Personality and Self-Confidence: What Makes Them Relevant

Confidence, professional aura, and a good personality are all essential qualities that can help you succeed in life. In fact, these are all contributory factors that can enhance a person’s ability to achieve his dreams and ambitions.

Although hard work, dedication, and perseverance are often mentioned as the most common and fundamental virtues that make up a successful person, the character also plays a major and undeniable role.  

There is a truckload of self-help books and references that can show you how to work on your confidence and personality. While these may all seem very helpful and insightful, nothing comes close to practice and experience.

Indeed, you can learn theoretically from extensive studies and training. You can also equip yourself with all the knowledge essential to make you succeed in your chosen field.

However, you cannot become competitive if you are unable to present yourself with confidence and if you’re not equipped with the right character and personality. 

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Developing Self-Confidence

According to our mentor, Pierre Vincent; confidence comes from acknowledging the fact that in life, “personal growth never stops at any point unless you choose to confine yourself within your comfort zone”.

It is for this reason that he greatly encourages and promotes continuous learning and exploration in order to set foot on higher grounds, to achieve more in life and to uncover bigger opportunities.

I believe that this had been his mission for himself ever since which accounted to his successful businesses and versatility as a person.

Pierre doesn’t believe that there is a specific threshold in one’s ability to learn and absorb information.

Thus, he encourages the future generation and young professionals to start developing their confidence the earliest time possible by way of finding their passion, studying and working hard, developing their talents and acknowledging the fact that there is so much to learn from others.

He also believes that confidence comes from discovering our passions and interest and finding all means to pursue them to make a difference.

Being Aware of the Competition 

As Pierre would say, there is no such thing as becoming an over-achiever; because the world we live in combined with constantly evolving technology and other resources, offer a whole lot of opportunities for people.

Therefore, you cannot be too overly confident and comfortable with your natural and acquired skills and talents. Eventually, they can become obsolete and outdated amidst people who are more resourceful, ambitious and innovative in trying to get ahead.

Still, you can always do something to stay relevant and competitive in this ever-changing world. And this is the only way to become confident in your chosen field.

How to Develop Confidence in a Competitive World According to Pierre Vincent: 

Develop sense of awareness

Being aware of the industry wherein you belong to is important. In fact, you cannot get ahead of the competition by simply minding your own business. No amount of hard work will ever be enough unless you learn to acknowledge the presence of your competitors and unless you’re willing to embrace change and innovation. 

In order to become relevant, you have to be aware of your competitors, their activities and strategies, and the current trends in marketing. 

Learn how to practice the “art” of being confident

They say that it helps to “fake it until you make it”. This refers to acting confident until you actually learn how to master the art. Acting confidently can be done by working on your posture and facial expressions, through power-dressing and by speaking loudly and clearly. 

Think about the things that boost your mood and make you feel good about yourself. It could be a nice physical appearance, the scent of your favorite perfume, or a sleek business suit.

Try to incorporate these elements together and put on the act. You’ll learn to overcome your insecurities over time as you become more comfortable about acting confident. 

Work on your communication skills

If you’re one of those people who feel anxious about having conversations with different people, Pierre suggests different methods that can help you overcome this dilemma. In fact, any conversation can be meaningful if you learn how to make the most out of it.

You can start with the basics like having conversations with people you know. You may also practice the art of communication when talking to random people you come across with on a daily basis like baristas in a coffee shop, sales staff in department stores, waitresses or your neighbors. 

Modern technology now offers opportunities for socially-awkward and shy individuals to develop confidence in interacting with other people through social chat lines. An example is by calling men social chat lines or female phone dating lines which allow you to practice your communication skills by talking to real people who can respond to you.

Constantly having conversations with strangers also gives you the chance to explore various topics which can be an enriching experience. This is far more effective in boosting confidence than practicing in front of a mirror.

Be Kind to Yourself

Acknowledge your weaknesses and learn from your mistakes. Keep reminding yourself that everyone messes up at some point and nobody is totally spared from failures.

Your mistakes and failures are the elements that will keep you grounded, and they contribute significantly to your success. 

In a study published by the Journal of Personality in 2009, it is stated that “self-compassion contributes to more consistent confidence.” Therefore, instead of beating yourself up and acting like a loser, try talking kindly to your self like you would to a loyal friend.

Cut yourself some slack and learn from your mistakes. In time, you would realize that these temporary setbacks are necessary in order for you to come back stronger and better than before.

Acknowledge Self-Doubt

Practice facing your uncertainties and fears that are rooted in a lack of self-confidence. If you’re afraid about the idea of messing up and possibly embarrassing yourself, do it anyway. However, learn to calculate the risks wisely.

This means making all the necessary preparations and doing your best. But don’t wait until you’re 100% confident because you might end up putting off what you can actually achieve now. 

Acknowledging self-doubt can actually help you give your best performance. In a study published by Psychology of Sport and Exercise in 2010, it reveals that athletes who embrace and acknowledge their self-doubt outperformed those who were 100% confident about themselves.

