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Do You Have The Grit and Determination to Be Successful?

be successful Do You Have The Grit and Determination to Be Successful?It takes grit and determination to be successful. Do you have any idea how many ‘overnight success stories’ have worked for over twenty years and applied grit and determination over and over again in order to become an ‘overnight success story’ ? More than you would ever imagine!

We all love to think someone is an overnight success story. It sounds so – Hollywood!

After all it is so much more sexy to be an overnight success story than to say someone worked their tail off for twenty years, overcame failure after failure and had the grit and determination to continue through and past the endless naysayers and doubters to make it.

The numbers tell the story. There are very few people who continue through the journey and follow all the way to achieve their idea or their dream. Right in the beginning is where the largest separation takes place. Most people never get started. They do not even take the first step.

The next separation takes place between the people who become stuck, as if in quick sand, on the how.

“How am I ever going to do the thing” or “How am I ever going to do that”? Whatever it is instead of moving along and doing what needs to be done, they feel they must know all of the answers to how first. They never move past this point.

The third separation from the pack takes place upon declaration. Once you declare to your family and your friends what you are working on and what you intend to do each of them will freely explain to you why you are “out of your mind”. Or maybe you will hear, “oh and why do you feel you are prepared to do that?” This will be the very tip of the naysayers who will find you from the day of your declaration and forever more. Many do not actually intend for you to feel badly. The issue is inside their own mind they need you to stop or to fail. This is the only way they are able to justify why they never began and never started on their idea or their own dream.

The fourth separation is a continual process. Due to the fact this will repeat itself over and over again. The initial time is the largest separation from the remaining pack. It is failure. The very first roadblock or failure will deter the majority of anyone left on their journey. The few people who have the grit and determination to drive through the roadblock, who pick themselves up after that failure and continue on their journey, these are the few who will make it to become the ‘overnight success stories’.

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.

A First and Lasting Impression

lasting impression A First and Lasting ImpressionEveryone creates a first impression. You meet someone new to you and in 20 seconds or less a first impression is made. Someone goes to your website and in 7 seconds OR less they have made an impression and a judgment about you. A thirty second commercial spot during the Super Bowl costs a few million dollars. First impressions are important!

Now build on top of that and keep in mind that everyone has been raised to have certain beliefs and habits – based on how they are raised, their culture, religion, values etc. You need to have an awareness of these factors in how you present yourself and your business.

I’m sure you have heard this before: “All things being equal, people will conduct business with the people they know, like and trust.”  K – L – T

The first impression you make will either support this statement or pull out the rug from underneath you immediately.

How do you make a positive first and lasting impression? Here are some tips to help you get started: 

  • Grooming and clothing: You might not need the brand name clothing  but you do need to be clean and sharp looking. The way you look and how you groom is the first thing others will notice. Colors do need to match.
  • Remember your smile: You have the ability to smile. Remember to share it with the world.
  • Mind your manners: When you are speaking do not chew with your mouth open. Leave the gum for later. Nothing will turn someone off more than a mouth full of food, gum, or anything else while you are attempting to speak with them.
  • Know your story: Create and practice your lines that you must have right at your fingerprints. Your twenty second, one minute, two minute and five minute blurbs about you and what you do.
  • Thank you cards: This one is the clincher that most people forget about – if you want to be the one who is remembered and keeping your first impression alive, be sure to send a thank you card or a ‘great to meet you’ card right after the event. End it with a nice closing such as ‘looking forward to seeing you again’. If you know they will be at a specific event mention that or include one small line that relates to something you discussed (this way they know you were paying attention).

First impressions matter! Keep these in mind and practice your lines. Everyone could benefit from working on their first impressions.

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified personal and executive coach who resides in Stamford, CT.

What is Your Networking Strategy?

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I often hear people say “I am just not good at networking” or “I really do not know how to network”. The problem is that the ability to network in person or online requires a strategy. If you are not good at networking, that means you have not yet created a strategy. As entrepreneurs and […]

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Do You Walk The Tight Rope Every Single Day?

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Are you performing a high wire act each and every day? Have you been to the circus before and watched the amazing people walk the tight rope or high wire way up in the air? How amazing are they to watch? One small lapse in concentration or one small step in the wrong direction and […]

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Values or Money Which Means More To You?

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The other day it was cool enough outside to create a need for the heat to turn on in the house. The thing is there was a problem. We could tell something was not right, so we hit the emergency kill switch. Now when the technician comes into your house and starts poking around do […]

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Do You Hire the Right People?

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Based upon feedback from last week’s newsletter this week’s article will be about hiring the right people. The topic of how to hire right for your business is an issue with great concern to all businesses. No matter the size of your business, hiring the right people is a very important asset. The first step […]

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