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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Training

I don’t like to work out, I prefer to Train.

“Working out” can get boring – after all – it’s “work.”  But replace “working out” with “training” and you might notice a change.

The words you use create your reality.  A slight shift in changing the words in your vocabulary can result in big differences in your life.

“Working Out” is going thru the motions.  It’s doing it because feel like you have to.  It’s short term.

“Training” is working out with purpose.  A plan with commitment…  It’s getting ready to attack a big goal.  It’s long term.  Training encompasses everything you do – from the gym, to the clothes you wear, to the food you eat, to your sleep at night.   It’s a way of life.

When you are “working out” you can miss a work out.  It is difficult to make the connection between today’s workout and the effect it will have months from now.

Have you ever had a long term goal at the gym?  Maybe three months, maybe six months, maybe even a year.  Chances are when you had the goal your workouts were more focused.  You avoided missing a workout at all costs.  You went to the gym when you didn’t want to.   You were tired – even exhausted, but you still went and pushed your way through.

Life is a marathon race, not a sprint.  You can’t run a marathon over night – you have to train and create a plan of attack to make it thru the punishing race.

The words that you use to define reality are the words that will propel you to success – or failure – so make sure you use words that reflect ambition, positivity, and power.

Stay Driven!