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Why I Broke Up With You Twitter And Have Found Someone Else

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Breaking Up With Twitter Because It's Dead

Dear Twitter, when we fell in love in March 2009, you were the cutest and the best bird I had ever met. I remember when we used to sit in bed together during those long, cold, winter nights. Now I just feel like I don’t know you anymore.

You never let me speak my mind with your 140-character limit, and you have become overweight with too many part time users. I don’t feel like you talk to me enough by sharing what I tweet on you, and you hardly share me with your friends like you used to.

Other, much cuter birds, have taken my attention away from you like Instagram with her sexy filtered pictures, flawless skin, and luscious colors. I started cheating on you with Instagram and then I found myself hooking up with her friends Snapchat and Periscope.

To my surprise, I even find myself starting to look again at older more mature birds like Facebook because of the way you make me feel. You haven’t aged as gracefully as others with your ever increasing wrinkles, and your inner beauty just doesn’t shine through like the bird I once knew.

Every time I tell you that you need a makeover, you just ignore me with your short bites of content and your robotic auto replies. So Twitter, I can’t do this anymore. I am breaking up with you. I’ll miss you Twitter but the time has come for me to see other people. Tim.

Below are the eight reasons why I broke up with Twitter:

 

1. Automated posts

One of the challenges Twitter is having is that social media is making a move towards real-time. I’m not saying that Twitter is the only platform that has automated posts, but it’s one of the worst offenders.

There are so many Twitter accounts that have more than three tweets a day, and you just know that they were scheduled a long way in advance. Many of these same tweets are often rehashed content from the user’s account that has been posted before on Twitter.

Tweets just feel too spammy these days and like a robot is writing them, and then repeating them over and over. It’s this reason more than any other that I believe Twitter is dying a slow death. Their financial position at times seems to reflect the same sentiment.

 

2. Followers are meaningless

Twitter, more than any other social platform, has the ability to add followers, which I now believe, are virtually meaningless. There are so many automated follower software tools that you can use to fake the number of followers you really have.

It’s not about the number of followers you have; I believe it’s about the amount of engagement you have with your followers that is the real power.

 

3. Useless automated replies

Not only are followers meaningless, but when you connect with someone new Twitter allows users to have spammy auto replies. These automated replies usually have some form of self-promotion or link to a product that someone wants you to buy.

This whole function just feels outdated and adds to the argument that Twitter is not relevant anymore and is dying a slow death.

 

4. Not enough characters

Fundamentally, one of the restrictions of Twitter is the number of characters you can type. In the beginning, it was cool, but over time, it has just become annoying because you can’t say anything of any substance.

This is why tweets are not memorable, which in turn, makes a lot of what the platform does forgettable. Maybe I am wrong on this one, but I get this feedback from people on social media all the time.

 

5. Engagement is at an all time low

Twitter Having Problems - Jack DorseyI am lucky enough to be connected with quite a few mega influencers who have followers in the hundreds of thousands. I don’t tell you this to brag; I mention it because it allows me to ask the successful people on Twitter their thoughts of the current state of play.

Every single one of them says that their engagement with their fans on Twitter is at an all time low, and they just don’t get the same level of retweets and favoured tweets as they use too.

Many are moving to other social media outlets or automating their accounts entirely so they can concentrate on other platforms.

 

6. Too much spam

As I have highlighted in the previous points, and I want to highlight again, Twitter just has too much spam nowadays. Many of the posts are not about adding value but are more focused towards shameless self-promotion.

It seems like Twitter has become the one platform that has ignored Gary Vaynerchuk’s advice from his book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. For those who haven’t read it, it’s a simple concept; deliver three tweets of value (the jabs) and then one tweet (the right hook) with an ask such as “subscribe to my mailing list.”

 

7. Uninspiring interface

Over time Twitters, interface hasn’t changed a lot. Beginners still find the Twitter concept hard to understand, and the interface is nothing too exciting, What Twitter needs in its interface is some cool new features.

Without any updates, I fear that Twitter will continue to go the same way as the Apple iPhone. It will continue to lose its relevance and what made it an awesome platform in the first place.

 

8. Too many hashtags

Hashtags are a great way to find content on social media. Another reason why I believe Twitter is dying a slow death is that hashtags have become overused on the platform. When you write one sentence and have three or more hashtags all promoting a brand or product, it just doesn’t feel right.

 

***Final Thought***

To be clear, this post is really my personal opinion of Twitter, and I’d like to think I have some credibility around its use. The purpose of this post is not to hate on Twitter but to point out some improvements so that maybe the masses will lobby for change.

While I think Twitter is dying there are still some great social media platforms that will achieve some similar Forget The LinkedIn Guru's And Communicate Like A Humanresults. An example of one is LinkedIn, which has gone from a site about people’s resumes, to a real, multifaceted social media platform.

I feel that LinkedIn engagement is at an all-time high, and the “Influencer Pages” are what Twitter should have done. Even though Twitter is becoming less attractive, I still find that following super-human influencers with millions of followers – like Tony Robbins and Richard Branson – is 100% worth my time.

Are you going to break up with Twitter? What’s your current favourite social media platform and why? Let me know in the comments section below or on my website timdenning.net and my Facebook.

Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship. You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.net

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  1. Gleeo

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Tim, you have summed up my thought regarding Twitter. It’s platform that I joined late. I’ve never had any enjoyable interaction with friends or followers. I’ve often wondered, does anyone really see these posts. Usually on Facebook and or LinkedIn I receive feedback, so I know I’m engaging people. I might leave my Twitter account alone and focus my efforts on LinkedIn and Facebook. What do you think of periscope? Is there much happening on that platform?

