What is the meaning of the phrase make your mark?

The phrase “make your mark” or “leave your mark” is used to mean that someone should have an impact on the world – basically that they should do something great that is widely recognized by people. The simplest definition is to say that “make your mark” is equivalent/synonymous to “achieve great success” or “make people remember you because you are so good at something”.

What is the origin of the phrase make your mark?

The phrase was originally used in archery – to “make your mark” was to hit the target with your arrow.

Example of “Make your mark” in a sentence

Here’s an example of how the phrase “make your mark” can be used in a sentence:

"If you want to make your mark in the business world, 
you will have to work extremely hard."

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