This means that success is not entirely based on having full self-confidence; it can also come from embracing your fears. 

The Ups and Downs of Starting a Career in Real Estate

Entering the challenging yet rewarding world of real estate is not for the weak and faint-hearted. This career is designed for those who have an extraordinary ability to work like a boss and to think in advance in terms of marketing.

It is often said that; there are countless reasons behind failure and only a handful of reasons that account for success. This is perhaps one of the most important lessons I learned from Pierre during one of his talks for a business convention in Miami. 

A Brief Introduction about Pierre Vincent

Pierre Vincent is a successful businessman, motivational speaker, art collector, and marketing consultant among many others – all rolled into one. A “jack-of-all-trades” as they say because of his diverse interests, wide extent of knowledge and versatility in the business field.

All these factors also make him a credible source of information for a wide variety of topics and career choices. For this reason, I especially like attending his talks. In the said event, he talked about starting a career in the field of real estate which is one of his major interests.

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Successful individuals habits

What Does It Take to Succeed in the Real Estate Business?

Based on estimation, 87% of individuals who enter the real estate business fail at some point and usually, this happens within the first five years. Some of the reasons are; due to the wrong attitude and wrong mindset, and lack of fundamentals.

According to Pierre, if you want to succeed in real estate, you should go beyond the ideas of becoming your own boss and being free from a 9-to-5 job. Instead, you should focus more on becoming productive and profitable compared to your previous job, developing habits that exemplify a true entrepreneur and formulating a good planning system.

Getting Started

First things first, you should pass your licensing exam. Then, you have to select your most feasible or ideal brokerage; and establish a database but not to the extent of becoming “pushy” or forceful to friends, family, and acquaintances around your orbit or sphere of influence.

Once the referrals start to roll in, the next best step is to stay consistent. Most realtors who are just starting up fail at this point because they have the tendency to kick back once the referrals start coming in.

So if you want to get into the groove and become a successful realtor, you should keep in mind that consistency in marketing can spell the difference between failure and success. The reason is that marketing is a single aspect in every business that never sleeps.  

Establishing an Objective

Your goal in the real estate field is to be on top of your game; and that means being the most accessible, the most visible and the most well-known realtor in your chosen market or territory.

For instance, whenever people conduct Miami properties search, your real estate business should make it among the top choices. Visibility is a key aspect which essentially makes SEO highly relevant in order to become more competitive in online marketing. 

Part of your objective should be to create marketing efforts for your real estate business that will ultimately find its way to your target market. For instance, you can start by creating a strong and catchy brand image and exert all means and efforts to make it marketable.

Strategize and Be Competent

“A successful realtor is one who knows how to train his brain on how to become more strategic based on what is going on in the market, and having the means and the capacity to offer something valuable to his leads regardless of where they came from.” These are some of the most important words of Pierre with regards to becoming successful in your endeavours as a realtor.

According to Pierre, there are many ways to strategize but only a few would work to your advantage. Thus, it is best to become aware of innovative resources that can make a phenomenal difference in promoting your business. 

Gaining Advantage through Search Engine Optimization

In this digital age, there’s no doubt that technology is the most influential aspect in almost any field. Technology also plays a major role in maintaining online visibility and relevance which is why a higher ranking in various search engines is increasingly becoming a major goal for all companies. 

To step up your game in the field of real estate, Pierre suggested getting the services of an SEO Miami company to boost online visibility and to generate more traffic to your company or business website. Creating new strategies will make more sense once you become relevant online.

Final Words in Conclusion

Pierre ended his discussion by summarizing his thoughts and ended up sharing four basic ideas that can help you come up with efficient strategies to level up your game. These are the following;

  1. Identify the latest pricing trends in buying and selling real estate in your market
  2. Offer something that no one else can
  3. Develop creative approaches and interesting ways to discuss the trends and figures to your prospects.
  4. Lay down on the table your best value proposition because this is what will define your future and odds in marketing.

Insurance & Adjusters: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Property

We all know for a fact that one way to protect our properties or best interests for that matter, is to have them insured. It seems that having an insurance policy is the best way to gain peace of mind and to rest in the assurance that whatever happens, our property is duly protected.

And in any case that there is an unforeseen catastrophic event, we can conveniently recover our losses. 

The Sad Reality about Insurance Providers

Pierre explains to us during one of our weekly discussions that having an insurance policy does not always guarantee a fairy tale ending. In a perfect world where everything is on our favor, we can expect only for the best possible outcomes when claiming for insurance coverage.

However, we don’t exist in such world; and sometimes, we have to go at wit’s end to get what we deserve from our insurance provider.

What Studies Reveal about Insurance Claiming

 According to Pierre, based on a market analysis conducted in 2017, an average of nearly 1 in every 5 insurance claims is denied. Furthermore, according to an article published by Forbes in 2013, over 200 million claims are rejected every year for various reasons.

