I see a lot of commentary in the biz world about how hard it is to stand out in your career. The competition is stiff yes, but often times mastering the basics will get you 99% of the way.

One such way to “stand out” is to simply do what you say. If you commit to a deadline, hit it. If you say you’re going to do something, do it.

In an age of flakiness, hitting your deadlines is a all but guaranteed way to stand out.