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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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7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

What do I want to do with my life? It’s a question all of us think about at one point or another.

For some, the answer comes easily. For others, it takes a lifetime to figure out.

It’s easy to just go through the motions and continue to do what’s comfortable and familiar. But for those of you who seek fulfillment, who want to do more, these questions will help you paint a clearer picture of what you want to do with your life.

1. What are the things I’m most passionate about?

The first step to living a more fulfilling life is to think about the things that you’re passionate about.

What do you love? What fulfills you? What “work” do you do that doesn’t feel like work? Maybe you enjoy writing, maybe you love working with animals or maybe you have a knack for photography.

The point is, figure out what you love doing, then do more of it.

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2. What are my greatest accomplishments in life so far?

Think about your past experiences and the things in your life you’re most proud of.

How did those accomplishments make you feel? Pretty darn good, right? So why not try and emulate those experiences and feelings?

If you ran a marathon once and loved the feeling you had afterwards, start training for another one. If your child grew up to be a star athlete or musician because of your teachings, then be a coach or mentor for other kids.

Continue to do the things that have been most fulfilling for you.

3. If my life had absolutely no limits, what would I choose to have and what would I choose to do?

Here’s a cool exercise: Think about what you would do if you had no limits.

If you had all the money and time in the world, where would you go? What would you do? Who would you spend time with?

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These answers can help you figure out what you want to do with your life. It doesn’t mean you need millions of dollars to be happy though.

What it does mean is answering these questions will help you set goals to reach certain milestones and create a path toward happiness and fulfillment. Which leads to our next question …

4. What are my goals in life?

Goals are a necessary component to set you up for a happy future. So answer these questions:

Once you figure out the answers to each of these, you’ll have a much better idea of what you should do with your life.

5. Whom do I admire most in the world?

Following the path of successful people can set you up for success.

Think about the people you respect and admire most. What are their best qualities? Why do you respect them? What can you learn from them?

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You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.[1] So don’t waste your time with people who hold you back from achieving your dreams.

Spend more time with happy, successful, optimistic people and you’ll become one of them.

6. What do I not like to do?

An important part of figuring out what you want to do with your life is honestly assessing what you don’t want to do.

What are the things you despise? What bugs you the most about your current job?

Maybe you hate meetings even though you sit through 6 hours of them every day. If that’s the case, find a job where you can work more independently.

The point is, if you want something to change in your life, you need to take action. Which leads to our final question …

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7. How hard am I willing to work to get what I want?

Great accomplishments never come easy. If you want to do great things with your life, you’re going to have to make a great effort. That will probably mean putting in more hours the average person, getting outside your comfort zone and learning as much as you can to achieve as much as you can.

But here’s the cool part: it’s often the journey that is the most fulfilling part. It’s during these seemingly small, insignificant moments that you’ll often find that “aha” moments that helps you answer the question,

“What do I want to do with my life?”

So take the first step toward improving your life. You won’t regret it.

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