Such alarming figures prove that having an insurance policy does not always equate to absolute peace of mind. However, you can still get the best and the most out of it if you know your rights as an insurance policyholder. 

Pierre had been in the field of real estate and property management in Miami long enough to know the ins and outs of the industry including how property insurance works. It is through his discussions that we became aware of the system and the process of claiming for insurance coverage. 

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Property Insurance Claim Denial

Pierre points out that most Miami residents usually sign up for property insurance for their own peace of mind in case of hurricane damage and flood. However, in the event that a devastating calamity hits the city and its surrounding areas, a massive number of insurance claims are expected.

In such cases, Insurance companies have their own way of conducting investigations to identify the extent to which a policyholder is entitled to coverage. This is where problems start to arise. 

According to him, most property insurance claims in Miami are denied due to an element of neglect (identified by the insurance provider on the part of the property owner), or because the damages are not caused by the calamity or other unforeseen events, or simply because somebody else is responsible for the damage and incident.

These are usually based upon the investigation and assessment conducted by the representatives of the insurance provider. While this can be devastating on the part of the policyholder, it doesn’t signal the end of the process. 

Knowing Your Rights as an Insurance Policy Holder

Regardless of the reason for denial, Pierre claims that a policy holder should become aware of his/her rights to fight for a fair settlement and reasonable coverage.

This includes hiring a Public Adjuster Miami residents can rely on for proper representation in order to protect the policy holder’s best interests and to negotiate with the insurance company on behalf of the property owner. 

A Public Adjuster seems to be the property owners’ best ally in any case that their insurance claims have been denied or they’ve been presented with an unfair and unreasonable insurance settlement.

The objective of Public Adjusters is to negotiate for maximum coverage and better settlement by way of interpreting the insurance policy from a position of strength.

Policyholders who don’t want to go through the stressful process of having to deal with their insurance provider on their own usually hire a Public Adjuster right from the start to represent them in filing for an insurance claim.

Hiring a Public Adjuster seems to offer the most convenient way to file and claim for maximum coverage and to avoid the risks of getting denied. The best part of the deal is that if a policyholder doesn’t recover, there is no need to pay for the services of a Public Adjuster.  

Qualities of a Good Leader: Do You Have What It Takes?

Good leadership is one of the fundamentals of running a successful business. It is often said that a good leader is one who is capable of establishing a good rapport with his workers while enabling them to become more productive and efficient in their respective duties.

It takes more than experience and acquired skills to become a good leader; because leadership, in its broadest essence, is a virtue. It is an innate and extraordinary capacity to draw positive changes for the betterment of society. 

What are the qualities of a true leader?

The world is filled with resources and references that will tell you what a good leader is. Our mentor, Pierre Vincent, revealed to us the qualities of a true leader that he believes in.

Being a highly-versatile individual who engages in a wide range of interests, Pierre focuses more on the human aspects of a leader rather than on the acquired skills and trained abilities. 

Showing Compassion

Pierre believes in kindness and humanity. He constantly reminds us that “in order to make our business successful, we have to take care of our workers. If we take care of our workers, they will develop a sense of responsibility which will, in turn, drive them to give their best and to take care of our customers. When this is achieved, the business will take care of itself.” 

It’s like a domino effect – as entrepreneurs, it is our duty to show compassion to our employees for them to show compassion to our customers and this will ultimately result to a profitable venture and successful business outcomes.

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Acknowledging Each Employee

A true leader understands all aspects of his business – from the most menial job all the way to the most crucial responsibility. This is one of the best ways to earn the respect of your workers.

According to Pierre, making your employees feel that you understand what they are doing and acknowledging their task, no matter how small, will enable them to develop respect towards you as their leader. It makes the employees feel that they are important and thus they become more empowered. 

Building a Pleasant Working Environment

There are many ways to establish rapport with your employees, but Pierre takes special mention about “knowing the names of your employees” especially the ones that you constantly interact with on a regular basis.

According to him, it accounts for a happy and healthy working environment when you, as their boss, address your employees by their names.

Understanding Your Employees Mistakes

According to Pierre, committing a mistake is different from being neglectful and irresponsible. We should learn how to identify the difference. Making mistakes is part of being human. There are times when even to the most careful and reliable person does something wrong unintentionally or misses out on something. 

That is why we, as entrepreneurs and leaders, must learn how to make our own adjustments and to practice understanding; because just like us, our employees are capable of making mistakes.

Instead of punishing them, the best way to deal with the situation is by asking them what they have learned from the experience and explaining to them the consequences of their actions.

Conclusion

Not all leadership skills can be learned from books, experience, and other references. Some of the most important qualities of a true leader come from goodwill, humanity and innate virtues.

As Pierre would always say, behind every successful business is strong and effective manpower that consists of the leader and his employees working synergistically and systematically to achieve a single and common goal.