How NOT to Stand Out

From the blooming of flowers to the grandeur of the sky to the display of intelligence, we find in all of creation the potential to impress. Nature possesses an effortless splendour that should be appreciated. Even on those occasions when nature is not as alluring as it should be, we can understand that it is all an innocent order of events. In matured humans, however, we find an intentional effort to be remarkable—a desire to stand out. But, we sometimes go about it the wrong way.

Standing out wrongly doesn’t only deprive you of appreciation, it can also affect people’s opinion of you. So, unlike plants or animals, due diligence is required of humans. You cannot afford to attract attention to just anything. Instead, you should stand out in the fulfillment of your defined purpose: discover your gifts and talents, refine them, and dispense the product thereof with love and understanding.

The importance of a purpose driven life cannot be overemphasized. It is when people don’t have a defined purpose that they make contributions that are better left unmade. People make erroneous sociopolitical comments because they are more concerned about attention. So, they ignore either (or every) of these requirements: knowing their gifts; refining them; and sharing their knowledge in the noblest way possible.

Instead of having a definite purpose, many people are just led on by the need for attention. Succumbing to this urge can be injurious, not only to us, but also to others. If we have not taken the time to humbly grow in the knowledge of a subject, then we’re better off not taking the grandstand on such a subject. We shouldn’t take the risk of delivering shallow or compromising content, just for the sake of using a platform. In order to stand out, you have to be like gold that has gone through a thorough process of refinement.

It is also important to understand the perfect form of delivery. Your opinions do not necessarily have to come by means of broadcast distribution. Sometimes, silence is best way to make a statement. As Ernest Agyemang Yeboah puts it, “we only shout when we neglect what silence can do”.

Also, there is no honour in false disguise or misrepresentation. You shouldn’t paint a false picture of yourself to your audience. What matters most is that which you have to offer. Do not crave attention, for you’ll only appear to be incited by vanity and pride. Instead, put your mind on the creation of value. That, in itself, is what makes you outstanding. Harry S. Truman said: “it’s amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit”.

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