A Winner’s Recipe
As the Dad of an avid competitive dancer, I spend many long hours when I’m not working on my business, in dance studios and at competitions. I also have the advantage of getting to watch the popular “So You Think You Can Dance” series. This season is a little surprising in that there are a few underdogs that are left as the last four dancers. One with absolutely no formal training has gotten through all of the auditions and has beaten out many other more seasoned and professionally trained dancers to rise to the top 4. How the heck does this happen? Obviously formal training alone has not gotten these people to the top. The judges and dancers during interviews attribute this to a few things:
- Connecting with your audience. These people have for some reason connected with their audience in a way that the others didn’t or more than the others have. Why? They have something “unique” or “different”, that special something.
- One of the dancers said “I want to learn and I want to grow”. Many of the dancers took the constructive criticism from the judges and have improved and grown tremendously throughout the weeks. Always keeping your mind open to learning and new ideas is essential. Be teachable!
- Another said “I was the dark horse and I’ve pushed through”. Keeping your head down and pushing through no matter what the obstacle or hurdle is always the sign of a winner.
- Another attributes it to people believing in him. He says that the more people that believe in you it helps you to believe in yourself. Confidence in yourself and your abilities is a critical key to personal and professional success. When you believe in yourself you exude an air of confidence. If you have confidence and trust in yourself and your abilities, others will trust you as well.
Ask yourself some of these questions. Is what you have to offer unique and different? Do you ensure that your customers know what your unique selling proposition is? Are you open to learning and growing and are you taking advantage of the many learning opportunities available? Are you listening to your customers and learning from them. They are the ones that will teach you what the market demands. Are you teachable or do you know it all? Are you pushing through the obstacles or do you let them stand in your way, giving up at the first sign of difficulty? Do you believe in yourself and what you have to offer? If you do, this attitude will shine through. Good luck and hope we see you at the top! CLICK HERE for information on some great learning opportunities.