Have you ever talked to someone about your favorite hobby?
The words just come tumbling out, don’t they?
You know - about how to do a double axel or the secret of painting the model the EXACT color of the original or what a beautiful blue the flower is. Your enthusiasm and love of the subject shows right through and infects the other person.
You find that you know a lot about the subject because it’s so interesting to you. I mean, no one can ask you a question that you don’t know the answer to and you know all the best techniques to catch all the fish as well as the winners of all the grand slams for the past 50 years.
When we find a subject interesting, we tend to absorb information about it like a sponge. We find every aspect fascinating and love to know every little detail.
Now look at the way you feel when you have all that knowledge.
You feel confident, able to hold your own, proud, interested and sure of yourself.
Well, why not try to feel this way about the work you do, as well? Think of how much better you’d feel if you knew the answer to almost any question that your workmates could ask? The boost to your self-confidence would be tremendous.
When you go into a meeting and you’re well prepared, you can answer almost any (if not all) the questions put to you.
It makes you feel good, raises your colleagues opinion of you, solves problems, allows you to think of different solutions to old problems and makes you interested in what you’re doing.
There’s an idea put forward by Brian Tracy and Colin Rose, in their brilliant course ‘Accelerated Learning’.
They say that if you want to become an expert in, say for instance Stock Trading, find someone who is already an expert and find out what they learnt to get them to where they are today.
If Joe Bloggs, who is currently said to be the best Stock Trader in the country, read certain books, attended certain seminars and took certain courses, then do the same. Take exactly the same steps (add some of your own along the way) that Joe took to get to where he is.
The more you learn about a subject you’re interested in, the more confident you become in your own abilities. The gathering and learning of information will increase your self-confidence, will get you known as the person with the answers and somebody who is an expert in that field.
This accumulation of knowledge will then help you get a promotion faster, ensure a better salary and position within the company, and make you feel happier with your ability to do any job required.
And that’s the key. When you are armed with knowledge, you can handle any situation that you’re presented with.
It is as easy as that. You can be whatever it is you want to be, if you are willing to learn what others did and to copy their success.
Lisa van den Berg
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