You are really not an introvert or an extrovert, but rather you’re somewhere on that continuum. The key is to be able to move along it one way or the other as conditions require. There are no perfect personality styles, not matter what any test or horoscope (often one in the same) may tell you. There is only one vital trait. Flexibility.
The people who succeed most aren’t those seeking perfection, but rather those who seek excellence and are confident they can correct errors and rebound from setbacks along the way.
It’s the small dogs that do all the yapping.
I have never listened to a debate on a TV political talk show—or even an interview with a politician—where I have emerged better informed.
Someone wrote me to tell me they loved my newsletters and wanted to try some of their own. She then asked, “How do you arrange for content creation?” I told her that I sit down and start writing. Do you see what I mean about simplifying and not complexifying? When writing becomes “content creation” or speaking becomes “personal to group idea projections” we have a problem. Or at least the person seeing it that way does. © Alan Weiss 2017
A woman writes to tell me she loves my free weekly and monthly newsletters, but she doesn’t like my occasional promotional mailings, so she has to unsubscribe. In other words, she feels it’s appropriate for me to provide free, high value help to others, but it’s not appropriate that I inform them of further help available for a price if they so choose. I’m surprised she knew how to unsubscribe.
The greater and deeper your comfort zone, the greater the discomfort (and even agony) escaping it. Stop feathering your nest and go build a new one.
March Madness, always thrilling, isn’t necessarily won by the best overall team. It’s won by the team which plays best under extreme pressure at the right moments, and makes the fewest unforced errors. When things get tough, the tough get going. Do you yell for the ball or duck from it?
Being opportunistic is a positive trait, but not if it’s your exclusive motive power. That’s because it relies on some external “trigger” allowing you to see the opportunity. Innovative people create their own “triggers.” It’s great to be opportunistic when something occurs, but it’s even better to also be innovative when nothing else is occurring.
Then why do authors and publishers exert such energy into finding the right title, the right art work, the right “look”? Do you bother to make sure your publicity photos look professional? Do you wash your car before you use it for clients? You only get one first impression. Ignore stupid aphorisms.