Being exceptional

  • Aidenz

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    Feb 27, 2015 8:54 PM GMT
    I wanna talk a little bit about being exceptional and getting attention. I recently had a conversation with someone about getting attention. There are some people who thrive on attention and get it by either acting exceptionally good or especially bad. A celebrity example would be the difference between Kanye West and Beyonce. These are people who tend to go the extra mile, whether it be good or bad, to get attention and to be considered unique. I find that it's a much needed commodity in the entertainment industry to be able to stand out.

    Then there are people in between, who don't stand out and don't get attention, but they're well off. They're good citizens, they pay taxes, eat healthy, functional, go to work on time, get a good night's sleep, and send their mom something each mother's day. These are good citizens, but no one gets awards for being a good person. The people who seem to go far are the people who do extra. The idea of a "good person" is just a baseline.

    What I'd like to discuss is what exceptional people do. What do you do in your life that's considered above and below that baseline I referred to. What is that baseline and how and why do you do more? For some people, being in good shape and being attractive is exceptional but for other's that's basic. Some people find it hard to put on a spectacle let alone raise their voice but others can't live a day without putting on some sort of performance like Michel Jackson. What does exceptional mean to you, what do you do to get there, and why is it important?
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    Feb 28, 2015 12:07 AM GMT
    *runs through thread nekkid*
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    Feb 28, 2015 12:22 AM GMT
    I tried being exceptional until I found out everyone else was doing the same thing so I stopped...

    Now I am working on blending in in a really special way.
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    Feb 28, 2015 1:29 AM GMT
    Cash saidI tried being exceptional until I found out everyone else was doing the same thing so I stopped...

    Now I am working on blending in in a really special way.
    You can blend in me anytime baby. icon_razz.gif
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    Feb 28, 2015 5:08 PM GMT
    Cash saidI tried being exceptional until I found out everyone else was doing the same thing so I stopped...

    Now I am working on blending in in a really special way.

    But enough about your foundation.
    How clever are you with rouge?
  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 28, 2015 5:14 PM GMT
    I misread-- thought you were bending in a really special way.
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    Mar 02, 2015 5:49 PM GMT
    Whatever it is: you develop a plan, execute, modify, execute, start over, walking into, above, and beyond, whatever goals we might have.

    “I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.”

    Rosa Parks

    E.g.: there's no excuse for being that faceless, creepy, torso. To be exceptional, you have to just do it.

    When I had open heart surgery in June of 2013 (the profile picture is from just a few months later), I set goals and milestones. Initially, my worst fear was a sneeze. I had just been sawed in 1/2. A sneeze meant pain, and plenty of it, but, I can stand it. As each milestone passed, from not being able to lay on my side, to fear of a sneeze, to laying in my bed, to being able to pick up my laptop, to picking up a gallon of water, to doing triceps dips, and achieved my goal of exceptional excellence in lifting once again. In fact, I'm probably better than I ever was.

    You can't be a coward when it comes to difficult things. You have to make a plan, and walk into, through, and above your challenges. My chest still hurts when I put on 90's on it and pull the 5 sets of wires in my chest, but.. I CAN STAND IT. Most folks with excellence CAN stand it, whether it's impossible people, or the pain of running a marathon. Walking into the unknown is the trick. Embracing the adventure is the fun. Seeing the result is the satisfaction that brings confidence and peace.

    And, yes, a sneeze STILL hurts, but, not nearly as much, and I CAN STAND IT.

    Don't wanna be lonely? Get pictured, profiled, social, and learn decorum. Self acceptance is a big step, and then saying to yourself I'm going after this or that goal is essential. That's what being exceptional is: not being a coward. Planning for success. Modified the plan if needed. Using lessons learned to change directions. Being kind.
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    Mar 02, 2015 10:45 PM GMT
    Sharkspeare said
    Cash saidI tried being exceptional until I found out everyone else was doing the same thing so I stopped...

    Now I am working on blending in in a really special way.

    But enough about your foundation.
    How clever are you with rouge?


    My latest art installation is called NEW JERSEY.

    I just keep applying mascara and liquid eyeliner until I pass out and the audience goes to a diner.

