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3 Positive and Negative Results From the Desire to Be the Best




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Many people are addicted to success. They want to be the first and the best. They want their names on the newspapers, acclaimed as pioneers and explorers. But, like everything else, there is a positive and a negative aspect to this behavior.

Here are 3 positive aspects of trying to become the best:

1. You will seek self-improvement

If you cultivate the desire to become the best, you will seek constant self-improvement. You will analyze your behavior and try to fix anything that might become a disadvantage along the way. You will happily go to therapy, do meditation, go to the gym, and eat healthily. You want to be admired in every aspect of your life, and nothing will be too hard to be done.

“Become addicted to constant and never-ending self-improvement.” –Anthony J. D’Angelo

2. You will learn new things

In order to come up with new and original ideas, you will spend a great amount of your time learning new things. You will try to find out everything that has been done in your area of expertise and to figure out what hasn’t been done yet, or what can be done better.

And if you realize that there are skills that you don’t have to achieve your goal, you will learn them as fast as you can. You will find the time and the money, and you will dedicate yourself to your best.


3. You will accomplish your goals

And because it is so important to you, you will achieve your goals. You will get things done, no matter what. You will never procrastinate, and you will find the resources that you need to make things happen. No excuses or limitation will stay between you and your achievements.

Here are 3 negative aspects of trying to become the best:

1. Failure and losses will hit you harder

On the other hand, people who always need to be the best can’t deal well with failure and losses. They get obsessed with winning, even if it is just a board game. A step back is a tragedy to them.

Even though they might understand that failure is a natural part of any journey, they will still feel like they are being left behind and that the outcome was unfair – considering how hard they tried. It might make far more difficult for them to recharge and start over.


2. You will expect perfection from everybody

Because it’s such a natural behavior for you, you will think that everybody should get the same thrill from being the best that you experience. That is to say that your standards will be high. So high that many people might think that they can never live up to your expectations.

As a consequence, some people addicted to success might become very lonely or find it difficult to keep a long-term relationship. Even with family and friends, things might not happen so easy as they could be.

“When you stop expecting people to be perfect, you can like them for who they are.” – Donald Miller

3. You won’t accomplish your goals

As often as being self-driven can help you to achieve your goals, it might work the other way around. Instead of giving you the energy to make things happen, it might drain you to the point of overthinking and paralyzing your movements.

People who are afraid of failure, as mentioned above, don’t usually take action, just because they don’t want to take the risk. They can’t see that doing anything at all is not a recipe for a safe passage, but to boredom and disappointment in the future.

The desire of becoming the best can be your best friend or worst enemy. It will depend on how you let it control your decisions and the way you see the world. If you use it to achieve your goals, you are bound to accomplish them. But if you take it to the extreme level, it will just make you lonely and depressed. So balance it wisely.

How has trying to be the best affected your life? Please leave your thoughts below!

Malia Keirsey is a young photographer and web designer on the Flash Essay from Chicago. She shares her experience with people by articles about human behavior and decisions that affect the world around us. You can follow her on Twitter.

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How Your Friends Determine Whether You Succeed or Not




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Can anyone do without having friends? We all have our friends, we share ideas with them, talk together, have fun, and fight. Yes, that’s the baseline of friendship. But, do you know that aside from you, your friends can determine whether you achieve success or not?

There are two things in friendship which are the ability to ”love” and the ability to “influence”. This means you are loved and you are influenced. How do your friends affect your success in life? How are they one of the biggest deciding factors of your success? Let’s find out.

What type of friends do you keep? 

First, what type of friends do you keep? Who do you call your best friend? There are two different kinds of friends, good friends, and bad ones. A lot of people have lost their pathway to success and some have also found their road to success all because of the friends they keep, the people they mingle with. 

Who is your best friend? Answer carefully. Having a best friend means you find each other compatible and understanding. Analyze who your best friend is. If your best friend has not motivated you to do something positive, if who you call your bestie has never given you positive advice, lastly if your best friend has never informed and advised you on your shortcomings, then you don’t have a best friend.

This quote tells us “birds of the same feather flock together”. Countless people have changed from their good nature into a bad one all because of friends. One thing to note is, “negative people move with negative aura”. If your best friend is filled with negativity inside-out then you will surely be affected by his/her negative aura.

They influence your success with positivity or negativity 

The friends you keep can either influence you with positivity or negativity because your friends have the power to change your kind of person completely. 

