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  • 7 Memorable Out of the Box Ways To Stand Out

    Personal branding inspiration you won’t likely forget any time soon.

    1) Do something amazing with a basic, everyday object

    Most people’s yoyo skills are limited to making one go up and down, if they can even do that, which makes Jensen Kimmitt all the more impressive.

    One of the things I love about this clip is that he’s so good, you don’t even notice how many mistakes he makes, which is a terrific message in itself: how well you recover from failure is often key to success.

    2) Win, lose or just reach the final rounds in a famous contest

    Given the popularity of American Idol and similar contests around the world, just getting to the final rounds ensures that many, many people will know who you are.

    3) Publicly fulfill a common fantasy in spectacular fashion

    To quote Gawker, Steven Slater is “a folk hero for quitting his job in the most scorched-earth way possible, grabbing two beers and cursing on the airplane intercom before bouncing down the giant inflatable slide, and running home to make sweet love to his boyfriend. Sure, it wasn’t the safest way to exit an airplane, nor was it the most mature way to quit a job—but it’s the ultimate revenge fantasy for anyone who’s toiled away at a thankless job, and we’re glad somebody did it.”

    4) Parody something everyone’s heard of

    Remi Gaillard is a French comedian. One look at this popular clip (over 22 million views) and you’ll never look at Rocky the same:

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    Couple of things worth pointing out:

    • If you’re wondering about those borderline-harassment beach push-ups? That’s actually a reference to an even more well-known comedian in France from the 1970s, which also explains why the girls didn’t react too angrily.
    • The slogan at the end of each clip of Remi is actually his branding statement, and roughly translates to: “It’s by doing something ridiculous that you become someone.”

    5) Commit a crime that shows incredible skill

    This is one idea that I can’t recommend but it definitely works.

    There are many stories of hackers who were caught and then became successful computer security expert, the most famous of which is ‘Best Hacker in the World’ Kevin Mitnick. Kevin spent a few years in jail for his crimes and is now a very sought-after consultant.

    6) Be the very best at one aspect of your profession

    Ok, this isn’t so out of the box, but it sure is memorable. Magician James Galea does the best card trick ever:

    7) Make a serious attempt to solve an age-old mystery or problem

    In mathematics and computer science, the ‘P is not equal to NP’ problem is one of the most widely-believed concepts that has yet to be proven. A good explanation of it is, “can a problem be as quickly solved as it can be checked?”

    Recently, researcher Vinay Deolalikar made a serious attempt at solving the problem. Although his proof was ultimately shown to be wrong, his serious attempt created an international buzz that won’t be forgotten for years.

    Another example would be Andrew Wiles, who shot to fame by proving what’s known as Fermat’s Last Theorem, over 350 years after the theorem was written.


    8) Be the first ever to do something difficult

    Midway through 2010, Jessica Watson become the youngest person to sail around the world alone and unassisted.


    Jacob Share, a job search expert, is the creator of JobMob, one of the biggest blogs in the world about finding jobs. Follow him on Twitter for job search tips and humor.


    Jacob Share is the founder and SVP of Share Select Media, a company focused on empowering quality bloggers and blogs such as Group Writing Projects, The Original Home of Group Writing Projects. His JobMob blog has attracted over a million page views last year alone. He grew up between Canada, France and Israel where he had his first Internet experience in 1994 and was hooked. Since then he’s enjoyed playing a part in growing the Web as a manager-developer and project manager at Amazon.com and other e-commerce companies before starting up his own venture.

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    4 comments on “7 Memorable Out of the Box Ways To Stand Out
    1. avatar
      Brian Oates says:

      And there’s Martin Luther King who inspired us to dream and Mother Teresa who taught us to give sacrificially. They stood out not because they personally sought it, but because their message was so powerful it had to be heard.

    2. avatar

      These are all great ways to promote your personal brand, and they are all very true ways to get yourself known, how many runners up in American Idol have gone on to become successful, more than a handful I’m sure all because they were noticed. Putting yourself/brand out there time and time again, in the proper channels will get you noticed, you just have to know where to put yourself for maximum exposure.

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      Samuel says:

      Awesome post Jacob!! cool post it helps man!! thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.
      PS: Great blog you have here Dan!!! keep up the good work. have fun.

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      Kerwin Ifill says:

      Jacob, all your points make true sense. excellent job by giving video examples of your seven points. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to seeing your future post.

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