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One Super Valuable Skill that Nobody Shows You in Your 20s

One Super Valuable Skill that Nobody Shows You in Your 20s

How I wish I knew about this amazing skill back when I was 20. It would have spared me lots of time, money, and head-and-heart pains. More importantly, it would have launched me earlier to the realm of great fortunes and authority.

That’s right, nobody showed me this super unique skill, ever. My parents didn’t, nor did a mentor, a companion, a teacher, a lover, a professor, and certainly not a friend.

I had to endure countless rejections, failures, and head-and-heart pains to learn. It took a lot of experiences, direct and indirect. The learning happened while I was looking for a job, submitting my work, making calls, teasing friends, and giving presentations of my ideas.

If I had any knowledge of this super valuable skill whatsoever, I could have earned a scholarship, kept a few large clients, landed an impressive and premium-paying job, made a fortune in no time, and –who knows? — married my better half. On the contrary, I had to wait for 10 years to get these things, excluding the last one, for many reasons.

For most people, ‘ten years’ is a really long time. So, if you have the chance to learn it now, why not make the best of it?

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That one super unique and valuable skill has a name, and it’s called Pitching. Capital P, that’s right.

Pitching is an art that would be extremely handy in almost every situation; a career, business, and life in general. Even in politics, if you decide to run for president one day.

A pitch isn’t called one until it’s truly amazing in a way that makes you stand above everyone else. A good pitch is one that gives results. Sometimes, you only have as little as a few minutes, seconds even, to make a fantastic impression that leads to your selection.

But it has to be truly fantastic, because people are too full of themselves to notice the difference between you and the rest of the crowd. And because you are the only one with the knowledge of how you differ from others and why you deserve to be selected, it falls to you alone to prove why choosing you is the best option.

Here are 3 pieces of advice on the art of pitching.

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First, regard yourself as a “business.”

When I say “you”, I mean the entire package that includes your talents, skills, physical appearance, and other unique characteristics and attributes.

Don’t forget this basic rule: businesses should sell their images to the public, before being able to sell their products. An “image” refers to the important positive characteristics that can be related to the business. It is essential that the public (or the person that is targeted by your pitch) care for that positive image.

When promoting a positive image, bear in mind that it requires more than showcasing a winning smile. Your “image” consists of anything that represents you — from personal interactions, to whatever you post on social media. Before you can effectively pitch yourself to others, be their potential partners, clients, or employers, your online image needs to be consistent with what you’re selling upfront. According to one report, even your credit history can play a major role in how others perceive you, and can sometimes make the difference when trying to land the job of your dreams.

The point is, by knowing that nobody is perfect, you are free to have higher expectations from and delve deeper into yourself. You’d do whatever it takes to bring yourself in line with the demonstrated positive image whether that means getting your credit checked regularly or being up front about past mistakes.

Second, a successful pitch is based on a certain mold.

Although every pitch is essentially the same, you shouldn’t repeat it word for word countless times. It’s like baking a cake; you use the same ingredients and pan, but no cake is exactly the same, as each occasion calls for different presentations and decorations.

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Basically, the pitch is the connecting ring that bonds the pitcher and his target person with a defined goal. If the “bond” resonates strongly with your target person, then you have made a successful pitch. For example, if your target is looking for a job, the pitch should create a bond with the employer. If it’s a scholarship application, the pitch should create a bond to the university and the program’s mission and vision.

Purpose. Know your destination and the way it would benefit your target (person or public). Answer “why” you are the best person for it by including a clear purpose in your pitch. That may be an answer or response to a specific problem.

You can also explain why you think you are the only suitable person among the endless line of candidates. Show enough courage to admit your distinction and uniqueness.

Authentic. Be as authentic as possible. The pitch should be leading, not following. To be genuine, you can opt to use a unique and memorable acronym, a contrarian perspective, or even make a joke.

Simple. Be as simple as possible. This means that one should be able to understand it without wrinkling his forehead, reaching for the dictionary, or having a Ph.D. in decryption. It should be written in simple terms, avoiding complex sentences, easy enough to memorize.

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Short. Besides simple, make it short. Sweet. Generate a smart and catchy name of the proposal or project, where it applies, one that can be memorized easily. Examples: VoluntEARS for Disney’s volunteering program, or PetTel for Pet Hotel.

Third, no pitch is the same as the next.

The secret of success is to tailor the “mold” to the current objectives’ requirements. Customize the P-O-S-S template to your individual needs. Almost all situations need pitching, so you would benefit from remembering to use this method.

The perfect pitch is a fact-filled art with a pseudo-scientific foundation. After mastering the art of pitching, you are in for a life filled with meaning and rewards. Learn it now, without wasting any more time. Good pitches create many opportunities for a great life.

Featured photo credit: Robert Bejil Photography via imcreator.com

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Last Updated on November 15, 2018

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

Success In Reaching Goals Is Determined By Mindset

What do you think it takes to achieve your goals? Hard work? Lots of actions? While these are paramount to becoming successful in reaching our goals, neither of these are possible without a positive mindset.

