How to Stand Out in a World Full of Competition

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How to Stand Out in a World Full of Competition
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Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be the loudest person in the room to stand out. In fact, a study has shown that there is a direct relationship between perceived annoyance and the loudness of communal sounds.

To truly make a lasting impression on the people around you, be a little more demure. This involves the holistic mix of having a great attitude, creative thinking, communal bonds and many other factors. Let’s take a look at a few of them:

Vulnerability in the Workplace

No, this doesn’t mean shedding tears in front of your boss. Vulnerability in the workplace means having the bravery to show people who you really are. It involves not putting up a front and showing that you feel comfortable enough to say and feel what you really mean.

This quality is more rare than you might think. Many people go through life acting the way they think others want them to. Authenticity can really set you apart. It can also be endearing.

Communal Bonds

While it’s important to look out for yourself, that’s a lonely way to live. It’s also not particularly effective. Being someone who values your communities in both your personal life and the workplace tells people you have empathy; it’s a signal that you’re someone they can trust.

It’s a known fact that empathy boosts your influence. People gravitate toward you, and what you say to them holds importance in their mind. Practice really listening to people, cultivate emotional intelligence and learn to take other people’s perspective.

This will not only do wonders for your personal growth, but it’s also one of the best ways of making an imprint and standing out from the people around you.

Thinking Laterally


The world is getting more complex every day. There are more people than ever, fewer resources available and a ton of issues that result from these factors.

Whether you’re looking for a job or work in a field that deals with intricate problems, companies immediately pick up on people who have the ability to think laterally – that is, out of the box.

This implies that you have a unique perspective that allows you to approach problems in novel and inventive ways. While many people see this trait as an inherent characteristic, it can be cultivated.

Practice being critical; learn how to look at what you already know in another light. Lastly, learn how to communicate your thought process to the people around you. There’s no point being creative if you can’t manifest that creativity.

Nothing Beats Hard Work

There’s no better way to stand out than having a persistent and passionate work ethic. It’s obvious, but it’s also extremely effective. Results speak for themselves, and hard work gets noticed.

This applies to relationships as well as it does for workplaces. However, if you feel like your hard work is not valued, and that even though you stand out you’re being consciously overlooked, it may be time to move on.


No one exemplifies all of these qualities better than Steve Gilliland. This Hall of Fame professional motivational speaker’s presentations are master classes in thinking about life and work from a fresh perspective.

A bestselling author and a former executive at a noted Fortune 500 company, he built his own multimillion-dollar company built from the ground up.

To hire Steve for your next corporate event, contact him at 724-540-5019 or 866-445-5452.