Odd one out: Why you need to jump out of the box today

Odd one out: Why you need to jump out of the box today

By Donovan Grant

What is it like when you are the odd one out? It could be the way you look, the way you talk the way you think or even the way that you do things.

You’re just different from the average person.

Many people think that it’s weird to be different and they shy away from it. But what if they’ve got it all wrong. What if different is actually a cool thing to be?

A few odd people that you may not consider being cool are Thai Ngoc, a man who has apparently had more than 11,700 consecutive sleepless nights in a row after he caught a flu in 1973; Yoshiro Nakamatsu, he has been taking pictures and analysing every meal he has consumed during a period of 34 years with the aim of living to be 140 years old. And then there is the French entertainer, Michel Lotito who eats anything – including metal, glass, rubber and other weird stuff.

Now I would be the first to hold my hand up and say count me out, if I had to follow the lead of any of these guys. But, what if being the odd one out simply meant doing the things that the average people don’t do.

Right now, you may have a plan that you are working on to change jobs, get fitter, learn a new skill or maybe just spend more time with the family. But, somehow you don’t quite get round to it. What stops you?

On average, most people say they don’t follow their plans and achieve their goals because they don’t have enough time. I reckon that if you were to dig a little deeper, you’d find that time management was not the issue. The issue is often that they were not willing to keep the main thing, the main thing.

Now I have been there myself and I know how easy it is to get distracted from your goals. One thing for sure is that it takes effort, commitment and patience to follow through especially when things seem to go against you. That is why, the average person quits before the game is over!

This may sound harsh, but it’s true.

So here’s the question… how can being the odd one out help you to keep moving forward?

Answer: Do the opposite of what the average person would do.

It’s as simple as that. If the average person takes lots of coffee and water breaks during the day, skip the breaks and keep working.

If the average person reads the free newspaper on the train on the way to work, read a book that is related to your goal.

If the average person keeps up with the latest soap opera gossip over lunchtime, find a new lunch slot or pop down to the gym.

It made seem odd to just switch, but let me be the one to tell you that your goal is at stake. If you are really going to play full out and achieve your goal this year, you’re going to have to be different from last year.

I’ll leave you with the wise words of the great Jim Rohn, If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary."

Let’s embrace being different as one of the building blocks for success!

From my heart to yours


What do you think about being different from the crowd? What's your top tip for maintaining your own integrity? Are you still on track with your goals? Leave a comment in the box below – we love to read every one!

Donovan Grant is a coach, mentor, blogger, speaker and IT professional who brings his wisdom of parenting for the last 21 years and coaching clients through the stages of raising youth and empowering leaders with life lessons that are changing generations.  He is a passionate and committed leader who believes that we all have the ability to help to change someone else’s life. Actively doing so as a catalyst for many years he teaches how to live a life of success, balance, integrity and fun, whether at work or at play.www.donovangrant.com

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