The LAST player selected in the annual NFL Draft has acquired the nickname of “Mr. Irrelevant”.
The name evolved simply because the last pick in the draft was often irrelevant because the player many times failed to make the selecting team’s roster.
The first Mr. Irrelevant was Kelvin Kirk, pick number 487 of the 1976 draft, and the current Mr. Irrelevant is quarterback Chandler Harnish of the Northern Illinois Huskies, who was selected by the Indianapolis Colts as pick number 253 of the 2012 draft.
I’m sharing this concept with you today because, you are either…
REMARKABLE OR IRRELEVANT
Irrelevant is defined as being; unimportant, without use, besides the point, and something not worth mention or attention.
I think it’s fair to say not one of us would want the title of being Mr. or Ms. Irrelevant.
Sadly though, that is the reality faced by many websites, businesses, and people.
We must all accept the fact that we are either remarkable, or we are irrelevant.
BEING REMARKABLE IS A CHOICE
The great news is that being remarkable, being worthy of notice and attention begins with a simple decision.
If you want to break out of the mold of average, the first thing you need to do is to make a decision to be radically different.
REMARKABLE people are people of action, and for a good reason: if you don’t take decisive action, nothing will ever change.
But this first step is entirely mental. It calls for a clear decision to rise above the culture of mediocrity. And then, of course, it calls for action.
SO, how do you decide to be remarkable?
The following are eight ways to BEING REMARKABLE and standing out from the crowded field of mediocrity:
1. Question Management: When someone asks you a question, make sure they get an answer bigger, richer and far more thought provoking than they ever expected.
2. Problem Management: When someone brings you a problem, bring them a solution that not only solves the problem, but which also delivers and opportunity for them to capitalize on.
3. Project Management: When someone gives you a project, see to it that they get a plan that is bolder, more ambitious and more detailed than they hoped for.
4. Deadline Management: When you take on a task, finish it under budget, before deadline, and with a cheerful attitude.
5. Conflict Management: When a customer has a concern, go the extra mile as a policy, and blow their mind by your professionalism and responsiveness.
6. Quality Management: When you do your work, make your name and results synonymous with excellence, consistency, originality, and speed.
7. Meeting Management: When you participate in a meeting, anticipate questions, come fully prepared, and contribute your ideas with clarity and conviction.
8. Expectation Management: When you engage in any activity, under promise, over deliver and demonstrably exceed all expectations.
If you think about it, individuals are not much different from companies.
Having a trusted personal brand, and a reputation of being remarkable, uncommon and extraordinary, nets you the same advantages as a company.
You’re likely to foster loyalty, be trusted, be forgiven for occasional mistakes, and earn more money, especially if you develop a reputation for delivering insanely good and consistent results.
We all build, manage or destroy our personal brand every day through our character, choices, attitudes and actions.
With that said, choose to BE REMARKABLE!