How to Stand Out From the Crowd


In this day and age, there are some key characteristics that differentiate those who settle for less, from those who strive for the best they can be. Perhaps you’re looking for ways to really stand out and make something of your life. The desire to do so is there. However, maybe you’re not sure what you need do.

Below are some tips you can use to maximise your potential and leap ahead of the rest:

Have passion

Is there something you’re passionate about? It could be making a major change in your personal life. Perhaps it’s undertaking a project at work. Maybe it’s standing up for the rights of a group of underprivileged group. Having a deep passion about something, which can make you dream about it, is the kind of thing I’m talking about. If you have this level of passion, then you have the seeds to stand out from the crowd.

Take action

Passion without action is like having tea without a cup to drink it in. Those individuals who are true successes turn their passions into concrete actions, which drive them to create the change they want to see. When you have found out your passion do what you can to make it a reality.

Go the extra mile

Extra work doesn’t mean anything to those, who go all out to achieve excellence. In fact, they expect to do more work than the average person as it this extra effort that will result in the larger rewards. Put in the extra effort in your work. Spend additional time with your family and friends to enhance your relationships. Help others beyond the call of duty.

Make the best of strengths and weaknesses

Everybody has strengths and weaknesses. Those who are high achievers make a conscious effort to bring to light their strengths and weaknesses, understand the importance of both and know how to use them wisely. Consider how your current strengths support you and use those strengths with focus to help you achieve what you want. List your weaknesses and reflect on which ones you can work on, to increase your abilities and competencies.

Have a positive attitude

Successful people generally spend more of their time being positive than they do negative. While other people around them are talking about the sorry state of their lives, respective nations and anything else that can be moaned about, high achievers remain happy, positive and focused.

Learn to look for the good in everything, including other people. Even if your mind tries to get you to be pessimistic, train it to look the other way, through understanding and practicing the cultivating of good thoughts and attitudes. The power to think is yours. You also have the power to divert your thoughts to happiness and positivity.

Continue to break down stumbling blocks

Those who get ahead in life are not superhuman. Just like other people, they do have problems, fears, worries, anxieties and bad days. However, those who overcome their difficulties are committed to doing so. Just like they have a passion to change their lives and the world they live in, they are also passionate about overcoming personal adversities, as they see these as opportunities to continue their journeys on the road to success.

Aim to do something that pushes you, way out of your comfort area at least once a week. This will help you to continue to overcome self-created mental barriers, whose only goal is to prevent you from realising your potential.

Friends, it’s over to you:

  • What other factors differentiate those who stand out in the world from those who settle for less?
  • What do you do personally, to help you aim high and achieve remarkable results?
  • Please share your valuable views, experiences and thoughts in the comments box below.
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  1. Hiten,
    You put together a great list! I wil try these. I think if I can do them without ego, and without caring about the result, just knowing I am being my best self it would work nicely! Thanks to you!

    1. Hi Jodi,

      It’s great to see you here and I’m so glad you’ve been motivated to try out these tips!

      I loved what you wrote about doing such activities without the ego getting in the way. This is just the way to do it and not worry out the outcome! Our best will always be sufficient and this is all we can do. And we humans have an innate ability to keep learning and developing, so we will always get better!

      Thanks for commenting. I really appreciate your support!

      Take care.

  2. Dear Hiten,

    Loved your second point…This is where most people miss out, I guess.

    You pointed it out splendidly by giving the tea and tea cup example…Action is what is needed and 2 more points I would like to mention.

    1. Connect with more people

    2. Do something unique….

    You guest article on our blog has already received great appreciation and kudos to your kindness to write an article for us, Hiten.


    1. Dear Rafi,

      I’m very glad you resonate with point number 2! Indeed, we can all have dreams and passions. However, without action all they will be are figments of our imagination.

      Thanks very much for adding two additional tips that really help us stand out. I totally agree with connecting with more people and doing something unique in the world. It is so wonderful when groups of likeminded people are doing a unique thing together.

      Thank you, Rafi for your kindness and hosting my guest article at you blog. Sareena and you gave me such a warm welcome. I’m overwhelmed by your kind introduction.

      Thanks for adding so much more to this post.

  3. Lovely post Hiten!

    I couldn’t agree more to all that you mentioned – I think to stand out of the crowd you just have to be different and unique from the others – do something that others aren’t doing, instead of following what others are doing.

    All your points are apt – the best being to have that passion or burning desire to move ahead with action and full force. With a positive attitude you can break your stumbling blocks, or perhaps take small steps instead of big ones towards your success. All of these will make you stand out from the crowd. I would add that be patient as everything takes time – Rome wasn’t built in a day!

