You and I both know that one cannot become remarkable overnight. We also know that being remarkable has many benefits – the biggest one is that you have a better opportunity to make a bigger difference in this world.
So, how do you get started?
How do you take a proactive approach to become remarkable?
During my consulting engagements at Foresight Plus, I get to see many smart people transforming themselves to be remarkable people. It’s a joy to watch and a privilege to be part of that process.
Here is the approach that has worked time and again.
1. Identify one or two of your core skills:
Find out one or a maximum of two skills that you are extremely good at. How do you know you are good at them? Not by you thinking that you are good at them but the results you produce when you are using those skills. Results you produce will have a final say in this matter.
Let’s suppose that the two skills are marketing and storytelling.
2. Understand where someone is going:
Take someone in your network and really understand where they are going – their hopes and dreams. This is easier said than done. You need to be REALLY listening to what they are saying and watching where they invest their time and energy to understand where they are going.
Let’s assume that this person wants to become an entrepreneur.
3. Move the needle for that someone using your core skills:
This is the most important step. Your goal is not to just move the needle but move the needle using your core skills. In the above example, you will see how to move the needle for that person using your core skills – marketing and storytelling. It is important that you move the needle using your CORE SKILLS. Think about the old adage – “if you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” That adage has positive use cases too. In this case, your core skills are the hammer and you now have to find the nail in their journey.
So, in our example, you would use your marketing and storytelling skills to help them become a better entrepreneur.
4. Structure your life to receive more meaningful requests for help:
This is where you amplify your efforts to be remarkable. Create opportunities for people where they ask for significant help in the area of your core skills. One way to do this is by writing extensively or speaking on the topic of your core skills and establish thought leadership.
So, in our example, you will speak, write and engage in conversations about marketing and storytelling.
5. Relentlessly invest in getting better at your core skills:
When it comes to learning, there is rarely a finality. You can keep going as long as you want. As you learn more you will realize that there is so much more to learn. The more you invest in your core skills, the more you can make a difference using the very same skills.
So, in our example, you will read more on marketing, storytelling and other adjacent fields.
6. Repeat the above as many times as you can:
Like everything else in life, the more you practice, the better you get at it. Since what you are engaging in is a contact sport, practicing this method will automatically push you to make a difference in the lives of others in the area that matters most to them.
So, in our example, you will find someone else in your network and repeat the steps.
The million dollar question: How do you know you are on the right path?
The million dollar answer: You will know it because when you are on the right path, it will progressively cost you less and less to move the needle for someone by using your core skills. Very soon you will notice that making a difference is not only easy but it is fun and effortless.
Follow the above steps and whether you want or not, you will be on a path to becoming remarkable.
All the best.