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4 Life Lessons Ronda’s Success Can Teach Us

4 Life Lessons Ronda’s Success Can Teach Us

If you follow the UFC, then you have heard of Ronda Rousey. Ronda is a wonderkid. At the age of 27, not only has she managed to be the best female MMA fighter in her weight category, but she has managed to be a favorite in the media as well. By using all this attention she has received, she has paved her way into modeling, advertising and acting. You name it, she has been there, done that!

Not all the attention she has attracted has been good; a lot of drama outside the ring has involved her. Her bad relationships with fellow MMA players have gone viral and her straightforward way of speaking has been criticized repeatedly to the extent of questioning her abilities as a fighter. That has made some people grow skeptical of her. It is easy after seeing her so exposed in the media, either in a good or bad way, to start wondering if she is the real deal. However, whenever that happens, Ronda is there to prove herself. Not only is she front and center to prove whoever questions her wrong, but she can actually teach us a lesson or two. Here are 4 lessons you can learn from Ronda’s success.

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1. Stand for what you believe in.

Even if your ways seem unconventional to others, stand up for what you believe in. Very often Ronda passes herself off as too raw or straightforward. She has the confidence to make bold statements and pays little attention to the reactions that arise. She is also there to prove her statements true every time through her fights and effort. When you believe in yourself, you do not have to convince anyone. Your success will do the job for you.

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2. Don’t be afraid of what other people think of you.

If you take a look through the Facebook pages, YouTube videos, and published articles you can see that despite her millions of fans, there is also a lot of criticism about Ronda. Whenever confronted about the bad press, her answer is always the same: why care about something that is so easily manipulated and changeable? There is nothing more temporary than rumors and assumptions. What people think of you tends to change so easily, so you might as well treat it as what it is-–reversible and useless. Stay immune to opinions; just stick to what you do and do it well.

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3. Put all your energy in what you do and be amazing at it.

It all comes down to one thing in the end: are you good at what you do? Ronda has been questioned and challenged countless times. Each time her actions speak louder than words and her success earns her more and more respect. For example, when she had to deal with the challenge of facing Sara McMann, another Olympic game winner, there was a lot of talk about how Ronda might not be able to live up to the expectations. But Ronda not only did it, she looked better and more prepared than ever. If you are good at what you do, you have nothing to worry about. The truth will shine at the end.

4. Pay attention to detail.

It is not a coincidence that Ronda has managed to get all the media focused on her and it definitely does not only have to do with the ongoing drama. What is more important is the fact that the camera loves her. She might be a gorgeous girl by nature, but what really works here is her ritualistic attention to detail. From the way she will dress, pose, walk to the ring, to the way she puts her hair up in buns–-everything looks perfect and works for her. The effort she has put into her public image has been studied and optimized so that each and every small thing works for her. The result is just fabulous.

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The Gentle Art of Saying No

The Gentle Art of Saying No

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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