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Sunday, 22 August 2010
There are so many things out there that can hinder the fulfillment of our hopes and dreams. However, the main thing that stops people before they start is an internal emotion – FEAR. Opportunity pushes us out of our comfort zone and that in and of itself makes us fearful. When this happens we have one of two choices – we can either quit, or we can fight. We usually know if we will be successful before we even start!
 
I had the opportunity to face fear head-on when competing as a contestant on Reality Stars Fear Factor. When the opportunity first arose, I was fearful. What were they going to make me do? Would I make a fool of myself on national television? Would I win or lose?
 
Despite all of these initial fears, I evaluated the offer and decided that it was too great an opportunity to pass up. The two major factors in this decision were: (1) I love to do things that take me outside of my comfort zone, and (2) My children heard that I’d been invited and encouraged me to go for it! It ended up being a truly amazing experience.
 
If you often don’t seize the opportunities that present themselves to you, I would encourage you to take my challenge this month – find something to do in which you can claim a small victory for yourself. Do something you’ve always wanted to do but have been too afraid of – sign up for a flying lesson, enter a talent contest, talk to your boss about a promotion – whatever you want! Make sure it pushes you outside of your comfort zone!
 
Once you have decided on what to do, start telling people you are going to do it. This will ensure accountability. Then go for it! One small victory will make you feel like a WINNER and will significantly improve your perception of yourself as someone who fulfills their goals. Build upon these small wins – they will take you from fearful to ferocious!
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Monday, 16 August 2010

No one knows the pressure of the boardroom better than me - one wrong move can be the difference between winning and losing.  On The Apprentice, Mr. Trump often asks, "Why should I keep you here instead of." 

 

In life, we are often faced with the same questions by those we want to do business with - people always want to know why they should do business with you instead of your competitor.  A major advantage that I had over the other contestants was that I knew when to launch into my own 30 Second Commercial.

 

In a 30 Second Commercial, you need to be able to sell yourself and your skills to a complete stranger in 30 seconds or less.  What are the compelling reasons why someone should do business with you?

I have enclosed some tips on how to write your own 30 Second Commercial:

 

Be Able to Recite on a Moment's Notice.  On the show, I knew my 30 Second Commercial better than my competitors.  Whenever asked, I could name specifics as to why I was the better choice, my precise record as a project manager, and what I had to offer that no one else had.

 

Know Your Competitor's Commercials.  Not only could I tell my story, I also knew those of my competitors, and could bring them up when it was advantageous.  In one circumstance, I knew the win/loss record of my competitor better than he did, and that led Trump to fire him instead of me.

 

Don't Let Anyone Else Write Your Script.  Going onto The Apprentice, I was pegged as the Modest Midwestern Housewife - and instead I showed them I was someone who could "handle the killers of New York."  Mr. Trump told me that he respected me for knowing who I was.  Always be yourself!

 

I wish you great financial success using this technique - be sure to send me the royalties!

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