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Stand out from the Crowd: 6 Bold Ways to Step out from the Background

You can't hide in the background shadows forever; stand in the spotlight once in a while. Become an interesting person by flaunting the traits that make you an individual worthy of standing in the foreground.

Stand out from the crowd

Are you ready to stand out?
Do you know a group of friends who dress like each other and talk like each other and are afraid to stray away from their group at any time? For sure you have known several groups like that in high school. It's your first natural instinct to "fit in" in order to survive. To grow mentally as an adult you must learn to stand out from the crowd eventually.

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Ways to stand out

1. Be yourself

2. Think outside the box

3. Change things up

4. Invent your style

5. Think independent

6. Take more risks

To Stand Out From the Crowd, You Must Be Your Own Person. Your Life Was Influenced by Those Around You While Growing Up, Now it's Time for You to Influence Others.

Being an bold influential person is more than about having fame or wealth. To influence those around you, you must be an upstanding individual with strong beliefs.

1. Stand out from the crowd by being yourself

This sounds like contradictory logic, doesn't it? But if you think about it, it's not. "Being yourself" has a stigma surrounding it of being boring by trying to fit in with everyone else. However, if your personality deviates from accepted behavior, that is nothing to be ashamed of.

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By not feeling societal pressure to adjust your behavior to what's acceptable, you are setting yourself apart and thus developing your individuality. Be yourself and don't worry about what others think. Chances are that if you are being yourself, you will find people who have things in common with you. The relationships you make will be meaningful rather than artificial and you will be happier than people conforming to society's wishes.

Believe in yourself

If you don't have the confidence to believe in yourself, who will?
Unless you have conformed to society's ways, you too can stand out from crowd by just sticking to what you do best: being you. If you truly are unique and can stand apart from the rest of society, then don't be afraid of doing so. There is something to be said about someone confident in themselves and what they stand for. As long as you stand by your beliefs and let nobody change your mind, you can be free to be yourself regardless of what anyone else thinks. Being yourself isn't as simple as people think it is. It requires discipline and confidence. These aren't things you can teach someone; they are things you must learn on your own through experience and hardship. You will face much adversity in your quest to stand out, for sure.

2. Live by Your Own Rules and Nobody Else's

You have one life to live, so live it the way you want to and not the way somebody else wants you to. Decide early on who you are and what you stand for. You are an interesting individual with something positive to contribute to this world with.

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There are rules and expectations that society places on us from a young age. There are no consequences by doing things differently, according to the way you want to live. Nonetheless, don't use this as an excuse to break the law. You can flaunt your individuality while being an upstanding citizen.

How to think outside the box

Rules are just ways to limit human potential. If you are free to think the way that you want, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. Don't let society's expectations slow you down in your quest to live for yourself and stand out in the crowd. You have to think outside the box. Society will try to limit you in any way it can, but you must follow what you believe in to find the results you are looking for. Use your skills to make your own rules and follow life according to your own plan.

3. Change It Up Once in a While

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Keep setting new standards for yourself in terms of your appearance. Don't be scared to go with your instincts letting your mood allow you to try do something new. If you saw a celebrity hairstyle that you really like but aren't sure if you can pull it off, just do it. What have you got to lose? You probably have a lot more to lose by not trying something wild every once in a while. To stand out from the crowd you need to constantly change people's perception of you.

Start today

There is no such thing as too extreme when it comes to standing out in a crowd. You only have one chance to live life; you might as well do the things you feel like doing. If you don't then you are only letting society's expectations rule your life.

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The first step to standing out in the crowd is to stop caring. Stop caring what others think, and stop caring what others will say. There is no situation or location where you are stuck. You are never forced to stay somewhere where you aren't respected or treated fairly based on your appearance. So feel free to let loose and do what you want starting today. You will regret later on not having lived life the way you wanted to when you're older.

4. Invent Your Own Style

We go through life putting too much emphasis on others. We model ourselves and our personalities after famous quotes, celebrities, and the things people did before us. It's okay to take ideas from others and incorporate them into your style, but not to the point where you are obsessing over one person or thing. Love yourself; your style should be yours and different from anybody else's. Walk the way you like to walk, talk the way you like to talk, and act the way you like to act. Inventing your own style isn't so difficult. Just do the things you are most comfortable with doing.

Embrace Being Weird

The key to standing out from the crowd is owning the traits that separate you from everyone else. If people often tell you that you are weird, you shouldn't take that as an insult. The things that differentiate you from others should be flaunted, because those are the things that other people remember you by most. Make no mistake: you want to be remembered, whether it's for something good or bad. The things that separate you from others are not flaws; they are differences that you shouldn't sacrifice for anybody. Embrace yourself and your differences, as they are a part of you and what you stand for.

5. Think for Yourself

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If you are thinking about being your own person, you have to be in tune with your own thoughts and behavior. Instead of believing what everybody tells you all the time, start forming opinions and theories of your own. Even if you aren't right all time, at least you are setting yourself apart from mainstream society. This makes you further investigate topics for yourself. It motivates you to seek the truth where nobody else is looking. You become an expert on issues that most people have only one opinion on.


Since you are dedicated to standing out, you have many different opinions on each subject. Having different viewpoints can only be a good thing. If your friend is narrow-minded and you don't agree with them on something, you can point out an opposing view without making them feel bad. When you think for yourself, you see issues from both ends of the spectrum and you can sympathize with both parties.

6. Take risks

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The things that you wouldn't normally think about doing and the things that would make you most uncomfortable are risks. Taking a risk means trying things you never thought about trying before. They are necessary for you to develop your mind and personality. This means starting up a conversation with a random stranger, cooking a new recipe using ingredients you've never tasted before, or leaving behind your group of druggie friends in pursuit of a better life. Taking the kind of risks that reward you the most are the ones that are the most difficult to take. Others wouldn't be willing to do these things; that's why they're so rewarding. In order to stand out from the crowd, you must take risks to make a change worth making.

Go out on a limb

Risk-taking is the kind of behavior only those who stand out know how to do properly. The kind of opportunities that life presents to you are not always obvious. And the first couple of risks you take will be the hardest. But the more you decide to go out on a limb and do things because you felt like it, the more engrained that attitude will become in your personality. Soon people will be wondering what happened to you, because you stopped living for others and started living for yourself. The most liberating feeling is doing what you want and knowing that nobody can stop you. As long as you aren't hurting anyone else, there is literally nothing wrong with taking risks in life. Make today the day that you start changing yourself for the better.

The easiest way to stand out in a crowd is simply to be yourself

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If you love who you are, other people will learn to love you too. By being ourselves, we are dedicated to being genuine in both our words and our actions. If you separate yourself from the "normal" and "socially acceptable", you are strengthened by your beliefs and you are proud of who you are. Instead of conforming to one standard, you are making your own standards.

By Kacia Nall

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