How to Achieve More by Using your Strengths

by Anonymous on January 1, 2010

Choose your battles wisely

One defends when his strength is inadequate; he attacks when it is abundant. — Sun Tzu

We all find ourselves in situations where no matter what we do, we can’t make the progress we want to make. Maybe it’s because our strengths aren’t adequate for the task or the difficulties of the situation seem to exploit our weaknesses. Either way, we are stuck. If we continue fighting in this scenario, we’ll end up with years of wasted effort and relatively little to show for it.

If you find yourself in this situation, the best move you can make is to channel your energy outside of this situation. You have to look for another battle, a winnable battle, where you can make the fullest use of your greatest strengths. Find a battle that has opportunities and vulnerabilities that your strengths can easily exploit; you will achieve considerably more in a shorter span of time.

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12 Fundamentals of Instant Charisma

by Anonymous on December 5, 2009

Sean Connery as James Bond

Have you ever met someone who can captivate a room as soon as they enter it and instantly become the center of attention? You can’t help but hang on their every word and as soon as they leave, you’re left with feeling of adoration and respect that seems almost magical.

In this heightened state, you can’t quite find right words to explain this affect they have on you; most people can’t. That’s because charisma is one of the most mysterious topics there are and the most challenging to define. Charisma is composed of a constellation of factors and if it’s missing any of those essential ingredients, it ceases to be real charisma and becomes something else that is less spellbinding.

Some examples of highly charismatic people include the following:

  • Al Pacino
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • James Woods
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Bill Clinton
  • Sean Connery
  • Dwayne Johnson
  • Meryl Streep
  • Joe Pantoliano

You may have wondered at one time what makes these people so charismatic and how you can attain this skill set for yourself. If you continue reading, you’ll find the answers to both of these questions and perhaps something else that is life-changing along the way.

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9 Powerful Techniques for Persuading People

by Anonymous on November 28, 2009

Let’s say you have an idea that you’re passionate about and you know it would prove beneficial not just to you but everyone else around you. You know deep down in your heart that it is the best way to go. You know with complete conviction that it is the most logical choice there is to make.

But no matter how valuable or helpful your proposition is, it will never happen unless you can persuade other people to support it and implement it. You’ll never make progress in life if you can’t gain the cooperation of other people. With so many distractions all around us, your ability to sway people to your ideas is equally as important as the quality of the ideas themselves. In many cases, the power to persuade is clearly the top determinant of success.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was a human rights icon, one of the world’s most renowned orators, and the most prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement. He fought for a cause that he felt was worth dying for.

As a result, millions of people from diverse backgrounds were able to reach a level of harmony and unity that wasn’t possible at any other time in history. Life would be dramatically different if it weren’t for his timeless influence and decisive determination.

King’s major achievements:

  1. In 1955, he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott in Montgomery, Alabama. Though King was arrested during this campaign, it led to a United States District Court ruling that ended racial segregation on all Montgomery public buses.
  2. In 1957, he founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference which is an American civil rights organization. He served as its first president.
  3. In 1963, he led a march in Washington D.C. where he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. It was there that he raised global public awareness of the civil rights movement and established himself as one of the greatest orators in U.S. history.
  4. In 1964, King became the youngest person to receive a Nobel Peace Prize for his work to end racial segregation and racial discrimination.
  5. As a result of King’s organized and led marches, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the 1965 Voting Rights Act were enacted into the law of the United States.

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