New Year, More You...In 2 (Weeks)! #7

It's Day 7!

(missed Day 6? You can find it here.)

I'm going to quote that amazing bard and sage, Bonnie Raitt for this email and say that "people are talking, talking about people..." And yes, let's give 'em something to talk about. Talk about "you!" Perhaps you've heard or read the quote "what people say about you is none of your business," but in this case I'm going to disagree. Normally, I'd say, you do you and you don't need to care or worry about anyone's thoughts about you. Because screw the haters. However...

I don't know what I'm good at

One of the reasons I want you to care about this right now is because most people are too damn humble for their own good. You're amazing at certain things. Things you take for granted because they come so easily. Things you assume everyone else does as well (they don't.) that you don't boast about them or even acknowledge them as a strength. Sometimes you need other people to tell you what you're good at, even though you secretly know but are too damn modest to promote. I see this with clients all the time. They always tell me, I'm not special. I don't do anything well or better than my competition. I call Bullshit. All of you do certain things exceptionally well, you just don't know it. As I like to say, when you're creating a bio, you want to go to Bragtown, population You.


You better recognize

Think about who knows you best. It's people around you. Friends, family, partners, colleagues, co-workers, bosses, you get the picture. These are the people you interact with on a day-to-day basis, who see you at your best and your worst, but who see you. Truly see you. These are the people who recognize what you're good at (and maybe not so good at) and would love to share that with you.

Because you've probably never asked.

Get on the horn

For challenge #7, you're going to ask five people in your life, from various aspects of your life (friends, family, work) for three words that come to mind when they think of you.

I guarantee multiple people will come back with the same word or similar words.

Those are the things you do well.

Those are the things you take for granted that you assume are no big deal (they are) and that clients or employers are looking for.

Not ALL clients, but YOUR clients.

If more than one person tells you that you're patient, that's something that serves you well over a competitor who might rush, or be short with a customer. If people tell you that you're the person who's a calm voice of reason, tell your manager or employer because this is an outstanding leadership quality and suggests that you should be the one sent to diffuse tense situations that others will only ignite further.

You get the picture. I'm excited to hear what people say about you.

That's it.

Easy peasy.

See you tomorrow.

And if you already know what people say about you and it's already in your bio...