Juggling Ideas to get Yourself Noticed

Posted by martin.parnell |

Sometimes, in order to achieve, it is important to stand out. This isn’t always easy, especially when you are in a situation where many people are doing the same task as you and there doesn’t appear to be an opportunity to be different. For this reason, it’s important to take a broader look at what you are already doing and look for the little nuances which make the way you do things individual to you or if you can develop them to create something of note.

I was reminded of this, on recollection of an article in the Calgary Metro newspaper.

It was a small piece about Michael Kapral, who has been acknowledged, by the Guinness Book of Records, as the World’s Fastest Joggler, for his time of 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront half-marathon. Joggling is a sport which involves running and juggling 3 balls, at the same time. I decided to find out more about Michael as, not only have I run that same race, but I am also the holder of 5 Guinness World Records, in endurance events.

What interested me was the way in which he came to be involved in his particular sport.

“Technically I learned to juggle first because I learned when I was about ten.” said Michael “I started marathon running in my 20s. I ran several marathons before I started joggling. I was pretty competitive. I won the Toronto Marathon in 2002. I knew that I was never going to the Olympics, but I was pretty serious. That’s why it was funny that I took up this not very serious sport of combining juggling and running. It turned out that it wasn’t just a stupid thing, and it is funny and entertaining to people.”

Despite being an exceptional runner, Michael realized he would not be fast enough to qualify for the Olympics, but by slightly altering what he was already doing and combining it with another skill that he already possessed, i.e. juggling, he has still achieved success and recognition. We don’t have to go to quite such extremes to get noticed, but taking a look at the way we do things, making small adaptations might not only make what we do more satisfying, but also get us noticed.

It might be worth asking yourself.

  1. When I look at the way my colleagues do the same job, are there slight differences I can make, in the way I tackle things that can be more productive?
  2. Can I add or deduct something in my approach that will make me more efficient?
  3. Am I able to find a way of doing things that will make me stand out from others in the same field?
  4. Could I be more optimistic and develop ways to inspire a more positive reaction in the way I present myself?
  5. Are there ideas that I abandoned, in the past, for being too different that I might consider using now?

Developing and evaluating new ideas, in your approach, might be the first step to getting the greater satisfaction in your role, whatever that might be.

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