When you take the initiative in life you build confidence, courage, conversation and a winning self image.
Learn the art of every day conversation, for it may well be that the road to your success will be made easier and quicker by those you meet in daily life.
Talking to strangers can be the greatest game in the world. Use your initiative and talk first. Say, "Hello." Everyone is waiting for the other fellow to talk first. Both of you are thinking the same thing. Try saying hello first and it may cure you of yourself, consciousness, shyness, timidity.
Once you master the art of effective conversation, you'll realize that everything your mind can think, or your heart can wish can be yours.
You can get people to help you. There is a persuasive power in effective conversation.
If you cannot think of something to say, think of the first letter of the word "Wonderful" for conversation starters. It is an optimistic, positive word. It is a conversation stimulator.
W - Weather
O - Occupation
N - News
E - Entertainment
R - Radio and TV
F - Family
U - Uplift ( say something positive)
L - Location (Travel)
Now you will never be at a loss for something to say to friends or strangers.
Effective conversation is the highest mark of civilization. Practice memorizing the list connected to the word "Wonderful" so you can bring them to your mind instantly.
Getting back to your goal to become a better painter, writer, artist, musician, person, or good with money READ everything you can find on the subject.
The Age of Aquarius has given us the internet. Whatever you want to know is in a book, a magazine or on the net.
My teacher told me, "If you buy a 1000 page book, for $1000. dollars and it takes you 1000 hours to read it and you find ONE good idea in it that helps you in what you want to do in life, it is worth it.
Learn from others.
Walter Chrysler said, "I learned more about automobiles in one year of reading than in 20 years of experimenting.
"The school of experience takes so long that it's graduates are too old to go to work." Henry Ford.
Socrates advised, "Improve yourself by other's experiences...... so shall you acquire quickly what others labor or long for."
Remember, take the initiative. Self-introductions are very powerful. There are many people who fear two things, they are being snubbed and saying something wrong.
Try to find something of interest between you. The question if mightier than the statement. People tend to answer any question put to them.
Learn how to ask interesting questions. "How long do you think this rain will last." rather than "It looks like it's going to rain all day."
"Do you like seafood." is better than saying "I like seafood." Do you live far from here etc." Think of interesting questions in the field you are interested in to start a conversation. If they do not know anything about your subject you have lost nothing.
Have fun! Go fishing for information with strangers. You'll be surprised what you will learn. Interesting stories will pop up everywhere. Keep a notebook with you and write down all unusual or odd items you hear in your conversation.
Start today to become a better conversationalist. Take charge of your lower, lazy mind. Get tough with it.
Success for the average man - woman must begin from inside out. We must replace all the habits, ideas, and emotions within us that are stopping us from succeeding.
Initiative, will power and self discipline in life's daily events is the place to start.
One of our chief problems is to beat down barriers of inhibition, shyness, reserve and backwardness. Lean to become agreeably aggressive.
Talk to people!
William James: "The deepest principle in human nature is the desire to be great."
Goethe : "More than anything else, people want to be noticed and recognized."
Work on lyour self and make no SMALL plans. The have the power to stir the blood.
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