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How To Stand Out – The Beer Concession Worker Story

So, like  – there are lots of us on earth right?

Many of us are trying to stand out from the crowd and do “out of the ordinary stuff”. Heck many of us are trying to do ordinary stuff but still get noticed.

Like delivering beer to people’s seats at a baseball game.

There is no way to stand out from the crowd doing that right?

WRONG!

I had the pleasure of attending a Chicago Cubs exhibition game in April of 2011, and did not realize how much of a treat I was in for from watching a beer vendor work. His coverage of our section immediately caught my attention! He was more charismatic, more outgoing, more energetic, and more fun to watch than any other beer concession worker than I had ever seen before. I caught myself watching him work more than the game itself!

But that was not even the best part. When he left our section for a bit, I followed him and we had a bit of a conversation. I was captivated by his stories of working in the industry for many years. When I left with my drinks, he gave me his “business card”. It was a laminated baseball-like card with his picture on the front working at a game. On the back it had all of his “statistics”. By statistics I mean all the venues he had worked at during his career, and events that he attended.

I still have his “business card”, and look at it from time to time to remind me what it truly means to have a well-developed personal brand.

  • What do you do to stand out from the crowd?
  • Where do you know that you can improve to increase your exposure?

Developing your personal brand is not a “when I feel like it” thing. It should be ongoing. Daily if possible.

Be memorable, be engaging, be caring and for goodness sake have some fun!

My Quotes Week Day 1!

As I was reviewing some notes a while ago, I realized that I had compiled a few personal quotes. I want to share three of my favourites with you this week!

Hope you enjoy it, here is Day 1:

“When you are thrown a fastball in baseball (a good scenario) hit it out of the park. When you are thrown a curveball (some adversity), be patient and don’t swing at it. Take a breath and deal with it. When another fastball comes, hit it out of the park.”

“As you get more experienced with curveballs, you will be able to hit them out of the park too. But when you first see them, they will seem impossible to even make contact with. As you get more experienced, you will be able to succeed, in spite of whatever life and business throws your way.” – Tim Mushey

Saturday Music Memories – “Put Me In Coach”…

“I’m ready to play”!

I love baseball. I quit when I was 15 years old, but should have kept playing. I heard John Fogerty’s “Centerfield” on Thursday, and it brought back some very vivid memories.

I was about 12 or 13 years old. I played in baseball tournament over a weekend, and had a great time. The baseball diamonds were well-groomed, and there were more fans than usual, and it just felt different. Every time we took the field, “Centerfield” played, and I remember thinking how cool that was.

I don’t think we won the tournament, but I had a fantastic time. The only bad memory I had of the weekend was about a slide in to second base. The good news is I was safe; the bad news was I had to sleep on my side for a week because of the scrapes! OUCH…

Living Your Dream? Ask One-Handed Pitcher Jim Abbott

I had some time to reflect as I washed the dishes over the weekend 🙂 I was thinking about living your dreams, and how anything is possible, no matter what the circumstances. My thoughts quickly turned to one-handed pitcher Jim Abbott.  If you followed baseball in the ’80’s and 90’s you will probably remember him. If you did not, the story still provides very valuable lessons.

Not convinced that you can do anything that you put your mind to? Take some time to watch this video and check out Jim’s website at http://www.jimabbott.net/

This is great sharing material! Have a fantastic week…

Bruce Zimmerman is someone that I have enjoyed corresponding with on Twitter and LinkedIn for quite some time now. He is professional, outgoing and brings an incredible depth of knowledge to his blog. I had the good fortune of speaking to Bruce for the first time a few weeks ago, and I really enjoyed it! I look forward to future interactions with my new blogging and social media friend. Check out this insightful post on Keys To Success.

Bruce Zimmerman . . .


Some of the most valuable lessons I have learned in life I have learned through sports. Competing from an early age, I was fortunate to learn the value of hard work, persistence, and determination.  Growing up one of my favorite athletes was Pete Rose. He wasn’t the most talented player in the major leagues, but what he lacked in talent he made up for with effort and his willingness to make something happen. He gave everything he had every time he played. His persistence and determination earned him the nickname “Charlie Hustle”.

 

So what if anything can be learned from “Charlie Hustle”? (other than don’t bet on baseball)

It is that persistence and determination are absolutely indispensable if you are to be successful in any endeavor. No matter what it is that you hope to accomplish, the obstacles you may face, or what others may think; persistence and determination…

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