    No one really gets it...
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    Mar 02, 2015 11:26 PM GMT
    Cash saidNo one really gets it...
    I think I get it. I have to flip my diner table over though, right? It's what passes for applause in New Jersey, I hear.
  • Eli_jah

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    Mar 04, 2015 4:59 AM GMT
    Cash said
    Sharkspeare said
    Cash saidI tried being exceptional until I found out everyone else was doing the same thing so I stopped...

    Now I am working on blending in in a really special way.

    But enough about your foundation.
    How clever are you with rouge?


    My latest art installation is called NEW JERSEY.

    I just keep applying mascara and liquid eyeliner until I pass out and the audience goes to a diner.

    No one really gets it...


    Oh my god, you are a hoot and a half. For real.
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    Mar 04, 2015 4:21 PM GMT
    pazzy saidi prefer to blend in the shadows where nobody acknowledges me or knows of my existence. unfortunately, it doesn't happen like that. i like to be alone because i can be weird as i want to be, talk to myself outloud, can do whatever the hell i want and etc without having to worry what anybody thinks or reactions but that only last for a brief moment because someone pops up. shit, my dream is to have a house where i can do whatever the fuck. smoke weed and getting high off bongs, have wallpaper of jiggypuff in the dining room, have strobe lights in the bedroom or put blue, red, green, or whatever color light bulb in my room, posters and shit.


    Wow, you're really cool. icon_smile.gif

    About the topic of the thread, this argue about being exceptional or not is careless for me, everyone have the possibilities to be what he or she want to be but with the consecuences it concerns, of course.

    Its absolute obvious that all we are different and some have better skills in other subjects than others, but I firmly believe that one can do and be whatever he/she want with the right clues and knowledge.

    But of course, there are some traits in people that are genetically there that might atract more to the others for cultural believes or simple the way humanity is.

    And personally, I think all the lives matter the same, its just there are people more evolved than others and with a highness consciousness than others.
  • bobbobbob

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    Mar 04, 2015 6:24 PM GMT
    Aidenz

    it's pretty obvious you have a shallow concept of exceptionalism that you start out associating it with getting attention and a few celebrities whose notoriety is based more in image than substance.

    Next you say exceptionalism is a "much needed commodity in the entertainment industry to be able to stand out." No. Wrong. Ultimately everything about the entertainment based in image, not substance. The exceptionalism you think you perceive in most celebrities is illusions, smoke and mirrors created by studios, consultants, personal managers, and the media in order to sell you music and movie tickets.

    If you take away the image of most big celebrities what are you left with? Nobodys. Boring uninteresting nobodys because they were all image, empty on the inside except for hyper sensitive egos and inflated vanities.

    (Off topic, this reminds me of a famous line from an old movie about a once famous actress who can't deal with no longer being a star.)

    Joe Gillis: You're Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.
    Norma Desmond: I *am* big. It's the *pictures* that got small.

    For people who are all image/no substance it's almost universal that they have Norma Desmond's attitude as fame declines. If you get to meet a few sooner or later you'll hear lines like, "It's the music industry/studios/media/ the fans/who are wrong - NOT ME! I AM a STAR!"

    People who are truly exceptional most often seem to be the ones who are innovators, whose accomplishments are never done to impress anyone. I feel honored to know a handsome 29 year old self made multi millionaire who lives in a small apartment on the backwaters, drives an ordinary truck and snickers when he meets anyone decked out with a rolex or vehicle designed to impress others. I met him because of the enormous donations he makes to a charity I've been involved in for over 20 years. If he wanted fame he could have just by allowing people like myself to spread word about his generosity. Instead he goes to extremes to avoid publicity so he can continue to lead a normal life.

    His modesty, friendliness and low key personality make him much more inspirational and motivating than the human peacocks and attention whores who put image ahead of substance in their careers and personal lives.



  • AMoonHawk

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    Mar 04, 2015 6:32 PM GMT
    Like any car traveling at 150 mph on a crowded freeway, they eventually crash and burn icon_twisted.gif
  • Zigs_01

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    Mar 04, 2015 7:01 PM GMT
    I always attract attention for some reason. It may be due to my analytic and imaginative nature. Being exceptional isn't always a positive thing. I always give out mixed feelings to people from my personality. It's not that I'm so weird. It's that you're so ordinary.

    Kanye West and Beyonce are only exceptional by media attention. If it weren't for their limelight, they'd be normal and everyday people. I know plenty of people like them and they fit right in.
  • jo2hotbod

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    Mar 05, 2015 2:37 AM GMT
    We are really nothing special