    Yes, it isn’t all that easy, as you need that self-confidence or belief in yourself, and the will power to go ahead against all odds- face the consequences no matter what, which is where most people buckle up, and yes – that includes me too sometimes. There are times when we may want to do so many things differently, but there is something that stops us – a fear of the unknown as they say because you wonder whether it will be taken well by people, or would they be able to relate to it. I guess you tend to think more about others than yourself – those are the blocks we need to break.

    Thanks for sharing this motivational post with us and telling us how we can stand out from the crowd. Have a wonderful week ahead 🙂

    1. Hi Harleena,

      I’m so glad you could connect with the tips in this post!

      I can appreciate the point you made about passion. It is very powerful and having a strong passion can enable to us to reach magnificent heights!

      Thanks a lot for adding the points about taking small steps and being patient. Indeed, successful people have made realisations that progress is made in small, manageable steps and patience is required. Success, however one defines it, will come with time.

      I can relate to the point you made about self-confidence and at times I have doubts, too. Some of them can be very big! I usually use them as signs that I need to do whatever I’m having doubts about. As you said, it is usually due to a fear about something. Indeed, considering what others may think of us can hold us back. I believe that as long as what we’re doing is not harming anyone, then we must continue. As the saying goes, we’re living, here and now. We certainly are not having a dress rehearsal.

      Thanks for adding your experiences and great insights to this post, Harleena! Have a great week ahead, too! 🙂

  4. Awesome post in simple n clear words!

    I agree with your 1st point. If a blogger have passion, then it is likely to do the all other points you specified to stand out from the crowd.

    Thanks for writing and sharing the nice post! Keep doing.

    1. Hi Nirmala,

      I’m really happy you liked the post and that you could connect with the first point, in particular!

      I too love passion. And as you quite rightly said, when one has passion then the framework is there for the other points to manifest as an expression of the passion!

      Many thanks for dropping by and for leaving your great comment! 🙂

  5. Having passion is so essential. Passion attracts people toward us. I really like this quote: “When you set yourself on fire, people love to come and see you burn.” ~John Wesley That’s what passion does for us. Great post!

    1. Hi Dan,

      I’m really glad you liked the post!

      I loved what you wrote in your comment about passion! Indeed, it does attract people to us! I also have the same reaction to other people who are passionate. It really does rub off on likeminded people and people who share similar interests.

      Thanks so much for sharing John Wesley’s quote! It was awesome. Thanks very much for commenting, too!

      1. It’s all about passion! Glad to be in the discussion.

  6. Hey Hiten,

    I like your blog and when I like a blog I subscribe, this means I expect other news from you in future. 😀

    About this post… I think passion is everything. Passion means success for me.

    See you next time. Best regards from I. C. Daniel – Romania

    1. Hi I. C. Daniel,

      I’m glad you like the blog and thank you for saying so!

      Indeed, it seems like having passion is a popular way to help one stand out from the crowd.

      Thanks so much for dropping by and I look forward to seeing you again. 🙂

  7. Nowadays competition is fierce and in order to make a mark and be something one has to be a little different, do something different and go the extra mile as you say. She or he who dares, wins.

    1. Hi Shalu,

      I absolutely loved your comment!

      Indeed, competition is intense these days. As Rafi above also pointed out above, doing something unique will really help us stand out from the crowd. And doing something unique usually will require going the extra mile!

      As you brilliantly stated, “she or he who dares, wins!”

      Thanks for leaving your empowering comment!

  8. Hello Hiten,
    The two “P’s’ … Passion and Positive Attitude are standouts for me. When you have those two, people take notice.
    Be good to yourself

    1. Hi David,

      Indeed, many thanks for pointing out the two “P’s”! We could turn into an equation like the following:

      Passion + Positive Attitude = People take notice

      Thanks very much for commenting!

  9. Great post Hiten! Love your tips! Having a passion is really important in life! But you still need to take action with a positive attitude. There… you can see what I loved best about your post!
    Thanks for these reminders!!

    1. Hi Betsy,

      I’m really glad you enjoyed the post and the tips!

      Absolutely, having passion is very important. This one really does seem to be the key factor which those who stand out have. And this combined with action and a positive attitude means one is well on his/her way to achieving great things!

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment. It’s great to see you, Betsy! 🙂

  10. Your post made me think of people who stand out in my mind. When I thought about it, I realized that indeed they have all the qualities you mention. In fact, you have described them quite well. They also seem to have a presence, both in the sense that they have a certain energy, and also in the sense that they are present, fully in the moment. Great post!

