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10 Things You Shouldn’t Hide Anymore, No Matter How Others View You

10 Things You Shouldn’t Hide Anymore, No Matter How Others View You

I know that when I was growing up, I was small, skinny and wasn’t good in sports. I hid a lot. I didn’t want my peers to know my home because they would assume my parents weren’t so wealthy. I missed out on some fun parts because I was hiding. But guess it did not matter much. It only diminished my presence rather than make me blossom. This I have learned all these years, there is really no reason to hide what gifts I have and who I really am.

“The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.” – Charles Bukowski

1. You shouldn’t hide your intellectuality

You are knowledgeable. You are strong mentally and you see the world from a holistic angle. You are not one sided. You are not in a loss on what to say to your environment. Yet you hide it. Yet you are afraid that once you say something people will pose a defensive threat.

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2. You shouldn’t hide your awareness

You are well traveled and have been to several places. You are a reservoir of experience and what exciting thoughts you could share. Let other people know that you have some social substance and that you can see beyond their facade. Let them gain from your experience and your awareness.

3. You shouldn’t hide your intensity

There is passion and energy in you. And yes this can be intimidating to those who do not have it. you should flaunt it and get out of the way to prove that what changes everything isn’t simply sitting down and folding arms.

4. You shouldn’t hide your beauty

Yes you are sexy, but you hide that figure in long overalls. Yes you have the right curves, but you prefer to cover them in inappropriate clothes. You got the lovely eyes, yet you hide them in sunglasses. There is no point in hiding such things as your looks. Flaunt it and use it as a weapon for success.

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5. You shouldn’t hide your good nature

You are kind and you have a caring personality. You warm up to others and you really wish the world was a better place. But you hide your good-nature spirit because you are afraid the world will take advantage of who you are.

6. You shouldn’t hide your scars

“Once you’ve accepted your flaws, no one can use them against you.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Whether emotional or physical scars, having those scars shows that you have passed through a funnel of becoming. You are not who you were and somehow these experiences have made you tough. Let the world see your scars and listen to your story, who knows what value you would have rendered?

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7. You shouldn’t hide your humor

People have lost their sense of humor because they feel the world around them wants them to be so serious. Laughter and humor is good for the soul. Why don’t you share your brightness and offer it to the world.

8. You shouldn’t hide your authenticity

You are real. But certain people love lies and think that the fake ones are a great sell. But you do not need to be like one of those. Be who you are. Be real and genuine to yourself and to those who surround you. Such truthfulness would add greater character to who you are.

9. You shouldn’t hide your beliefs

It is easy to be intimidated by those who don’t share your thoughts, opinions or beliefs on certain subjects. Because you want to gain acceptance by these ones, you suddenly get a cold feet and hide your beliefs. You stick to other people’s opinion because you do not know what they will say when they listen to what you have to say. Well it is either they respect you or they are not deserving of being around you. Air your beliefs and never hide what opinion you have on a topic.

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10. You shouldn’t hide your skills

Whatever talents or skills the Creator has blessed you with please use it as a contribution to the development of our world. People with great skills are rare, but the world needs them. The world needs you too.

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Last Updated on April 8, 2020

11 Things Overachievers Do Differently

11 Things Overachievers Do Differently

We all know some overachievers: supermoms who manage to get online degrees between cleaning, cooking, and taking kids to practice; students who write 10-page papers when the directions call for 4; managers whose resumes look more like pages from the Guinness book of Records.

How do they do it all? How is it possible that one person can graduate at the top of their class, found an orphanage in India, run 30k marathons, write a best-selling book, travel all over the world and learn to speak Mandarin Chinese while having a full-time job?

What’s the secret of an overachiever? Here’re 11 things overachievers do differently that you can learn from.

1. They Know How to Manage Their Time

It’s pretty simple actually – you can never become an overachiever if you don’t know how to organize your time efficiently.

The great thing is that overachievers are ready to share their knowledge and time management talent with the rest of the world. Read The 4-Hour Workweek or The 4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss, and you’ll know what I’m talking about.

