016-01-30 at 9.22.37 AM

      In summary, they analyzed the alternatives that already existed in the marketplace, and found that there was a missing gap in the market for pizza that is delivered fast/conveniently and cheaply. Today, they’re a wildly successful business with over $2 billion+ in sales.

      Over to you

      How can you apply this in your own life & business?

      Featured photo credit: VIKTOR HANACEK via picjumbo.com

      More by this author

      Sean Kim

      Sean is the founder and CEO of Rype, a language learning app. He's an entrepreneur and blogger.

      What’s the Easiest Language to Learn for English Speakers? You Are What You Listen To: 11 Podcasts To Inspire Yourself 7 Hardest Languages to Learn For English Speakers 7 Most Important Languages For English Speakers to Learn By 2020 18 Free Language Apps That Are Actually Fun to Use

      Trending in Career Advice

      1 Clueless On Your Career? Sabbatical vs. Career Break 2 9 Tips for Starting a New Job and Succeeding in Your Career 3 10 Essential Career Change Questions To Ask Yourself This Year 4 10 Job Search Tools Every Jobseekers Need To Know About 5 If You Have This Key Behavior, You’ll Be More Successful Than 90% Of People

      Read Next

      Advertising
      Advertising
      Advertising

      Last Updated on September 18, 2019

      11 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

      11 Hard Skills That Will Land You More Career Opportunities

      Are you looking to move up the career ladder? Or maybe you’re tired of having a “job” and want to start looking for a more permanent career?

      Whatever your motivation, you are going to have to learn some new and different hard skills to broaden your opportunities. After all, there’s a very famous quote that says:

      “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” – Albert Einstein

      While the insanity part doesn’t really fit here, the overall message is a good one. If you are looking for a different result (career advancement, more money or even a career instead of a job), it’s up to you to make it happen. This is both the good news and bad news!

      The good news is that because it’s up to you, you have complete control over it happening. The bad news is that change is hard. Humans are creatures of habit, that’s why we develop routines, and anything that disrupts that routine causes us anxiety. And we will do almost anything to get rid of that anxiety. The overweight person will calm their anxiety by eating that doughnut, the smoker will light up a cigarette to avoid anxiety.

      What we want to do with this article is to give you the hard skills you’ll need to reduce that anxiety so you can move up that corporate ladder, make more money or have career instead of just a “job.”

      The following hard skills are essential to learn if you want to advance your career. They may not be easy to take up, but definitely worth your effort of learning:

      1. Cloud Computing

      “Simply put, cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, intelligence and more—over the Internet “the cloud” to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale. You typically pay only for cloud services you use, helping lower your operating costs, run your infrastructure more efficiently, and scale as your business needs change.” Microsoft[1]

      There are many different jobs available in the cloud computing world today. They range from architects and developers to data scientists, security pros. Each job is its own specialty and requires a high level of specification for advancement.

      This is definitely a hard skill that requires education. But if the tech world and computers are your thing you can make cloud computing a lucrative career.

      Advertising

      2. Data Mining and Statistical Analysis

      Again, these are highly specialized fields. Data mining is defined as using large sets of data to look for anomalies and other patterns that can be used to predict future behavior.

      Amazon is probably the best known company to use data mining. Have you ever noticed that when you buy something at Amazon, you’ll see a little ad at the bottom that says “customers who bought this also bought…”and it lists 2-3 other items? All of that information comes from data mining, by examining the millions of sales amazon makes they can predict that if you buy item #1 there is a high likelihood that you will buy one of the other items too. T

      his not only increases sales for Amazon, but it also serves as a reminder for you that you may need these additional items for your project. This is very valuable information and has a wide range of uses. Although it has a bad reputation and evil sounding name, it is a very useful tool for maximizing productivity and sales.

      3. Data Management

      All companies today deal with a ton of data! Being able to manage that data in an efficient manor is not only highly prized, but a necessity.

      We all have these things on our desks called computers. Unless there is a need for a paper copy, almost all of our data is computerized. Meaning that, in theory it is all at our fingertips. Being able to organize that data so that it’s easily and quickly retrievable is why computers are replacing filing cabinets!

      However, just like the old fashion filing cabinet, data management on a computer is only good if it’s well organized. You want to make sure that you are keeping your data well organized so that it’s easy to find when needed. This is a skill that comes easily to some people (are you a person that makes lists? Good!) but with others it will be a skill that needs to be practices. Make sure that this is a discipline you master.

      4. Scheduling

      Being able to make and keep to a schedule is a very useful tool in both business and life. Effective scheduling means that you can prioritize projects, understand the tools needed to get the job done on time and that you are organized enough to lead people.

      An important point here is to write things down! Whether it’s in an old fashion daily or weekly organizer or in a PDA. Have a copy of your schedule available at your fingertips at all times.

      5. Financial Skills

      These are especially important when looking for that promotion. The higher up the ladder you go, the more you’ll have to deal with things like accounting, budgeting, financial planning and cash flow management.

      While you may not need to be an expert at all of these, you should have a good grasp of all of them. This is where taking a few night classes at your local community college is a good idea. You don’t need to become an expert, but brushing up on these skills will help you tremendously.

