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7 Ways to Supercharge Your Success Right Now

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Dr Seuss said it well, “why fit in when you were born to stand out?” Throughout Dr Seuss books, he taught us about everything like courage, gratitude and that anything is possible. His stories immersed the minds of many with endless possibilities.

Embracing all aspects of yourself is far more pertinent today than ever before. Harnessing your individuality, setting alight your greatness and when you find your tribe of weirdness, collectively uplifting each other to live your dreams.

If you truly want to take your life, career, or business to whole new level of success, then taking the option of doing the same old thing, the same old way, cannot exist in today’s world. If ever there was a time to stand out from the crowd, it is right now.

There is often a pull of conformity, a powerful force to align your attitudes, beliefs and behaviors with those around you. At times, it can be quite overt, while at other times there is a subtler influence. Even though we think of ourselves as individuals, human beings are driven to fit in and go with the flow.

In the 21st century, creativity has replaced complacency. Resilience has trumped the status quo. Leading with excellence is now the golden standard.

Here are 7 ways to turbocharge your success, make an unforgettable impression and be identified as the real entrepreneur or leader that you are:

1. Know thyself

Cultivating emotional intelligence is the key to knowing thyself. You must have the ability to acknowledge your emotions and understand how you function in the world which will provide the platform to better understand why you do the things you do. Even more than that, emotional intelligence attracts people who are looking to connect with someone who is competent and capable. Know what you are good at and what you “suck” at. Invest in your strengths and open the door to possibilities.

2. Touchy-feely human connection

Too many people confuse sympathy with empathy. Sympathy comes from a good place however sympathy exacerbates the pain. Empathy acknowledges suffering and does not require collusion.

When empathy is introduced in a business environment, notions of “touchy-feely” tend to come into people’s minds, yet empathy is the glue that keeps relationships moving forward. As a result, people create bonds of trust and become insightful into the thinking and feelings of others. Your people acumen skills become refined and informed decisions are made.

When you are an empathetic leader, you become aware of how these feelings, whether you agree or not, impact the other person’s perception. You see through the lens of their perception and appreciate what they are going through.

“Nobody cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” – Theodore Roosevelt

3. Leading you, leading others

Whether it’s leading you, or leading others, empathy is critical to leadership development. Dr Daniel Goleman, wrote the article “What Makes a Leader?” in the Harvard Business Review, and it refers to why empathy is critical in business today. Empathic leaders use their knowledge to improve companies by demonstrating an awareness and appreciation of staff feelings even when not in agreeance as it builds trust.

People have faith that you will at least consider their feelings and support them to succeed. When empathy does not exist, people always have their guard up. Time is invested in having to look out for their own emotional interest, and this is how relationships deteriorate and productivity declines.

4. Building the empathy muscle

Perhaps it’s time to implement 3 practical tips to assist you to be more empathetic:

  1. Listen with your ears, eyes and heart. Listen to hidden emotions behind what people are saying. Notice body language, tonality and the context of the situation. Professor Emeritus, Albert Mehrabian identified 93% of a message we communicate is contained in our tonality and body language. Spend time to understand how we come across when we communicate with others about our feelings and attitudes.
  2. Be fully present when you are with people. Use people’s names and immerse yourself in the conversation as if nothing else exists.
  3. Be genuine in your recognition and praise of another person. Capture the moment and provide sincere and impactful words to recognize their contribution.

The more we use the empathy muscle, the stronger it becomes.

5. Keep your promises to you

You can stand out in today’s world simply by being consistent in fulfilling your commitments to yourself first and then others. If you can’t keep a promise to you, how will you keep your commitment to another? Honesty about not being able to fulfil your responsibility is crucial and even rarer. Take responsibility for your inability to deliver and be clear about the solution.

“Honest communication is built on truth and integrity and upon respect of the one for the other.” – Benjamin E. Mays

6. Happiness is a choice

Every single person is responsible for their happiness. It cannot be handed out to another person. It all starts with you. Whether it be at work, in your community or in your everyday life, we know that living a purposeful life is what really matters. When you unleash happiness, unlock your potential and break free from the herd, success is created. You don’t need to be superhuman, just break free from the cult of mediocrity.

7. Have a little Hope

I’m not talking about unicorns and rainbow’s, a person that everyone wants to muzzle, I’m talking about bringing curiosity to the table. Leaders do more listening and questioning and are driven by solution focused conversations. Rather than immersing yourself in blame, judgment or throwing each other under the bus, rise above the BS to really ask the questions – “What do you know for sure? What could you do right now to help? How could we make this work?”  

The principle role of a leader is to issue a call to greatness and help others be great. Eliminate the emotional waste, facilitate conversations that lead people to find good answers themselves and collaborate to spark creativity and innovation.

If you were born to stand out, let us know in the comments what you are doing to make sure this happens!

Angela Kambouris used to work with high risk kids in the streets of Melbourne, now she has her own consultancy business and writes for large publications. As a leadership coach and business leader having spent over 20 years in the field of vulnerability and trauma, she has built a high-level career as an executive and transitioned into a business owner. She has spoken on stages and worked with thousands of people in self-development, leadership, mindset, human behavior and business. Love to travel, experience difference cultures and mastermind with leaders and expert authorities in personal development and business all over the world. Connect with her through her website http://angelakambouris.com/ or through her Facebook.

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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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