|Don’t be Humble, Strive to be Awesome!|
|Monday, 27 August 2012 00:00|
I recently responded to a thread on the SiliconBeach email list that was looking at the issue of Australians underselling themselves and how this adversely affects their ability to get traction I the US. The post below is a slightly edited and cleaned up version.
In principle I agree with the sentiment that self-marketing is detracting from the SiliconBeach list, I reckon most people have met someone at some point and had this reaction.
With apologies to Pete Davison who loves this term, I'd like to weigh in on this thread with an observation about "awesomeness" in lieu of "talking up oneself" to get attention.
Every now and then I come across someone who just blows me away. These people tend to have some common traits regardless of whether they're from Australia the US or wherever. It's got nothing to do with how many exits they've had, their level of education, how their current job or business is going, or how much money they've got in the bank and everything about their attitude, focus, energy, and the way they treat others.
Typically these folks...
Talking oneself up often feels unnatural and runs the risk of creating a perception of arrogance. There are plenty of people who don't get funded or get the sale simply because they're trying too hard and end up leave the potential investor / customer thinking "This guy/gal is really super smart or accomplished, but sheesh what an A**hole, they won't listen to any advice, no way I could work with them: too much work, not enough fun, life's too short" There are plenty of VCs who tell you they have passed on deals for this reason.
Shifting the focus on how to help others and the discovery of truths with high energy and a results-orientation can generate significant interest and deep respect: "This person clearly knows their stuff, and will do what it takes to achieve a great result.... even if it means they're told they're wrong. I could work with this person"
Every time I meet one of these people I am grateful and I seek them out going forward. They are a pleasure to be around. They're the kind of people I'd like as partners and to do business with. There are a reasonable number of people on the SiliconBeach list whom I'd hold up as examples of the above behaviors, hopefully they know who they are as I won't embarrass them by naming them or myself for missing someone out who is awesome.
False humility can make you look timid and uncommitted.
Talking up your own achievements can make you look arrogant and hard to work with.
Being awesome is the way to go and something to strive for:)
written by Tag Heuer Replica , October 22, 2017
|Last Updated on Thursday, 30 August 2012 02:11|