This is how your friends influence you:

  1. They influence you indirectly with what they do
  2. They influence you directly by teaching and giving you advice 

Yes, that is how they influence you. For instance, you watch a movie and you like the way the actor walks. The question is if you truly like the way the actor walks, won’t you try to imitate the actor? Of course, you will.

Just the way you imitate the actor is the same way your friends can influence you with their character. However, the funny part is, they don’t have to teach you to do things like them. You just find yourself imitating and copying them gradually.

An important question to ask is, are you imitating a good friend or a bad one? If you imitate a good friend then you will be good, but if you imitate a bad person, you will surely become a bad person.

Everyone wants to succeed, a good friend will always teach, enlighten, and motivate you for success. A bad friend will only motivate you to do evil things (smoking, drinking, fight, envy,).

And you should know that things like that are a great enemy of success and even of God. So, if you have these bad elements in your life, how will you achieve success? There is no way!

And also, they can teach and advise you directly. But, what do your friends teach you? When you ask them for advice do they inspire you positively or teach you the bad stuff.? A lot of people have regretted lifelong decisions just by listening to the advice of friends. 

The company you keep has the power to influence and change you. Never forget that a positive influence will teach, motivate, and brush you up for success. While a negative influence will inspire you to become a bad person, change your good nature, and leave you with regrets in the end.

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The 3 Step Process to Building a Profitable Pitch




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As a communication coach, one of the top questions entrepreneurs ask me is how to deliver a winning pitch to potential investors. They want to know if there’s a magic formula to get an investor to say yes and buy into their dream and their business. (more…)

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The 4 Pillars of Wealth and Abundance




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Have you ever wondered what the formula for a wealthy and abundant life is? Many people have. Lots has been written about the subject of wealth creation and living an abundant life. It was a breaking point in my journey and pursuit of success when I found out that there is a clear path to achieve success in life. Thanks to those who have shared their journey, we can clearly see and follow the principles of prosperity. (more…)

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Here Are 4 Reasons Why You Should Have a Podcast, Youtube Channel or Online Show




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Confidence comes from a place of strong understanding of self. After close to three years on radio, I’ve grown from a shy introvert to a shy introvert with an extrovert persona. When the mic is turned on, I can channel a version of myself that some say is attractive, strong, and of course, confident but it wasn’t always this way.

What I want to share with you is what I discovered on this journey into broadcast that you can apply to your life, your ventures, and your personal development. This doesn’t require any fancy gear. It does require a leap of faith on your part because once you go down the road of media; it can change your life.

1. Perceived Expertise

When you go to a doctor, you expect their knowledge will guide them to a solution to your problems. When you have a show, you become your listeners’ doctor. For all the multiple thousands, maybe millions, of YouTube channels, podcasts, and user-created content in the world, each person that gets behind a mic takes a position on their passion, their opinions, and their themes.

They challenge the status quo for the benefit of their listeners in hopes to entertain and educate. With consistency on your side, those fans place you on a platform and give you permission to influence them.

2. Global Acknowledgement

One of the benefits to increasing confidence is when you receive thank you notes from people you may never meet. The feeling of enriching someone’s life from halfway around the globe, provides validation you’re enhancing someone else’s life with your wisdom and your wit.

The very first time I was told I was making a difference in someone’s life in a country other than my own, I felt like I caused massive impact that transcends my circle of influence. When you experience just how much you can cause impact and it comes back to you, it’ll change your worldview.

“Be grateful for what you have and stop complaining – it bores everybody else, does you no good, and doesn’t solve any problems.” – Zig Ziglar

3. Backed By Numbers

One of the most exciting ways to measure success is to quantify your growth. It’s not enough to just broadcast. Having subscribers and downloads helps to know, numerically, how well you’re doing. Word of caution. This can be a way to set yourself up for distress because of number envy but if you understand what the numbers mean; you can control the narrative of the numbers.

The major number that makes most people smile is 10,000. I’d advise it to be 1. Here’s why. As you grow in your industry, so does your reach. If you learned that the one person that subscribed totally changed for the better because of you, wouldn’t that be worth the effort?

4. Effective Communication

While it’s not talked about much, having a show is documentation. You create a dynamic account of your life, your industry, and the pulse on what’s important simply by having a show. When you find a channel to improve your communication skills, you demand attention and people will listen to you. You become more trusted as a leader and people will follow you once they believe you can lead them to their wants and needs.

“To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.” – Tony Robbins

These insights have helped many people become leaders and, ultimately, move others to their best selves. It’s worked for me and I hope it works for you. At the end of the day, it’s all about showing up and showing out.

Have you ever thought about having a radio show? If so, what would you talk about? Let us below!

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