In order to succeed, almost everyone—whether business owner or employee—must be memorable. Out of sight is out of mind, and out of mind is out of business. But if your only goal is to be known for professional reasons, you’re missing out. People who are memorable for the right reasons also live a richer, fuller, and more satisfying life. Win-win!
Here’s how to be more memorable—and have a lot more fun.
1. Don’t See. Do. Spend your life doing instead of watching. Cool things will happen. Cool things are a lot more interesting and a lot more memorable.
2. Do Something Unusual. Draw a circle and put all your “stuff” in it. Your circle will look a lot like everyone else’s: Everyone works, everyone has a family, everyone has homes and cars and clothes….
We like to think we’re unique, but roughly speaking we’re all the same, and similar isn’t memorable.
3. Embark on a worthless mission. Do something, just once, that adults no longer do. Drive eight hours to see a band. Buy your seafood at the dock. Or do something no one else thinks of doing. Ride along with a policeman on a Friday night (it’s the king of all eye-opening experiences.)
Pick something it doesn’t make sense to do a certain way and do it that way. You’ll remember it forever—and so will other people.
4. Embrace a cause. People care about—and remember—people who care. When you stand for something you stand apart.
5. Let other people spread the word. People who brag are not remembered for what they’ve done; they’re remembered for the fact they brag. Do good things and other people will find out. The less you say, the more people remember.
6. Get over yourself. Stop trying to seem perfect. Accept your faults. Make mistakes. Hang yourself out there. Try and fail. Then be gracious when you fail.