Sometimes we underestimate how much of an impact the smallest of gestures (or actions) can have on someone. Like the waiter who refills your glass without you having to ask for a refill. The person who holds the elevator open for you as you run to catch it. The follow up email you get one week after your purchase just to ask how things are going. Or the random handwritten notecard you get from someone you met a conference just to say “hi” and “thanks” for the pleasant conversation.
How To Stand Out
This isn’t a long list. But taking the time and making the effort to live up to each one will make a huge impact in your personal and professional life.
- Care more (about people and about doing your best work because anything less than your best isn’t good enough).
- Be helpful (especially when people least expect it).
- Go out of your way to do more of #2.
- Show up and do the work.
- Always give #4 100% effort.
- Apologize when you mess up but don’t make excuses (and remember #5).
- Take pride in your work (people will notice).
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Rick Manelius says
I totally agree. It’s amazing how people light up just by doing a few small things right and reaching out to them.
And honestly, when they do those things for me, it’s almost like I seek them out the next time. So yeah, it really does help people stand out from the crowd!
Ricardo Bueno says
Seriously, the smallest of gestures goes such a long way!
It makes people remember you. It makes people want to talk about you and recommend you to others. And yet all too often we forget to go out of our way to give that little added effort when really it could make all the difference in the world.
It creates individuals keep in mind you. It creates individuals want to discuss you and suggest you to others. And yet all too often we ignore to go out of our way to provide that little included attempt when really it could create all the change on the globe.
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