Stand Out

“Average performers work hard to fit in. UltraPerformers work really, really hard to stand out.”
Robin Sharma

I love this quote from Robin Sharma.

A lot of the time we work hard to be like others in our field.  We compare ourselves to our peers and measure our success in relation to others.

As a rapper and musician, I can relate to this statement.

Many artists mimic the current styles and trends.  They stop trying to sound like themselves in order to sound like others in attempt to chase success.  Sometimes it even works – but only in the short term.

One of my favorite Hip-Hop groups is Outkast.  Growing up I didn’t pay much attention to their clothing style, I just liked their music.  Looking back I can see how as their music evolved, so did their fashion.  It came full circle with their 2003 release Love Below/Speakerboxxx.  Both Andre 3000 and Big Boi showed off an eccentric style on the album cover.

Everything about “Hey Ya” – the first single from the album – stuck out.  It sounded nothing like the group had done before.  It wasn’t even a rap song.

Ten years later, and the song – and video – are considered a classic.   Grantland.com recently called the song the best of the decade.

It’s easy to go along with the pack and not ruffle any feathers.

The challenge is to go beyond and strut your own style.

My man Famous is a great example of this.

His song “Ain’t No Use” talks about how when he tried to be like everyone else he kept coming up short.  He discovered the lesson that it is better to be a leader than a follower – especially since both his story and style were unique.

Others seemed to agree… the song was nominated for a Much Music Video Award!

Duane D.O. Gibson

Stay Driven!

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