Justification for failure are sometimes well founded,
but in either case, people use them to confirm their preexisting
belief that their lives can’t get better. It gives them a reason to be
discouraged—and not to try.
People resist change because they are afraid of the unknown.
Only when a situation becomes too painful are people motivated
to make a change. Don’t wait for your life to become unbearable.
1. I'm not educated
- Change one thing: Change your communication style. Use more body language.
- Dump one thing: Drop the idea that you need a degree or MBA to be successful.
- Keep one thing: List out your strengths and hold on them
- Change one thing: Practice your enunciation.
- Keep one thing: Keep your accent, it reflects your personality.
- Dump one thing: Don't try to pronounce difficult words. Use smaller words instead.
- Change one thing: Volunteer yourself to get more experience.
- Dump one thing: Don't be afraid of trying something new because you have not done it before.
- Keep one thing: Keep a record of your successful projects.
- Change one thing: Listen before you speak. Ask gentle questions.
- Dump one thing: Stop taking credit for everything.
- Keep one thing: Hang on to your self-confidence. Lead by example, not giving orders.
- Change one thing: A little make up. Natural looking, face enhancing kind.
- Dump one thing. Get rid of clothing that does not work for you. Throw them and don't look back.
- Keep one thing. Find the one from your close that you feel good in it. Get different colours.
- Change one thing: Don't play victim, business is business. Leave with grace and with you head held high.
- Keep one thing: Stay optimistic. Getting laid off is unpleasant, but it is not a death sentence.
- Dump one thing: Never speak badly about your former employers, no matter how much you hate your job.
- Change one thing: More networking. Do it with someone you are comfortable with.
- Dump one thing: Lose the idea of going for four/five networking events a week.
- Keep one thing: Hold on to enthusiasm for what you are doing.
- Change one thing: Change your hair style. Get a tailored suit.
- Keep one thing: Keep your sense of humour.
- Dump one thing: Stay away from the sun. Never wear toupee or do a comb-over.
- Change one thing: Turn adversaries into allies.
- Dump one thing: Get rid of the notion that you are in it alone.
- Keep one thing: Keep the burning desire to succeed and stay on top of the game.
10. No one takes me seriously
- Change one thing: Think before you speak. Pause in between.
- Dump one thing: Stop fidgeting!
- Keep one thing: Keep your personality.
It’s easier and less
daunting if you make one small change at a time, rather than
attempting a total overhaul down the road.
Source: Change One Thing - Anna Soo Wildermuth with Jodie Gould