  2. Rob Malone

    May 23, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Not only was this very insightful and dead on, concerning twitters issues it was extremely well written. Very engaging and entertaining.

    Nice job

    • Tim Denning

      May 29, 2016 at 5:15 am

      Thanks Rob I am glad you enjoyed my point of view around Twitter!

  3. Marquita Herald

    May 14, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. I’m still on Twitter because as an author I pretty much have to be there for my “platform” numbers, and I post at least a couple of things each day, but almost never invest the time to go through the feed or read DM messages. I know others may say I’m foolish, but I’m spending more time on Google Plus. I love the Collections feature and it’s just so much easier to connect and engage with people.

    Facebook is definitely the big guy on the block, but a few months ago I gave up and deleted my fan page and now focus on engaging in groups and using my profile page. I’ve never posted “personal” information there anyway, and many of my readers post comments about my articles and books on my profile so it’s actually working out much better than my page ever did. I am certainly no expert but I do believe it’s important to remain flexible about social media and be willing to try new things rather than settle in anywhere for the long haul. Thanks!

    • Tim Denning

      May 15, 2016 at 5:21 am

      Marquita thank you for sharing your own perspective. I have never really used Google Plus so I must give it a go. Direct messages on Twitter are mostly just auto responses and there is just too much noise. For me, in my newsfeed, I don;t want to see every followers update but there is no way to block out followers easily. I have starting using Pic feed to help with this.

  4. Abel Solomon

    May 13, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Great article very interesting, to be honest I never really got into using Twitter. I found it a bit confusing and aesthetically not really appealing. As far as using it, I can`t imagine anyone being addicted to it, like say Instagram or Snap Chat. However I think it`s really good for live events like boxing or a Cup Final, you always find hilarious Tweets from people.

    From a business point of view, I personally don`t think it`s that good, because there are so many other tweets coming, your audience probably won`t even see your post.

    • Tim Denning

      May 13, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks Abel for your feedback. I totally agree with your points around Twitter and lots of people, like you, have never really got it. It is great though for following mega influencers and for live events.

  5. Stefanie

    May 13, 2016 at 6:18 am

    The reasons you stated are exactly the ones why I never entered in love with Twitter, Tim. I have been always asking myself: What’s so great about scheduling 3 tweets a day? There is so much meaningless stuff I’m not interested in, and I don’t want to be part of the people sharing these kind of stuff. Sometimes, I use it tweeting real time, and I find it helpful to enter in conversations with others.
    Thanks for sharing the article in LinkedIn. Gonna check this out, as I’m not too deep into LinkedIn yet. Since the people we want to reach out to are mostly in Facebook and Instagram, we spend more time there. I believe though that interaction has become stronger in Instagram than in Facebook.
    Do you use Snapchat? If yes, how is your experience? I haven’t used it so far, as I considered Snapchat to be more for teenagers and not for people I want to connect with. However, I heard Gary talking several times about it and it made me change my mind and check it out at least.

    • Tim Denning

      May 13, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Stefanie thanks for sharing your experience. Yes I have played around with Snapchat. The main benefit of Snapchat is that it helps you build a deeper relationship with your audience. The disadvantage is that you can’t build an organic audience and have to bring over followers from platforms like Instagram – which i don’t like that much. The future is live streaming video though. I would try Snapchat out for yourself and see what you think. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      • Stefanie

        May 18, 2016 at 4:17 pm

        Thanks for sharing your insights, Tim! Looking forward to more articles from you.

  6. Toño

    May 13, 2016 at 4:13 am

    You’ve done a beautiful introduction, Tim! I’m convinced now you may very well write a review on apps, tech products or even movies, from time to time. The story, once again delivered from your experience, kept me reading, despite having some home stuff to do before my beloved job.

    I believe, you may be a very good book writer, with your ability to explain things in simple way and deliver your emotions and state of mind in honest and available form. Oh, and have I mentioned already your talent for amazing intro? I think I did 🙂 I eagerly waiting for your book and subbed for your mailing list now not to miss on it. Take your time of course.

    Back to the article, I just realized you simply overgrown your little bird and took everything you could from this ‘relationship’. I get what you saying by ‘have credibility to use’ and I se it is not a hate, but rather constructive and valuable feedback, which, I am convinced, smart people should take as a pro tip.

    Social media took over our life so this is fully understandable we want some quality time to spend together.

    Thank you for my morning motivation, it was a good pleasure! Have a good day my friend, stay well and healthy 🙂

    • Tim Denning

      May 13, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Toño I am glad you like the intro. It’s how I really feel though…lol. Twitter was like someone I felt close to but over time it has just gone down because they have not innovated. They are starting to remind me a bit of Nokia when they were the most popular phone. I think they can still fix their issues but they need to do something.

      I have written an ebook so keep an eye out for it as i hope to complete it soon and am about to get the cover done. Thank you for taking the time to read through and for your compliments 🙂

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How to 10X the Likelihood of Completing Your Next Big Project

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According to Bob Proctor, you have a 95% chance of making personal change happen if you make a plan and set a specific time to share your progress with someone. At the opposite end of the spectrum, you only have a 10% chance of making a change if you say “that’s a good idea” to your next inspirational brain wave without doing anything else.

Now think about it, how many times have you thought “that’s a good idea” and been inspired to do something without actually pulling the trigger to take one single, simple step towards doing something? This is one of the biggest challenges standing in the way of people from achieving their fullest potential.

Here are 6 steps to help you jump-start your next project and take action right away:

1. Identify which ideas are actually good

Not all ideas are created equal, and not all ideas are worth pursuing. In fact, some ideas and goals should be actively avoided. Warren Buffett tells a story about having someone write out their top 25 career goals on a piece of paper. After looking at the list, he asks the individual to circle the top 5 goals on their list. After that, he tells the person that the 20 remaining goals should be “avoided at all costs” until the first 5 goals are met.

