You Have to be Odd to be #1

How my weirdness has made me successful.

I don’t remember where, but I saw this quote somewhere. “You have to be odd to be number 1!” and it really struck a chord with me.

I have always taken pride in being a bit weird, abnormal, and odd. I have a penchant for coming up with sudden strange questions or fun facts and sharing them with my friends.

Recent gifts from my closest friends and loved ones include colorful post-its, a slip n’ slide, a dinosaur charm, a set of 4 sterling silver sporks, and earrings that are cartoon talking bubbles that say “OMG!” and “LOL!”

My husband says he loves my ambition, determination, and weirdness. He says that I love hard, meaning I throw all of myself into loving the things and people I surround myself with. He even included it in his wedding vows.

In business, especially in sales, you must be memorable. You have to find a way to stand out, without it being in a negative way, such as being too aggressive or inappropriate.

For me, relationship building has always been my superpower in business. I get to know prospective clients far more than just superficially. We actually talk, and find common interests, and even laugh, long before we even get to the sales pitch.

My name, with it’s random Y in it is memorable. My weirdness is memorable. My informal, conversational approach to sales is memorable. Clients remember me, and when you are selling anything: someone else’s products or yourself and your own company, being remembered is what matters.

When a client remembers who you are, you are more likely to get a call back in 3 or 6 or 12 months when they have a need. They are more likely to accept your calls, meet with you, and learn more about your company.

You are more likely to earn new business, and you will not only rise to the top, you’ll actually stay there.

Being weird has long been one of my favorite things about myself. I am not ashamed or embarrassed, I am happy with who I am. That confidence absolutely shines through in sales, and people respond to it.

In addition, I think being odd or weird is actually quite important, because it shows that you’re being yourself. It is so important to be your true self and enjoy life. You only get one life, don’t waste it trying to fit other people’s standards. Make your own.

Being weird has given me many things in life, a successful business, a great marriage (my husband is also a weirdo), and genuine happiness.

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Entrepreneur, writer, editor, book coach, cat lover, weirdo, optimist. Author of “Write. Get Paid. Repeat.” & “Concept to Conclusion.” jyssicaschwartz.com

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