As humans, we naturally tend to lean towards a negative outlook when it comes to our hopes and dreams. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves.

The Success Mindset

Success in achieving our goals comes down to a ‘success mindset’. Successful mindsets are those focused on victory, based on positive mental attitudes, empowering inclinations and good habits. Acquiring a success mindset is the sure-fire way to dramatically increase your chance to achieve your goals.

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The idea that achieving our goals comes down to our habits and actions is actually a typical type of mindset that misses a crucial point; that our mindset is, in fact, the determiner of our energy and what actions we take. A negative mindset will tend to create negative actions and similarly if we have a mindset that will only set into action once we see ‘proof’ that our goals are achievable, then the road will be much longer and arduous. This is why, instead of thinking “I’ll believe it when I see it”, a success mindset will think “I’ll see it when I believe it.”

The Placebo Effect and What It Shows Us About The Power of Mindset

The placebo effect is a perfect example of how mindset really can be powerful. In scientific trials, a group of participants were told they received medication that will heal an ailment but were actually given a sugar pill that does nothing (the placebo). Yet after the trial the participants believed it’s had a positive effect – sometimes even cured their ailment even though nothing has changed. This is the power of mindset.

How do we apply this to our goals? Well, when we set goals and dreams how often do we really believe they’ll come to fruition? Have absolute faith that they can be achieved? Have a complete unwavering expectation? Most of us don’t because we hold on to negative mindsets and limiting beliefs about ourselves that stop us from fully believing we are capable or that it’s at all possible. We tend to listen to the opinions of others despite them misaligning with our own or bow to societal pressures that make us believe we should think and act a certain way. There are many reasons why we possess these types of mindsets but a success mindset can be achieved.

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How To Create a Success Mindset

People with success mindsets have a particular way of perceiving things. They have positive outlooks and are able to put faith fully in their ability to succeed. With that in mind, here are a few ways that can turn a negative mindset into a successful one.

1. A Success Mindset Comes From a Growth Mindset

How does a mindset even manifest itself? It comes from the way you talk to yourself in the privacy of your own head. Realising this will go a long way towards noticing how you speak to yourself and others around you. If it’s mainly negative language you use when you talk about your goals and aspirations then this is an example of a fixed mindset.

A negative mindset brings with it a huge number of limiting beliefs. It creates a fixed mindset – one that can’t see beyond it’s own limitations. A growth mindset sees these limitations and looks beyond them – it finds ways to overcome obstacles and believes that this will result in success. When you think of your goal, a fixed mindset may think “what if I fail?” A growth mindset would look at the same goal and think “failures happen but that doesn’t mean I won’t be successful.”

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There’s a lot of power in changing your perspective.

2. Look For The Successes

It’s really important to get your mind focused on positive aspects of your goal. Finding inspiration through others can be really uplifting and keep you on track with developing your success mindset; reinforcing your belief that your dreams can be achieved. Find people that you can talk with about how they achieved their goals and seek out and surround yourself with positive people. This is crucial if you’re learning to develop a positive mindset.

3. Eliminate Negativity

You can come up against a lot of negativity sometimes either through other people or within yourself. Understanding that other people’s negative opinions are created through their own fears and limiting beliefs will go a long way in sustaining your success mindset. But for a lot of us, negative chatter can come from within and these usually manifest as negative words such as can’t, won’t, shouldn’t. Sometimes, when we think of how we’re going to achieve our goals, statements in our minds come out as negative absolutes: ‘It never works out for me’ or ‘I always fail.’

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When you notice these coming up you need to turn them around with ‘It always works out for me!’ and ‘I never fail!’ The trick is to believe it no matter what’s happened in the past. Remember that every new day is a clean slate and for you to adjust your mindset.

4. Create a Vision

Envisioning your end goal and seeing it in your mind is an important trait of a success mindset. Allowing ourselves to imagine our success creates a powerful excitement that shouldn’t be underestimated. When our brain becomes excited at the thought of achieving our goals, we become more committed, work harder towards achieving it and more likely to do whatever it takes to make it happen.

If this involves creating a vision board that you can look at to remind yourself every day then go for it. Small techniques like this go a long way in sustaining your success mindset and shouldn’t be dismissed.

An Inspirational Story…

For centuries experts said that running a mile in under 4 minutes was humanly impossible. On the 6th May 1954, Rodger Bannister did just that. As part of his training, Bannister relentlessly visualised the achievement, believing he could accomplish what everyone said wasn’t possible…and he did it.

What’s more amazing is that, as soon as Bannister achieved the 4-minute mile, more and more people also achieved it. How was this possible after so many years of no one achieving it? Because in people’s minds it was suddenly possible – once people knew that it was achievable it created a mindset of success and now, after over fifty years since Bannister did the ‘impossible’, his record has been lowered by 17 seconds – the power of the success mindset!

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