2. They Don’t Spend Hours Watching TV or Playing Computer Games

Mostly because they have better things to do, like exercising, reading, spending an evening with their family or volunteering to work in the local soup kitchen. Their philosophy is simple – the world is full of wonderful things to try, explore and experience. Watching TV is not one of them.

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3. They Are Obsessed With Perfection

Imagine Steve Jobs’ work approach and you’ll understand the level of perfection and painfully high standards that overachievers set for themselves and those around them. Often it pays off (especially if they focus on just one domain). But sometimes compulsive over-striving turns into a sure-fire road to disappointments and unfinished tasks.

Learn how to strike a balance: How Not to Let Perfectionism Secretly Screw You Up

4. They Know How To Inspire

Overachievers learn quickly that it is much easier to achieve goals through collaboration (and especially delegation). So they know how to inspire, encourage, persuade and motivate people around them. Even though they often drive their team crazy with their stubbornness and perfectionism, people quickly follow under the spell of their enthusiasm and greater vision.

Learn these 10 Powerful Ways to Influence People Positively.

5. They Set Clear Goals

The term “overachiever” itself implies that they know how to achieve goals. That is kind of hard to do if your goals are vague, unclear and lack specific deadline, which is why overachievers educate themselves, read goal-setting books, and think about the best way to approach a new task.

Although, it’s worth mentioning that overachievers usually use their time management and goal-setting skills towards competitive, “I want to kick butt” type of goals rather than self-improvement, mastery goals.

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Take a look at these tips to help you set clearer goals: What Are SMART Goals (And How to Use Them to Become Successful)

6. They Are Organized

It’s hard to imagine a disorganized overachiever, isn’t it? Their great organizational and planning skills usually serve three main purposes: keeping track of time, keeping track of progress and keeping track of achievements.

This hasn’t been confirmed by scientific research yet, but overachievers might actually get a “runner’s high” from crossing tasks off their to-do lists, and making new to-do lists.

Here’s How to Organize Your Life: 10 Habits of Really Organized People

7. They Try to Avoid Failure at All Costs

Some psychologists believe that overachievers place their self-worth on their competence, driven by an underlying fear of failure. Rather than setting and striving for goals based on a pure desire to achieve, their core motivation becomes avoiding failure. This may explain the fact that overachiever beat themselves up for even little setbacks and seemingly-insignificant mistakes.

But be aware that having a strong fear of failure can wrek havoc your productivity. So the best thing to do? Learn to conquer the fear: Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Conquer It)

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8. They Love Awards

Who doesn’t love them, right? True enough, but unlike most people who like to feel acknowledged and appreciated for their efforts, overachievers are bent on collecting ‘awards’, be it university degrees, spelling bee prizes or unusual destinations.

While loving awares isn’t bad, it’s even better if you’re driven by internal motivation instead of external ones which could be quite uncontrolable or unstable: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It).

9. They Don’t Understand the Concept of Work Hours

Don’t get surprised if you receive a work-related email anywhere between 8 p.m. and midnight. It’s something overachievers usually do and you weren’t the only one. At least 20 more emails have been sent during these hours to other people. The concepts of over-achieving and working overtime usually go hand in hand.

The downside of this is an imbalnced life, which may need to problems in other aspects of life including health and relationships. A better way is to Achieve a Realistic Work Life Balance.

10. They Rest

Overachievers might often be labeled as “workaholics”, because they often ignore bodily signs of hunger, fatigue and even a full bladder, hoping to finish just one last little part. This doesn’t mean that overachievers don’t know how to disconnect and relax.

True that they tend to work in the highest gear, but they also have enough sense to give themselves time to rest and recharge. Of course, they do it in their own overachieving way, preferring climbing Mount Kilimanjaro or hiking through the Amazon jungle to lazing on the beach.

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11. Overachievers Continuously Educate Themselves

A great quality that most overachievers have is the hunger for knowledge. They surround themselves with bright people. They know how to listen, and most importantly, they get tons of mentoring.

Despite the fact that overachievers want to excel at everything they set their minds on, they are humble enough to admit that to get on top of their game, they need help. And they are willing to pay someone to push, coach and guide them.

You too can learn How to Create a Habit of Continuous Learning for a Better You.

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