    1. Hi Galen,

      I’m glad you could appreciate the qualities I included in this post.

      I loved the way you described such people and the type of presence they have. I agree they do have a certain energy and as you quite rightly said, they are fully in the present. One can tell they are truly in the moment.

      Thanks for adding these further insights, Galen! 🙂

  11. Great tips, Hiten. I would add a sense of humor to laugh off those moments, learn from them and move on.

    I just read Galen’s comment – and I agree that memorable people in my life do have all these qualities.

    Very motivating! I can especially identify with the positive attitude since I wear pink glasses (figuratively)


    1. Hi Vidya ben,

      I’m so glad you liked the tips and many thanks for adding the additional tip about having a sense of humour and being able to shrug off those moments, which would make others feel bad for a very long time!

      It’s interesting how both you and Galen know of people who really stand out, to have such qualities!

      I can really believe the point about having a positive attitude resonating with you. You’re probably one of the most positive bloggers I know!

      Thanks so much for commenting and adding so much more to this post.

  12. Hello Hiten,

    Blog is telling golden words and I feel that taking action and positive attitude are the two things makes us stand out from the crowd, I am really getting seriously these two things. and working on them.

  13. You could have stopped at number one and it still would have been a post worth reading. Passion, passion, passion. If you got it, you’ll have no trouble standing out. I’ve found that when you put a purpose behind your passion, that’s when the uniqueness of your character really shines through.

    1. Hi Matt,

      Welcome to the blog!

      Indeed, it seems like passion really is the key aspect that those who stand out have, and the rest of the points just fall into place!

      I loved wrote you wrote in your comment about having a purpose behind your passion. You’re right. It is these two things that bring about the uniqueness of one’s character or in what one is trying to do.

      Many thanks for your comment, Matt!

  14. Dr Hiten,
    I loved your third point-Go the extra mile.
    This is a very powerful point, help others beyond the call of duty. This is the only way a businessman can satisfy his customers, by going that extra mile.
    Thanks for sharing this lovely post with us.

    1. Hi Seun,

      Welcome to the blog and thanks so much for leaving your comment!

      I’m really glad you could resonate with point number 3. Doing extra work and helping others beyond the call of duty, is so satisfying. It feels great when we do so. I agree when a businessman goes out of his way to help a customer, the impact it has on the customer is phenomenal. That customer will most likely become a repeat one!

      Many thanks for leaving your comment, Seun and I’m so happy you enjoyed the post!

  15. HI Hiten,

    Absolute Gem!

    Apologies for being late to the party.
    I totally believe that passion is at the top, if anyone who is starting fresh and doesn’t have ZEAL, it is better for him to put off his plans.
    I believe that passion if it is accompanied with positive attitude = Success.

    If passion+postive attitude is there most of the things are going to fall in place, one doesn’t realize the boundaries in this case.

    I would add one more point to this – a person has to be honest, humble and grounded as you are, if he or she really wants to enjoy the fruits of success.

    Thanks for this great share.


    1. Hi Sapna,

      I’m so glad you liked the post!

      I’m glad you also think that passion is at the top! It’s interesting how I wrote this as point number 1, as well. I probably unconsciously thought this was the most important point and wrote about it first!
      I can connect with what you said. I think when passion is missing it’s easy to stop activities and find excuses for doing so.

      I loved what you wrote about passion + positive attitude = success. Indeed, it is just like this!

      Many thanks for adding the additional point about being humble. This is very true and important to be. Otherwise one risks being taken over by the ego, and running into all kinds of problems like becoming insecure, experiencing greed and all other kinds of states, which in the end hold a person back.

      Thanks so much for your brilliant comment!

  16. Excellent post! Especially your points about taking action and going the extra mile. This is the true difference between those who make something of themselves and those who don’t.

    The truth is that every one of us is remarkable. What separates the successful from the unsuccessful is that successful people step up and embrace their remarkableness. While the rest simply don’t believe in themselves.

    Every great person in history was still just a person. No different from you or I. That strength and power is in each and every one of us. We just have to find it.


    1. Hi Trevor,

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the post and thanks so much for writing such an empowering comment!

      What you wrote is so true. As you said, each one of us is remarkable and as Rob White says, is marvellously made. The way you explained those who are successful as embracing their powers was wonderful.

      I really do admire those who doubt themselves, yet have a glimmer of hope that they can change. This hope backed up by even a small experience of growth can be enough to keep propelling the person forward.

      Thanks for leaving such a fantastic comment, Trevor. Cheers, mate.

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