It is a mistake to think that you can split your energy in multiple directions and succeed at anything. Instead, focus on the top 2 or 3 things that are most important to you, and actively avoid anything that takes you away from pursuing those goals or ideas.

2. Tell yourself you will do something with this new idea

Once you’ve decided that something is important enough to pursue, make a point of telling yourself you will do something to further explore the idea. This doesn’t mean making a commitment to quit your day job to pursue a vague idea for a startup. Nor does it mean dropping everything to travel the world for 6 months. Rather, it means that you commit to looking into something to get a better idea of what’s involved before taking the leap on a project.

“Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.” – Michael Dell

3. Choose a deadline or create a window of time to get something shipped

Outline a specific window of time to accomplish something, and then write out that plan in a calendar. The most important thing is to make sure the deadline is reasonable and that you are realistic. If you make a goal to double your income and launch a new business in the next 12 months, you may find yourself becoming disheartened when things aren’t working out after 3 weeks. I typically choose to work on tasks and projects in 1-3 month sprints, at which point I check in and reevaluate my progress.

4. Outline a specific plan of action on how to do it based on the timeline you have created

I use a variety of tools to help plan out my tasks and remind myself what I’m supposed to be working on, but at the end of the day, the best tool I use to schedule activities is a simple Excel spreadsheet to track tasks on a day by day basis. Check out the book “12 Week Year” for some ideas on how to choose specific action items and tasks which will help you move the needle on your work.

“Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” – Guy Kawasaki

5. Make a commitment to accomplish something specific based on the timeline and plan

Now that you have spent the time to research your idea, develop a timeline for the idea and structured a plan with specific tasks to accomplish this idea. You must make a commitment to yourself to carry out the tasks on your list and to strive to complete everything on time.

This task is incredibly important because it requires that you tap into a deeper level of motivation that goes beyond acceptance by the group or fear of failure. Instead, you need to reach deep down and make a commitment based on a deep need to accomplish the task that goes beyond recognition.

6. Set a specific time to review and be accountable for your plan and progress with someone else

We all know that even the most powerful source of internal motivation may not be enough to keep you going when times get tough. This is why you should make a habit of meeting up with a friend, mentor or colleague to review your progress on a certain project and to get ideas on how best to proceed. Make this meeting at a time that you both agree on well in advance, be clear on the feedback you want, and then don’t miss your deadlines!

At the end of the day, taking action is perhaps the biggest deciding factor that will directly contribute to your success and your ability to achieve your goals. If you don’t act, you’re dead in the water. So make a commitment to yourself today to give this a shot.

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5 Easy Ways to Apply the Law of Attraction in Your Business

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Are you a great fan of The Secret? Then you must absolutely be a great believer in the underlying principle of the Law of Attraction. We can attract all that we desire right into our lives. You may be familiar with applying these principles in your personal life, to your health, wealth and relationships. Have you ever wondered about applying this to your business as well? Can business success be a consequence of applying the law of attraction? We say Yes!

Here are 5 easy ways to apply the Law of Attraction to your business:

1. Imagine how you want your day to go down to the last detail

This is the most critical step. You know what is lined up for the day, now it is up to you to imagine with great detail and enormous positivity how you want to see each element playing out. Say, you have 3 meetings lined up for today. The first one is a morning meeting to negotiate the pricing terms of a contract. It is not enough if you have only visualized the how’s and what’s of the contract. Think and plan to excruciating levels of detailing.

Imagine yourself, what you are wearing, how you will arrive at the meeting, the time when you will be going, how your body language will be during the discussion. Preempt their moves and visualize your responses well ahead. Then imagine how you will commute to the next meeting and carry forward your victorious attitude from this one.

“Greater self-esteem produces greater success, and greater success produces more high self-esteem, so it keeps on spiralling up.” – Jack Canfield

2. Visualize clinching the deal

Once you have planned down to the last detail, visualize your victory. Try to imagine beforehand the moments just before finalizing the deal. How do you imagine it? What are your words going to be? What is the spirit of your counterpart’s response then? Imagine the actual deal signing. Think of this like a wedding rehearsal and plan accordingly.

3. Conjure the ideal client

It is not enough to just visualize the business transactions and negotiations, you have to conjure the client you want as well. All clients are not the same. There is no one who is a perfect client. You have to convert all clients into the ideal client. Think of each client listing their positives and ending with what you would like to change about them. For example, say to yourself that I love this client for their clear briefs and great team spirit, however, it would be much better if only they would pay on time.

Now visualize them paying you on time. What is happening that is making them pay on time? Perhaps you have visualized sending invoices earlier or sending a friendly reminder their way by way of a personal chat or a quick call. Visualizing the ideal client and then your own set of actions that can help convert every client into the ideal client is the way of applying the law of attraction principle to client relationships.

4. Dream up the perfect team

Great business ideas, amazing discussions and the ideal client still do not make for great success. The dream team is what creates success. We all know this. Just like perfect clients, there are no perfect employees, however, the good news is that you can shape your team into the ideal team.

Say you have a great team with skills in Strategy, Distributor relationships, Retail merchandising but lacking in Marketing skills. Visualize as having a great team with all skills except an acquirable skill of Marketing. Visualize every smaller team being equipped with Marketing skills.

How do you see this happening? Are you going to be employing a marketing skill set equipped person in each team? Are you going to train team members who have the aptitude for it to perform marketing tasks as well? It could also be a mix of both approaches. Whatever it is, you need to visualize it to the last detail, even to the degree of what kind of training you would be providing to them.  

“Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is. Know your business and industry better than anyone else in the world. Love what you do or don’t do it.” – Mark Cuban

5. Count your highs at the end of the day

This is the only part where future oriented visualization has no place. You have to go over the entire business day and religiously note down all the positives. Sometimes the positives may not be tangible acquisitions such as a contract or a payment or project completion. There would be intangible acquisitions such as the realization of what was needed to improve your team, or the first steps taken towards visualizing your negotiation.

It doesn’t matter, you have to count the positives that today has brought. Celebrate the key notes of the day with your team and verbalize why you are celebrating. This brings the entire team to apply the law of attraction in their own business days as well.

Successful entrepreneurs apply these skills with great mastery. Follow these easy ways and apply the Law of Attraction to your business as well. Your success is certain and imminent. Are you ready for it?

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Braggart, Blowhard, and Annoyingly Successful: How to Promote Yourself and Your Ideas

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Most of us don’t want to look like a braggart, which is good. However, sometimes it makes us stay in the shadow without showing our positive sides. We remain silent about our achievements. The thing is, sometimes politeness can play a bad joke on you. This great feature of your character can become one of those things that prevent you from succeeding.

If you don’t show your positive side in meetings and interviews, there will always be somebody else to do it. When such people get a promotion, your politeness doesn’t seem so useful.

Self-confidence turns out to be a very important quality because confident people who are not afraid to speak of their achievements are usually seen as more competent. However, modesty is still considered a virtue in most cultures. The reason is obvious: Most blowhards just don’t understand how annoying their bragging can be.

Braggart, Blowhard, and Annoyingly Successful

The definition of a braggart is a very talkative person who turns any conversation into an opportunity to talk about his or her personal achievements and goals, constantly glorifying himself or herself. A blowhard is, in general, the same sort of person: too loud, talkative, and boastful.

There’s nothing bad about enjoying your success, in fact, what is the point of success if we cannot be proud of ourselves? The thing is, everyone must understand where to stop.

For example, when you talk to your friends at dinner there’s nothing wrong with sharing your experiences so others can celebrate your success with you. Don’t turn each conversation into a monologue and don’t forget that other people also have interesting stories to tell.

“Talk to someone about themselves and they’ll listen for hours.” – Dale Carnegie

Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Promote Yourself

Excessive modesty makes a bad impression. People who talk themselves down all the time shouldn’t be surprised if others also don’t find them likable. Some people are so afraid of being a blowhard that they get anxious about describing their good sides. As a result, they miss many opportunities.

If you’re afraid of talking about your own achievements, it means that you don’t believe that your work is valuable. Such an approach is unlikely to create an attractive image.

You need to understand that your work has little to do with your personality. Braggarts love themselves more than anything, and their point is to convince others that they are the best.

Only talk about what you actually did, and what is important about your achievements. This is not bragging. All you need to do is show others that you can contribute to your team or organization.

If you want to succeed in the world of business, you need to gain the attention and respect of your colleagues. The very fact that you’re afraid of being annoying means that you’re likely not that sort of person who will turn self-promotion into bragging. It’s time to face the other side of the coin and push yourself through your fears towards success.

Now that you’re ready to get out of your shell, let us help you with a few tips below:

1. Talk about your work and challenges

If you don’t want to sound arrogant, don’t say “It was so easy.” Great accomplishments don’t come easily, and everybody knows it. Tell others how hard you needed to work to achieve these great results. Everybody respects those who work hard and put a lot of effort into their work.

2. Don’t downplay other people’s achievements

Even if you’ve made more sales than anyone else, it’s not a reason to emphasize it. You don’t need to compare yourself to others, instead, compare yourself to your own past. Remember how you started and compare it to what you have now — this is a good sort of comparison that also motivates others.

3. Be thankful

Listen to any Oscar winner’s speeches, and you’ll notice that all these people don’t consider this success as their own. Don’t forget to mention how your team helped and supported you. Thank your company for the opportunity to become who you are.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

4. Stick to the facts

It’s easy to say “I’m a brilliant leader,” but the only message you deliver this way is that you love yourself. Let others judge you based on facts. Describe how your team managed to double sales after you took it over.

5. Avoid humble-bragging

Some people try to disguise their bragging as a complaint. The truth is, this method doesn’t work. If you say “I’m so embarrassed I scratched my Bugatti Veyron,” this remark will only show how insincere you are.

It’s important to get comfortable with yourself and your success. Don’t be afraid to share your achievements, just make sure you deliver the right message. Show others that you can make a valuable contribution, and you’ll promote yourself without being arrogant.

How do you make other people feel important and valued when they are talking? Let us know in the comments below!

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4 Unusual Ways to Identify Your Strengths When You’ve Tried Everything Else

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Did you ever find it difficult to identify your strengths in life? Many people identify their strengths and weaknesses during the early stages of their lives however, successful leaders can argue that this may need to be the other way around. In other words, we tend to forget about our strengths and how we can effectively use them; and instead, we desperately try to further improve our weaknesses.

We sometimes tend to focus on the negative things we see around us and in turn, miss out on all the positive energy that other people and nature produce for to us enjoy. This is to be expected – not all days are the same and we are human after all. In some cases though, it may simply be because we are not sure of what our best skill set is.

Regardless of the reason, you may find yourself getting stressed out because you can’t seem to understand the things you are performing the best at – instead, you may be noticing your weaknesses. If you are tired of searching for your best strengths as an individual, note that there are ways you can easily find your strengths and weaknesses, without really putting out too much effort.

Below you will see the 4 ways that can help you identify your strengths when you can’t think of anything else to do:

1. Complete A Personality Test

A personality test will help you figure out up to five main personality traits, in addition to other skills you may possess, considering that you aren’t already aware of them. Even though this may not be the perfect solution in knowing what you’re great at, it will help you come closer to the different aspects of your personality.

