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Are You Likable?

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Here’s a dangerous question to contemplate: Do people like you? If not, why? Is it your

personality? While you may not need a winning personality to succeed in life and

business, it sure does help!

If you’re someone who has a hard time connecting with others, ask yourself these four

important questions:

1. Am I approachable? Do the people in your life and workplace find it easy to ask

you questions or request help? Or do they tend to shy away from you, doing

everything possible to avoid interaction? Being approachable is a very important

trait to develop if you want to increase your personal power. Just because you’re

in charge (or want to be) doesn’t mean you should be the office know-it- all or

overpower everyone else.

2. Am I genuine? No matter how hard you try and hide it, if you’re harboring a

hidden agenda or are insincere, others will notice and they’ll consider you

untrustworthy.

3. Am I friendly? There’s no need to be everyone’s friend, but at least try to be

friendly. Likable people are easy to talk to and make an effort to connect with

others.

4. Am I interested? Notice that I didn’t say interesting here, I said interested.

There’s a difference. Being interested means you care what others have to say and

how they feel. You listen, really listen, to the concerns of others and work to

make everyone you meet feel valued.

Maybe you’re not the most well-liked person around the office right now, but you can

work on changing that. Here’s how:

Cultivate Your Desire to Change

You can’t change unless you want to. Decide what kind of personality traits you want to

adopt and then work on them.

Analyze Yourself

Acknowledge your weaknesses. Until you know what areas of your personality need fine-

tuning, you’ll have no idea how to become more likable.

Make the Change

Once you have the desire to change and figure out what needs changing, the work is up to

you. No one can change your attitude except you. Action is the last and most important

step to developing mojo no one can resist.

About Dennis M. Postema

Dennis M. Postema, RFC, is a successful entrepreneur, best-selling author, coach, speaker and registered financial consultant. He is the founder of MotivationandSuccess.com, StoriesofPerseverance.org, FinancingYourLife.com and TheRetirementInstitute.org.

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