There are nearly 8 billion people on Earth. Which, according to my quick math, equals a lot of competition.
Every time you apply for a job, promotion, or elected position, someone else will want it too. Just ask Napoleon and Pedro.
Want to woo an attractive mate? Join the crowd. Want to join a team, cast, club, or society? Get in line. Want a pound of that sandwich-sliced turkey breast? Take a number.
It’s important to have an impressive resume. Skillz are good. Experience is helpful. Knowledge is nice. References are respectable. Connections are cool, Jay. But your competitors will have all of those too. And perhaps theirs will be better than yours.
However, the great difference-makers in life don’t show up on your resume, your transcripts, or your personal win-loss ledger.
Online dating sites can’t capture the great difference-makers either. If they did we would have a lot fewer dating disaster stories to share.
The secret ingredients that set you apart in life and business are your personality and style. Their importance can’t be overstated. If you have no personality or style you have no chance. If your personality and style are indistinguishable, so are you.
By developing a unique and interesting flavor you stand out. You get noticed. You become memorable. And interesting. And attractive. And sought after. That’s how you win in Nashville, Hollywood, Wall Street, Main Street, and at the Kollege Klub.
Embrace your own personality and style. Develop your own voice. Find your own flavor. It will become your unfair advantage in life. And in a crowd of 8 billion people, you could use every advantage you can get.
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