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9 Reasons You Are Brilliant But Do Not Realize

9 Reasons You Are Brilliant But Do Not Realize

It is so easy to get starstruck. We all have idols and heroes—people we admire, look up to, and aspire to become like. But if we are not careful, our admiration can become an obsession. We might place other people so high up on a pedestal that we end up forgetting how brilliant we are, a chasm that causes us to have a shallow view of our own self-worth.

The truth is, we all possess amazing qualities and abilities. We may not all be the same, but it is in our uniqueness that we find our brilliance. Perhaps one of the most beautiful expressions of this truth is from Marianne Williamson,

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?”

With that said, here are 9 reasons you are brilliant but do not realize:

1. You hear “that’s impossible!” and see a challenge, not a conclusion.

Life is a continually journey of setting up goals and knocking them down. Failures are merely a stepping stone for you as you progress toward success. Rather than seeking to be in the comfort zone, you know that most of your growth comes from being outside the comfort zone.

2. You are emotionally intelligent.

Far beyond being able to remember facts, statistics, and solving mathematical equations. You have a unique ability to interpret and evaluate not only your own varying emotions, but also others. You possess this social intelligence and wisdom that knows when and how to act in different situations.

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3. You expect the best. From Yourself.

Beyond the expectations of anyone else, you place the greatest expectations on yourself. Your life is marked by excellence because you pursue excellence. People wonder why great things always “‘happen” to you, but you wonder why people will settle for anything but great things. You keep setting the bar higher.

4. You are a Jack-of-all-trades. And a master.

You have proved brilliance to yourself in accomplishing many goals throughout life. You have a cabinet filled with trophies from your high school and college days. There is always some party trick that you can pull out when the room gets a little dull—even if it is just a bit of juggling. You are in the process of mastering a new skill right now.

5. You are never the bystander.

While people sit back and watch things happen, you are right in the middle making things happen. When everything is chaotic and people are wondering what to do, you are solving the problem and leading people to get the job done. You never sit on the sideline; you are always playing the game.

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6. You have 9 lives.

Curious as a cat, you may have hurt yourself in your curious endeavors, but the reason you know so much about so many things is because you are not afraid to step out and give something a shot. Everything is a learning experience for you. You have put your body on the line many times before, and have scars to prove it.

7. Your dreams and goals are unrealistic.

That quote, “If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough” is written on your wall, in your journal, or saved on your phone. You often do not share your dreams with people because they think you are crazy. But it is the crazy people who think they can change the world that actually do.

8. You despise conformity.

Rather than follow the well-beaten path, you seek to tread a new trail. You are a pioneer. A trendsetter. People often look to you for advice and guidance. Instead of doing the same thing over and over, you are constantly thinking of new ways to do things.

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9. You possess a relentless passion and drive.

You work harder than anyone that you know and believe that luck is something that comes with hard work. You believe that perspiration and perseverance are the keys to any success. You are also patient and know that if you continue to do the work, good things will happen. You know life is a marathon and you keep pushing.

Instead of envying the brilliance that you see in so many other people’s lives, you need to take a moment and look in the mirror. You. Are. Brilliant.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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