Knowing what your personality is made up of is an essential element for figuring out the suitable career path you may want to take, the right people to hang out with, and the right objectives you should be following.

“If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” – Sun Tzu

2. Take An Aptitude Test

An aptitude test is essentially created to determine a person’s ability in a specific skill or field of knowledge. It will help you understand what skills you excel at by asking a series of questions and based on the answers you provide, it will evaluate which skills you are more fitted to outshine. Make sure to have a proper go at the test as it can positively help you decide which career path is more suitable for you.

3. Receive Feedback From Friends, Family And Colleagues

Receiving feedback from friends, family and colleagues is a great way to quickly and easily tap into the different strengths and skills you may have displayed around them in the past. This activity may include a series of questions around you passion, hobbies and previously shown successes.

First, start the conversation by telling them your passion and hobbies, or in other words, the task you can enthusiastically work on for many hours. Ask your friend to outline three to five of your strengths that are somehow related to what you just mentioned; this may include direct strengths but also transferable skills.

Following this, take a minute to device a fictional scenario where you can apply those skills getting you closer to your career goals. Let them know of your thoughts and how you can further employ these in the given setting.

“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” – Bill Gates

4. Use Numerology

This may be a bit of a controversial suggestion as you might not believe in the overall concept; and that’s absolutely fine. Nevertheless, it would be great to be aware of such an option in case you ever want to give it a try.

Numerology essentially refers to the mystical relationship between a number and specific events in someone’s life. You can check it out to understand more about yourself and maybe find new ways on how you can further grow as an individual.

Take Away Message

Finding new ways to improve our strengths and skills may indeed seem difficult sometimes, however, approaching this from multiple perspectives can prove to deliver great benefits to both our personal and career development.

Focus on always improving yourself in any way possible – that may be by employing traditional methods or even quickly applying a few or all of the above tips. The important thing is to make sure that you continuously use what works best for you and you will soon see the results of your efforts for yourself. You will come to realise that your strengths have greatly increased in both quantity and quality over time.

Which one of these ways will help you in identifying your best strength? Let us know in the comments below!

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How to 10X the Likelihood of Completing Your Next Big Project

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According to Bob Proctor, you have a 95% chance of making personal change happen if you make a plan and set a specific time to share your progress with someone. At the opposite end of the spectrum, you only have a 10% chance of making a change if you say “that’s a good idea” to your next inspirational brain wave without doing anything else. (more…)

McVal Osborne is the author of Start Up your Life: Why we don’t know what we want, and how to set goals that really matter. McVal writes about motivation, decision making, and strategic thinking. He graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2011 with a degree in Spanish, and has since worked as a market researcher and business consultant in Washington D.C., New York City and London. You can reach him on Twitter @mcval or on IG @mcvaliant.

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  1. Gleeo

    Jul 9, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Tim, you have summed up my thought regarding Twitter. It’s platform that I joined late. I’ve never had any enjoyable interaction with friends or followers. I’ve often wondered, does anyone really see these posts. Usually on Facebook and or LinkedIn I receive feedback, so I know I’m engaging people. I might leave my Twitter account alone and focus my efforts on LinkedIn and Facebook. What do you think of periscope? Is there much happening on that platform?

  2. Rob Malone

    May 23, 2016 at 5:57 pm

    Not only was this very insightful and dead on, concerning twitters issues it was extremely well written. Very engaging and entertaining.

    Nice job

    • Tim Denning

      May 29, 2016 at 5:15 am

      Thanks Rob I am glad you enjoyed my point of view around Twitter!

  3. Marquita Herald

    May 14, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. I’m still on Twitter because as an author I pretty much have to be there for my “platform” numbers, and I post at least a couple of things each day, but almost never invest the time to go through the feed or read DM messages. I know others may say I’m foolish, but I’m spending more time on Google Plus. I love the Collections feature and it’s just so much easier to connect and engage with people.

    Facebook is definitely the big guy on the block, but a few months ago I gave up and deleted my fan page and now focus on engaging in groups and using my profile page. I’ve never posted “personal” information there anyway, and many of my readers post comments about my articles and books on my profile so it’s actually working out much better than my page ever did. I am certainly no expert but I do believe it’s important to remain flexible about social media and be willing to try new things rather than settle in anywhere for the long haul. Thanks!

    • Tim Denning

      May 15, 2016 at 5:21 am

      Marquita thank you for sharing your own perspective. I have never really used Google Plus so I must give it a go. Direct messages on Twitter are mostly just auto responses and there is just too much noise. For me, in my newsfeed, I don;t want to see every followers update but there is no way to block out followers easily. I have starting using Pic feed to help with this.

  4. Abel Solomon

    May 13, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Great article very interesting, to be honest I never really got into using Twitter. I found it a bit confusing and aesthetically not really appealing. As far as using it, I can`t imagine anyone being addicted to it, like say Instagram or Snap Chat. However I think it`s really good for live events like boxing or a Cup Final, you always find hilarious Tweets from people.

    From a business point of view, I personally don`t think it`s that good, because there are so many other tweets coming, your audience probably won`t even see your post.

    • Tim Denning

      May 13, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks Abel for your feedback. I totally agree with your points around Twitter and lots of people, like you, have never really got it. It is great though for following mega influencers and for live events.

