I bought the book The Big Moo at the airport on Monday and started reading it while traveling home from a long weekend trip. The book was put together by Seth Godin and is a compilation of 33 of the world’s smartest business thinkers. The books focus is to help spur ideas on how you can “remarkabalize” your organization. It is a thought provoking read and I am about half way done with reading the book already. I would recommend you pick up a copy of the book by clicking here. All of the revenue generated from the sale of the book goes to the following charities:
The book is made up of several one or two page passages that relate to everyday life and have an underlying message about being remarkable. One passage that stood out to me immediately was a passage on pages four and five called "Chopping Onions." The passage makes reference to culinary students and their dreams of becoming TV Food Network celebrity icons. However, most new graduates start out at the low end of the culinary totem pole, chopping onions, hence the title.
“The new secret of success is that winning the game has absolutely nothing to do with hard work and paying your dues. In the old days stable industries offered young workers a pyramid structure. If you did the work and stuck it out you’d move up.”
It goes on to say:
“In our fast-moving media crazed culture, the opposite is now true. Those who fit in now won’t stand out later. Those who follow the rules are never noticed - because the system has broken their spirit. There’s plenty work for the undifferentiated masses, so you can have as much as you are willing to handle. The fast-rising stars are those that question authority and refuse to do what’s done before.”
In essence, march to the beat of a different drummer. Don't sit on the line. Don't stay between the lines. Pick your own tune and go with it. This is a strong passage and can be easily applied to business development, technology and life. Be an individual and be remarkable, today.
For more information on the book and authors check out: http://www.remarkabalize.com
*Chopping Onions image thanks to rachelleb.com