7 Secrets Remarkable Leaders Embrace that Average Leaders Neglect

32,294 is the number of points it took for LeBron James to pass Michael Jordan on the N.B.A.’s top scorers list. It happened on March 6, 2019.* Lebron is now #4 on the list.

I noticed because I’m a fan of Michael Jordan. But he wasn’t remarkable at baseball.

In 1994 one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Michael Jordan, tried professional baseball. About a year later, he went back to basketball.**

Jordan was better than many at baseball, but he’s remarkable at one thing, basketball.


Jordan’s dad wanted him to play baseball. He wanted to see if he could make it. He couldn’t.

Thankfully, Michael Jordan spent most of his career focused on his remarkable talent.


Wouldn’t it have been sad if Michael Jordan had been distracted from basketball by baseball? What would he have missed?

Distraction is the enemy of remarkable.

You might be above average at a few things, but you’re remarkable at one.

7 secrets remarkable leaders know:

  1. Get over the need to shine at everything. Some say they don’t fail. That means they reach low and play it safe.
  2. Accept your average. We all use our average strengths. Don’t count on average strengths to produce remarkable results.
  3. Try stuff. Jordan couldn’t know if he was remarkable at baseball until he tried.
  4. Improve things that complement your strengths. If you’re gifted at analysis, improve decision-making. Avoid analysis paralysis.
  5. Eliminate dead-weight. The need to be right, for example.
  6. Stopping is essential for remarkable success. You aren’t remarkable until you dare to stop doing unremarkable things. You soar when you eliminate as many average activities as possible. Stop trying to please those who fear or resent your talent.
  7. Connect with remarkable others. Remarkable success is achieved by surrounding yourself with remarkable people and letting them rise.

How might leaders find and leverage their remarkable?

* NY Times

** Sports Illustrated