  5. Stefanie

    May 13, 2016 at 6:18 am

    The reasons you stated are exactly the ones why I never entered in love with Twitter, Tim. I have been always asking myself: What’s so great about scheduling 3 tweets a day? There is so much meaningless stuff I’m not interested in, and I don’t want to be part of the people sharing these kind of stuff. Sometimes, I use it tweeting real time, and I find it helpful to enter in conversations with others.
    Thanks for sharing the article in LinkedIn. Gonna check this out, as I’m not too deep into LinkedIn yet. Since the people we want to reach out to are mostly in Facebook and Instagram, we spend more time there. I believe though that interaction has become stronger in Instagram than in Facebook.
    Do you use Snapchat? If yes, how is your experience? I haven’t used it so far, as I considered Snapchat to be more for teenagers and not for people I want to connect with. However, I heard Gary talking several times about it and it made me change my mind and check it out at least.

    • Tim Denning

      May 13, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Stefanie thanks for sharing your experience. Yes I have played around with Snapchat. The main benefit of Snapchat is that it helps you build a deeper relationship with your audience. The disadvantage is that you can’t build an organic audience and have to bring over followers from platforms like Instagram – which i don’t like that much. The future is live streaming video though. I would try Snapchat out for yourself and see what you think. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

      • Stefanie

        May 18, 2016 at 4:17 pm

        Thanks for sharing your insights, Tim! Looking forward to more articles from you.

  6. Toño

    May 13, 2016 at 4:13 am

    You’ve done a beautiful introduction, Tim! I’m convinced now you may very well write a review on apps, tech products or even movies, from time to time. The story, once again delivered from your experience, kept me reading, despite having some home stuff to do before my beloved job.

    I believe, you may be a very good book writer, with your ability to explain things in simple way and deliver your emotions and state of mind in honest and available form. Oh, and have I mentioned already your talent for amazing intro? I think I did 🙂 I eagerly waiting for your book and subbed for your mailing list now not to miss on it. Take your time of course.

    Back to the article, I just realized you simply overgrown your little bird and took everything you could from this ‘relationship’. I get what you saying by ‘have credibility to use’ and I se it is not a hate, but rather constructive and valuable feedback, which, I am convinced, smart people should take as a pro tip.

    Social media took over our life so this is fully understandable we want some quality time to spend together.

    Thank you for my morning motivation, it was a good pleasure! Have a good day my friend, stay well and healthy 🙂

    • Tim Denning

      May 13, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Toño I am glad you like the intro. It’s how I really feel though…lol. Twitter was like someone I felt close to but over time it has just gone down because they have not innovated. They are starting to remind me a bit of Nokia when they were the most popular phone. I think they can still fix their issues but they need to do something.

      I have written an ebook so keep an eye out for it as i hope to complete it soon and am about to get the cover done. Thank you for taking the time to read through and for your compliments 🙂

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How to 10X the Likelihood of Completing Your Next Big Project

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According to Bob Proctor, you have a 95% chance of making personal change happen if you make a plan and set a specific time to share your progress with someone. At the opposite end of the spectrum, you only have a 10% chance of making a change if you say “that’s a good idea” to your next inspirational brain wave without doing anything else.

Now think about it, how many times have you thought “that’s a good idea” and been inspired to do something without actually pulling the trigger to take one single, simple step towards doing something? This is one of the biggest challenges standing in the way of people from achieving their fullest potential.

Here are 6 steps to help you jump-start your next project and take action right away:

1. Identify which ideas are actually good

Not all ideas are created equal, and not all ideas are worth pursuing. In fact, some ideas and goals should be actively avoided. Warren Buffett tells a story about having someone write out their top 25 career goals on a piece of paper. After looking at the list, he asks the individual to circle the top 5 goals on their list. After that, he tells the person that the 20 remaining goals should be “avoided at all costs” until the first 5 goals are met.

It is a mistake to think that you can split your energy in multiple directions and succeed at anything. Instead, focus on the top 2 or 3 things that are most important to you, and actively avoid anything that takes you away from pursuing those goals or ideas.

2. Tell yourself you will do something with this new idea

Once you’ve decided that something is important enough to pursue, make a point of telling yourself you will do something to further explore the idea. This doesn’t mean making a commitment to quit your day job to pursue a vague idea for a startup. Nor does it mean dropping everything to travel the world for 6 months. Rather, it means that you commit to looking into something to get a better idea of what’s involved before taking the leap on a project.

“Ideas are commodity. Execution of them is not.” – Michael Dell

3. Choose a deadline or create a window of time to get something shipped

Outline a specific window of time to accomplish something, and then write out that plan in a calendar. The most important thing is to make sure the deadline is reasonable and that you are realistic. If you make a goal to double your income and launch a new business in the next 12 months, you may find yourself becoming disheartened when things aren’t working out after 3 weeks. I typically choose to work on tasks and projects in 1-3 month sprints, at which point I check in and reevaluate my progress.

4. Outline a specific plan of action on how to do it based on the timeline you have created

I use a variety of tools to help plan out my tasks and remind myself what I’m supposed to be working on, but at the end of the day, the best tool I use to schedule activities is a simple Excel spreadsheet to track tasks on a day by day basis. Check out the book “12 Week Year” for some ideas on how to choose specific action items and tasks which will help you move the needle on your work.

“Ideas are easy. Implementation is hard.” – Guy Kawasaki

5. Make a commitment to accomplish something specific based on the timeline and plan

Now that you have spent the time to research your idea, develop a timeline for the idea and structured a plan with specific tasks to accomplish this idea. You must make a commitment to yourself to carry out the tasks on your list and to strive to complete everything on time.

This task is incredibly important because it requires that you tap into a deeper level of motivation that goes beyond acceptance by the group or fear of failure. Instead, you need to reach deep down and make a commitment based on a deep need to accomplish the task that goes beyond recognition.

