If You’re Doing the Unusual, You’re Doing Something Extraordinary

Are you a doer or an occupier?


Students need to do more epic stuff. If you sit around like a biological filter in a classroom, then you will very likely live a perfectly ordinary life. There’s nothing wrong with that, unless…

If you want to lead an awesome life, then you have to be willing to do things differently than garden variety “occupiers.” Occupy movements, like Occupy Wall Street, are based largely on participant envy and vengeance towards those who are more successful than the occupiers.

1. Pick yourself.

The world does not owe you anything. It was here first! Rather, you owe it to yourself to be the best “you” that you can be. Think of a successful person like actor Sylvester Stallone. He is world famous, right? He did not become successful because he sat around complaining about how all the other actors were lucky and he was a victim because the deck was stacked against him. That is, he didn’t “occupy.” Many people do not realize that Stallone wrote the screenplay to Rocky. He shopped it around to dozens of producers. Stallone insisted that he play the lead role of Rocky, but producer after producer passed. He was a nobody — until he picked himself! Stop waiting to be picked, and pick yourself. You have two arms and legs, a brain, and the ability to act; you can do what successful people do as long as you are willing to work the way successful people have worked. Granted, doers are sometimes in the right place at the right time. That’s because they work hard. The harder they worked, the luckier they got. Occupiers are seldom as “lucky” as doers.

2. Be a team player.

If you have nothing to contribute, then get out of the way of those who do. A hallmark of the occupier is preventing “doers” from accomplishing anything. Misery loves company, so occupiers often expend as much energy trying to prevent others from succeeding as they would require to do something exceptional themselves. Keeping other from achieving excellent thing diminished how badly occupiers feel about themselves. What is the difference? It requires no mental chutzpah to stand for nothing. And as the saying goes, if you don’t stand for something, you’ll sit for everything.

3. Be one-of-a-kind.

Students who occupy classrooms are a dime a dozen. If you want to be someone special, then you have to do something special. This notion ties in with #1 — pick yourself. You can do anything that you see other students doing. What many occupiers do not seem to realize is that the doers have the same feelings they have. They just do something differently when they feel that way. The Top Ten are a special group of students, because they were doers when others chose merely to occupy.

What about you? Will you be a doer or just another occupier? Will you tap into the greatness that is in you?

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