Most of us have spent our lives just “blending in” with the rest of the world.  Whether it was a learned trait taught by the people in our lives (parents, teachers, coaches, etc.) or a trait developed by life experiences, it is one that needs to change.  Should you decide to take the military path as I did, one of the most common pieces of advice you will receive is to not volunteer for anything.  People will tell you that you do not want to stand out.  Just blend in and do your time.  Well, don’t always believe what you hear.

In the military, if you do not stand out and be different, you will always fall into the ranks of the average.  In corporate America, the same holds true.  It is a fierce world out there and everything you are and do is a discriminator – both positive and negative.  You cannot afford to just be average.  Average means you are just the “best of the worse.”  It’s a choice and only you can make that choice.

I hope this blog will encourage you to take that step to being bold and different. It will require you to stretch your comfort zone. One thing I can assure you. If you get up every morning and make an attempt to be bold and be different, you are ahead of the majority. Live outside your comfort zone. Do not be risk adverse. Allow your comfort zone to be a place to rest and re-energize your batteries.

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The main rule that guides the Be Bold and Be Different principle is this: Serve. As Zig Zigler says, “The way to get what you want out of life is to help others get what they want.” Take the focus off of “me” and put it on “you.” There are always opportunities to serve. We just have to open our eyes and have the desire. One thing is for sure. You will make a difference in someone’s life every day. The question is whether it will be a positive impact or a negative impact.

I choose to live my life and to be bold and to be different. I hope you will make the same choice. After all, it is never too late to think about the legacy you want to leave behind.