6. Set a specific time to review and be accountable for your plan and progress with someone else

We all know that even the most powerful source of internal motivation may not be enough to keep you going when times get tough. This is why you should make a habit of meeting up with a friend, mentor or colleague to review your progress on a certain project and to get ideas on how best to proceed. Make this meeting at a time that you both agree on well in advance, be clear on the feedback you want, and then don’t miss your deadlines!

At the end of the day, taking action is perhaps the biggest deciding factor that will directly contribute to your success and your ability to achieve your goals. If you don’t act, you’re dead in the water. So make a commitment to yourself today to give this a shot.

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5 Easy Ways to Apply the Law of Attraction in Your Business

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Are you a great fan of The Secret? Then you must absolutely be a great believer in the underlying principle of the Law of Attraction. We can attract all that we desire right into our lives. You may be familiar with applying these principles in your personal life, to your health, wealth and relationships. Have you ever wondered about applying this to your business as well? Can business success be a consequence of applying the law of attraction? We say Yes!

Here are 5 easy ways to apply the Law of Attraction to your business:

1. Imagine how you want your day to go down to the last detail

This is the most critical step. You know what is lined up for the day, now it is up to you to imagine with great detail and enormous positivity how you want to see each element playing out. Say, you have 3 meetings lined up for today. The first one is a morning meeting to negotiate the pricing terms of a contract. It is not enough if you have only visualized the how’s and what’s of the contract. Think and plan to excruciating levels of detailing.

Imagine yourself, what you are wearing, how you will arrive at the meeting, the time when you will be going, how your body language will be during the discussion. Preempt their moves and visualize your responses well ahead. Then imagine how you will commute to the next meeting and carry forward your victorious attitude from this one.

“Greater self-esteem produces greater success, and greater success produces more high self-esteem, so it keeps on spiralling up.” – Jack Canfield

2. Visualize clinching the deal

Once you have planned down to the last detail, visualize your victory. Try to imagine beforehand the moments just before finalizing the deal. How do you imagine it? What are your words going to be? What is the spirit of your counterpart’s response then? Imagine the actual deal signing. Think of this like a wedding rehearsal and plan accordingly.

3. Conjure the ideal client

It is not enough to just visualize the business transactions and negotiations, you have to conjure the client you want as well. All clients are not the same. There is no one who is a perfect client. You have to convert all clients into the ideal client. Think of each client listing their positives and ending with what you would like to change about them. For example, say to yourself that I love this client for their clear briefs and great team spirit, however, it would be much better if only they would pay on time.

Now visualize them paying you on time. What is happening that is making them pay on time? Perhaps you have visualized sending invoices earlier or sending a friendly reminder their way by way of a personal chat or a quick call. Visualizing the ideal client and then your own set of actions that can help convert every client into the ideal client is the way of applying the law of attraction principle to client relationships.

4. Dream up the perfect team

Great business ideas, amazing discussions and the ideal client still do not make for great success. The dream team is what creates success. We all know this. Just like perfect clients, there are no perfect employees, however, the good news is that you can shape your team into the ideal team.

Say you have a great team with skills in Strategy, Distributor relationships, Retail merchandising but lacking in Marketing skills. Visualize as having a great team with all skills except an acquirable skill of Marketing. Visualize every smaller team being equipped with Marketing skills.

How do you see this happening? Are you going to be employing a marketing skill set equipped person in each team? Are you going to train team members who have the aptitude for it to perform marketing tasks as well? It could also be a mix of both approaches. Whatever it is, you need to visualize it to the last detail, even to the degree of what kind of training you would be providing to them.  

“Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is. Know your business and industry better than anyone else in the world. Love what you do or don’t do it.” – Mark Cuban

5. Count your highs at the end of the day

This is the only part where future oriented visualization has no place. You have to go over the entire business day and religiously note down all the positives. Sometimes the positives may not be tangible acquisitions such as a contract or a payment or project completion. There would be intangible acquisitions such as the realization of what was needed to improve your team, or the first steps taken towards visualizing your negotiation.

It doesn’t matter, you have to count the positives that today has brought. Celebrate the key notes of the day with your team and verbalize why you are celebrating. This brings the entire team to apply the law of attraction in their own business days as well.

Successful entrepreneurs apply these skills with great mastery. Follow these easy ways and apply the Law of Attraction to your business as well. Your success is certain and imminent. Are you ready for it?

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Braggart, Blowhard, and Annoyingly Successful: How to Promote Yourself and Your Ideas

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Most of us don’t want to look like a braggart, which is good. However, sometimes it makes us stay in the shadow without showing our positive sides. We remain silent about our achievements. The thing is, sometimes politeness can play a bad joke on you. This great feature of your character can become one of those things that prevent you from succeeding.

If you don’t show your positive side in meetings and interviews, there will always be somebody else to do it. When such people get a promotion, your politeness doesn’t seem so useful.

Self-confidence turns out to be a very important quality because confident people who are not afraid to speak of their achievements are usually seen as more competent. However, modesty is still considered a virtue in most cultures. The reason is obvious: Most blowhards just don’t understand how annoying their bragging can be.

Braggart, Blowhard, and Annoyingly Successful

The definition of a braggart is a very talkative person who turns any conversation into an opportunity to talk about his or her personal achievements and goals, constantly glorifying himself or herself. A blowhard is, in general, the same sort of person: too loud, talkative, and boastful.

There’s nothing bad about enjoying your success, in fact, what is the point of success if we cannot be proud of ourselves? The thing is, everyone must understand where to stop.

For example, when you talk to your friends at dinner there’s nothing wrong with sharing your experiences so others can celebrate your success with you. Don’t turn each conversation into a monologue and don’t forget that other people also have interesting stories to tell.

