Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

The American GeniusThe American Genius

How to

Go For It – Be Remarkable

Helping Out

Last month I was asked to assist in a Networking Hub here in Indy. I quickly accepted the opportunity to help an online friend in whatever capacity I could. How difficult could it be, right? Maybe send a few emails out letting others know the Networking Group had added a new monthly meeting, help set up beforehand, yea, I can do those things.

What I didn’t anticipate was being asked to sit on a panel to discuss social media and how it has affected my business. I received the email, along with 4 other local business owners. Apparently, they knew what was hitting them. Oh, man, what did I get myself into? I am not a public speaker; I’m more of a one on one type of person.

A Bit of Anxiety

Once committed, what was I to do? I know, I could tell them sorry; I’ll be out of town that week. Good thing I didn’t, because the snow cancelled the meeting and now it is rescheduled for next week.  Okay, so I am staying out of town. No, no – not a good thing to keep avoiding what may be a wonderful education.

Everyday leading up to “the” day left me wondering if I were up to the task. I told myself, I probably know more than the audience, but what if the audience ask me a question I don’t have an answer for? Ah, anxiety! But why? I am been pretty successful at this social media stuff, at least locally.

Being Remarkable

The meeting was supposed to be on Wednesday. On Monday, Seth Godin sent me the motivation I needed to “go for it”. No, Seth’s not a personal friend, but I receive his blog by email and there it was, the exact motivation I needed. Seth said:

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Think about how often your goal at a conference or a meeting or in a project is, “don’t screw up!” or “don’t make a fool of yourself and say the wrong thing.” These are very easy goals to achieve, of course. Just do as little as possible. The problem is that they sabotage your real goals, the achievement ones.

It’s not stupid to have a stated goal of starting several ventures that will fail, or asking three stupid questions a week, or posting a blog post that the world disagrees with. If you don’t have goals like this, how exactly are you going to luck into being remarkable?

Just Do It

Stepping out of my comfort zone makes me a bit nervous, because I don’t know what’s on the other side. It’s better than not trying at all!  Today, I look forward to the meeting next week! Not without a bit of anxiety about saying the wrong thing or not having the right answer….. no……. because I am on my way to being REMARKABLE.

What has kept you from being remarkable?

Written By

Paula is team leader for The "Home to Indy" Team in Indianapolis . She is passionate about education and client care and believes an empowered client is better prepared to make good decisions for themselves. You'll find her online at Agent Genius,Twitter and sharing her insights about her local real estate market at Home To Indy.



  1. Kathleen Corbett

    January 29, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    I understand the emotions you were feeling. I had to speak infront of an audience in CT of about 500 reps and I felt confident that I knew my material but I was so nervous. Then I realized it is okay to have butterflies flying around I just needed to get them in formation.

  2. Missy Caulk

    January 30, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Paula, I think you will be fine as I’m sure you know more than they will.

    @toddwaller and I went to a A2 Board event this week on Social Media, it was way to elementary for us.

  3. Jim Gatos

    January 30, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    Oh.. I just gotta get me some “moo cards!”…

    I read Seth all the time!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


American Genius
news neatly in your inbox

Subscribe to our mailing list for news sent straight to your email inbox.



Opinion Editorials

(EDITORIAL) It may seem counter-intuitive, but reaching goals comes down to throwing away the one metric we can't help but use.

Tech News

(TECH NEWS) If you are struggling to keep tasks straight then this new tool Qoals allows for a simpler and more straightforward way to...

Business Entrepreneur

(ENTREPRENEUR NEWS) Win The Day chrome extension helps you set goals and achieve them which means you win more than just the day!

Business News

(BUSINESS NEWS) Sometimes, describing your job on a resume can be difficult, especially when you wear multiple hats or your role has shifted. Here's...


The American Genius is a strong news voice in the entrepreneur and tech world, offering meaningful, concise insight into emerging technologies, the digital economy, best practices, and a shifting business culture. We refuse to publish fluff, and our readers rely on us for inspiring action. Copyright © 2005-2022, The American Genius, LLC.