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Let’s Get One Thing Straight: There’s Only One Way to Stand Out from the Sea of Sameness, and It’s Free

In: Online Marketing

Everyone wants to stand out from the sea of sameness—a phrase I coined years ago, right here on this blog, when the Internet first started teetering toward “me, too!” syndrome.

Ask most people how to stand out, and depending on their industry, they’ll tell you something different: Get a website! Learn how to write copy! Write an eBook! Get more publicity!

But those things, in and of themselves, do not help you stand out from the sea of sameness. They might help you increase your credibility; they might help you enhance your perceived authority; they might help more people feel comfortable taking a chance on you; and they might make you feel like a real fucking badass. Sure. But do they help you stand out from the “me, too!” crowd? Not really.

The only thing that can help you do that is something that’s 100% free, and it’s called your opinion.

So many professionals learn the ideas they’re “suppose to learn” and treat themselves as if they were simply a mule, spreading those ideas around like a missionary does his religion. But it’s the rare person who actually contemplates their industry, and their work, with enough passion and zeal, that they begin coming up with ideas of their own—and start their own mission.

Because there’s a difference between sharing ideas, and having them.

And that’s the same difference between someone who has a website, and someone who has an empire.

Apr 24

2013

Tired of Being Told To “Differentiate Yourself?”

Everyone tells you to be unique. Find your USP. Differentiate yourself. (Meanwhile, you’re all, “Stab, stab stab, I’m the same, I’m the same, I’m the same – how am I suppose to “differentiate” life coaching?) And so you take a drink, because these are the types of things that drive people to drink, and you […]

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Feb 27

2014

Get Yourself Some Enemies

Elementary school ruined everything. They tattooed horrible cliches onto our 8 year old hearts to “think big!” — “aim high!” — “walk with your head down in single file OR DIE” — — which probably explains New York City. While I know they REALLY wanted you to become an astronaut (or at least make sure you knew how […]

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Jan 24

2012

A Scenario You Should Pay Attention To

So let’s say your annoying neighbor invites you over for dinner. Huge bitch. But you decide to go, anyway, because you don’t want to feel like an asshole every time you see her backing her brand new Lexus out of the driveway at the same exact time you and your ’98 Toyota are pulling out. […]

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