      Advertising

      6. Research Skills

      These are important in all aspects of life, but especially in your work-life.

      Are you looking for that first job out of school? Nothing impresses a boss or hiring manager more than someone who has researched the company. Trust me, they deal with people walking in off the street everyday looking for a job, but managers and owners need to see the value in hiring (or promoting) you.

      So do your research and have some company specific questions ready to ask. Show that you are interested in working for that company or that position and not just “a” job or the “promotion” because you have seniority or need the money.

      If it’s a promotion that you are after, never bad mouth the previous occupant. Instead pick out an example that he/she was good at and explain how you would like to use or expand that policy and how it would enhance the policy changes you’d like to make.

      If it’s a new job you’re going for, then make sure to have some company specific questions ready to show that you have done your homework for the new position.

      7. Marketing Skills

      While marketing a companies products or services has always been a highly sought after skill. In today’s world, it can take on several different forms.

      Some of the marketing skills that are highly sought after today include, SEO, Search Engine Optimization, SEM, Search Engine Marketing and marketing campaign management. Familiarity with Google Analytics as well as Word Press are also valuable.

      While traditional marketing and branding were focused on advertising and selling. Almost all marketing efforts now a days are focused on the internet.

      8. Network Security Specialist

      Again, this is a highly skilled position that requires specialized training. But the amount of data that all companies store is significant, and if that data is leaked or stolen, it can costs them millions of dollars in both lost revenue and lawsuits.

      So, if you have an interest in network security you will find the field both lucrative and stable.

      Advertising

      9. Communication Skills

      At first glance, communication skills may not look like it fits into the category of “Hard Skills” that can help you succeed. But in this ever shrinking world where companies can do business from almost anywhere, communication is more and more important.

      Are you bilingual? It really doesn’t matter what language you speak, there’s a company out there looking for someone who speaks that language.

      10. Computer Programming

      I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure that computers are going to be around for a while! As both the hardware and software get more advanced, the need for computer programming is only going to increase.

      11. Graphic Design

      As of 2018, there were 4.37 million new websites launched.[2] A good number of them will fail because they just aren’t interesting enough visually. The use of templates and replicated websites is only making the problem worse.

      Part of the way Google ranks sites is through originality, this almost ensures that replicated sites will never get ranked through Google. So the more original your site is, the more likely people will visit and actually spend time there.

      That is what a good graphic designer does. Takes your basic idea and turns it into a website that people actually want to visit.

      Embrace the Anxiety That Comes with Change

      You know it’s going to be there, you know that you’ll want to give up as you’re learning these new skills but, you’ll also know that the end result is worth the journey.

      Here’s a little trick when you’re feeling overwhelmed:

      Have you ever met an ex-smoker who was sorry they quit? An ex-drinker or drug user that said life was much better before they quit? These people have gone through some of the most difficult challenges humans can go through including weeks, if not, months of intense physical withdrawal symptoms. They did it because they knew that the pain and anxiety they would experience would ultimately get them to a much better life.

      Now what was that complaint you had about attending night-school?

      Advertising

      This is the part everyone hates, everyone thinks night-school, adult education and just generally giving up family and/or spare time. While those are certainly possible ways to develop the necessary skills, they aren’t the only way.

      You’ll want to check with your human resources department because depending on the company, a certain degree maybe required in order to even be considered for a position. In those cases, night-school, on-line or some other form of adult education maybe your best route.

      But as long as a degree isn’t required, then your options are wide open.

      Let’s just say that you’re a sales person interested in becoming the sales manager but, the territory you’ve been given will never produce the sales figures that would make you stand out as a good candidate for sales manager. So how about you start your own side business (don’t compete with your company), but let’s say you enjoy golf.

      In this day and age, there are plenty of places that will teach you how to sell products on-line and even set you up with your own website. So you start a site selling golf equipment and accessories (don’t worry, you won’t even have to carry inventory or worry about shipping).

      Now, when that sales manager spot opens up, you can explain that even though other salespeople had better numbers than you, it had nothing to do with your sales ability, it was more of a consequence of the territory your were given.

      And to prove it, you brought in some information about a side business, you started showing that you’re on target for a sales growth rate of 30% this year. And because you had to do all of the marketing for the business, you came up with some marketing strategies that you can bring to the new job (built-in experience).

      The Bottom Line

      We’ve put together these 11 hard skills as a way to give yourself a “leg up” on the competition. We’ve tried to make this a mixture of both skills that require a great deal of training, and also ones that you can work on and develop by yourself.

      We know that not everyone is cut out to be a cloud computing expert, but we also know that working on and having good scheduling skills will make you a much more desirable candidate for the position!

      We also don’t want you to discount the idea of a “side hustle“. Especially for people new to the workforce, having a business that you have started and run successfully shows potential employers that you have initiative, scheduling skills and ambition which can put you well ahead of your competition!

      As usual, we hope you found this article both enjoyable and informative. If you did, may we ask that you share it with your family and friends through social media. It really does help us and is greatly appreciated!

      More Skill to Help Advance Your Career

      Featured photo credit: Kyle Sterk via unsplash.com

      Reference

      [1] Microsoft Azure: Cloud Computing
      [2] Netcraft: December 2018 Web Server Survey

      Read Next