“Talk to someone about themselves and they’ll listen for hours.” – Dale Carnegie

Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Promote Yourself

Excessive modesty makes a bad impression. People who talk themselves down all the time shouldn’t be surprised if others also don’t find them likable. Some people are so afraid of being a blowhard that they get anxious about describing their good sides. As a result, they miss many opportunities.

If you’re afraid of talking about your own achievements, it means that you don’t believe that your work is valuable. Such an approach is unlikely to create an attractive image.

You need to understand that your work has little to do with your personality. Braggarts love themselves more than anything, and their point is to convince others that they are the best.

Only talk about what you actually did, and what is important about your achievements. This is not bragging. All you need to do is show others that you can contribute to your team or organization.

If you want to succeed in the world of business, you need to gain the attention and respect of your colleagues. The very fact that you’re afraid of being annoying means that you’re likely not that sort of person who will turn self-promotion into bragging. It’s time to face the other side of the coin and push yourself through your fears towards success.

Now that you’re ready to get out of your shell, let us help you with a few tips below:

1. Talk about your work and challenges

If you don’t want to sound arrogant, don’t say “It was so easy.” Great accomplishments don’t come easily, and everybody knows it. Tell others how hard you needed to work to achieve these great results. Everybody respects those who work hard and put a lot of effort into their work.

2. Don’t downplay other people’s achievements

Even if you’ve made more sales than anyone else, it’s not a reason to emphasize it. You don’t need to compare yourself to others, instead, compare yourself to your own past. Remember how you started and compare it to what you have now — this is a good sort of comparison that also motivates others.

3. Be thankful

Listen to any Oscar winner’s speeches, and you’ll notice that all these people don’t consider this success as their own. Don’t forget to mention how your team helped and supported you. Thank your company for the opportunity to become who you are.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

4. Stick to the facts

It’s easy to say “I’m a brilliant leader,” but the only message you deliver this way is that you love yourself. Let others judge you based on facts. Describe how your team managed to double sales after you took it over.

5. Avoid humble-bragging

Some people try to disguise their bragging as a complaint. The truth is, this method doesn’t work. If you say “I’m so embarrassed I scratched my Bugatti Veyron,” this remark will only show how insincere you are.

It’s important to get comfortable with yourself and your success. Don’t be afraid to share your achievements, just make sure you deliver the right message. Show others that you can make a valuable contribution, and you’ll promote yourself without being arrogant.

How do you make other people feel important and valued when they are talking? Let us know in the comments below!

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4 Unusual Ways to Identify Your Strengths When You’ve Tried Everything Else

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Did you ever find it difficult to identify your strengths in life? Many people identify their strengths and weaknesses during the early stages of their lives however, successful leaders can argue that this may need to be the other way around. In other words, we tend to forget about our strengths and how we can effectively use them; and instead, we desperately try to further improve our weaknesses.

We sometimes tend to focus on the negative things we see around us and in turn, miss out on all the positive energy that other people and nature produce for to us enjoy. This is to be expected – not all days are the same and we are human after all. In some cases though, it may simply be because we are not sure of what our best skill set is.

Regardless of the reason, you may find yourself getting stressed out because you can’t seem to understand the things you are performing the best at – instead, you may be noticing your weaknesses. If you are tired of searching for your best strengths as an individual, note that there are ways you can easily find your strengths and weaknesses, without really putting out too much effort.

Below you will see the 4 ways that can help you identify your strengths when you can’t think of anything else to do:

1. Complete A Personality Test

A personality test will help you figure out up to five main personality traits, in addition to other skills you may possess, considering that you aren’t already aware of them. Even though this may not be the perfect solution in knowing what you’re great at, it will help you come closer to the different aspects of your personality.

Knowing what your personality is made up of is an essential element for figuring out the suitable career path you may want to take, the right people to hang out with, and the right objectives you should be following.

“If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” – Sun Tzu

2. Take An Aptitude Test

An aptitude test is essentially created to determine a person’s ability in a specific skill or field of knowledge. It will help you understand what skills you excel at by asking a series of questions and based on the answers you provide, it will evaluate which skills you are more fitted to outshine. Make sure to have a proper go at the test as it can positively help you decide which career path is more suitable for you.

3. Receive Feedback From Friends, Family And Colleagues

Receiving feedback from friends, family and colleagues is a great way to quickly and easily tap into the different strengths and skills you may have displayed around them in the past. This activity may include a series of questions around you passion, hobbies and previously shown successes.

First, start the conversation by telling them your passion and hobbies, or in other words, the task you can enthusiastically work on for many hours. Ask your friend to outline three to five of your strengths that are somehow related to what you just mentioned; this may include direct strengths but also transferable skills.

Following this, take a minute to device a fictional scenario where you can apply those skills getting you closer to your career goals. Let them know of your thoughts and how you can further employ these in the given setting.

“We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.” – Bill Gates

4. Use Numerology

This may be a bit of a controversial suggestion as you might not believe in the overall concept; and that’s absolutely fine. Nevertheless, it would be great to be aware of such an option in case you ever want to give it a try.

Numerology essentially refers to the mystical relationship between a number and specific events in someone’s life. You can check it out to understand more about yourself and maybe find new ways on how you can further grow as an individual.

Take Away Message

Finding new ways to improve our strengths and skills may indeed seem difficult sometimes, however, approaching this from multiple perspectives can prove to deliver great benefits to both our personal and career development.

Focus on always improving yourself in any way possible – that may be by employing traditional methods or even quickly applying a few or all of the above tips. The important thing is to make sure that you continuously use what works best for you and you will soon see the results of your efforts for yourself. You will come to realise that your strengths have greatly increased in both quantity and quality over time.

Which one of these ways will help you in identifying your best strength? Let us know in the comments below!

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