I stumbled across a quote by George Washington Carver today that I found very interesting. He said, “when you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” What an incredible thought.
Have you ever read a memoir or biography of a person you admire? There is a reoccurring theme if you pay attention. Almost all of them attribute their success to doing very basic things. They all had a dream and then followed the path toward that dream.
Most successful people do not look back and talk about all these out of ordinary experiences they had throughout their lives. For example, Anna Kendrick grew up in Maine in a small town and worked her way up. She lived in a tiny apartment in LA after high school trying to make it as an actress and, guess what, she did it. Shonda Rhimes grew up in a big family with a big dream. Guess what, she took every opportunity that was presented to her and now she owns Thursday nights on ABC. The examples are endless.
The uncommon thing these people did was not give up. Even when it seemed like the path they were on may not lead them to where they are today they kept going and saw it through. Doing common things with a fierce passion and undying dedication is what makes people different and stand out. It is not that your idea or business is the best thing right away that gets you noticed, it is your approach.
The times I have been most successful is when I have attacked a task or an idea with dedication and commitment to see it through. When we can tackle the commonalities of everyday life with passion and a good attitude, not only will we see the world, but the world will see us too. So, while you are being unapologetically you remember to also be commonly uncommon.