Your Personality: Asset or Liability?
by Havilah Malone
Wherever you go you leave behind your trademark. Your unique energetic signature can be seen, heard and felt by all those around you and as they say… news travels fast!
What are you known for? How do you want people to remember you?
“Your personality is your greatest asset or liability. It embraces everything you control, your mind, your body, and your soul.” – Napoleon Hill
29 Factors of a
- A Positive Mental Attitude
- Flexibility of the Mind
- Sincerity of Purpose
- Promptness of Decision
- Common Courtesy
- Pleasing Tone of Voice
- Facial Expression and the Habit of Smiling
- Frankness in Manner of Speech
- A Keen Sense of Humor
- Faith in Infinite Intelligence
- A Keen Sense of Justice
- Appropriateness of Words
- Effective Speech
- Control of the Emotions
- Alertness of Interest
- Fondness for People
- Control of Temper
- Hope and Ambition
- Humility of the Heart
- Appropriateness of Dress
- Effective Showmanship
- Clean Sportsmanship
- Ability to Shake Hands Properly
- Personal Magnetism
If you plan on accomplishing anything above mediocrity in life, you will need the cooperation and assistance of others along your journey. To get the help you need in reaching your goals you must become the kind of person others want to be around. Your personality is your trademark and it can be molded so that it serves as an asset instead of a liability. With a positive mental attitude and use of the “The Big 3” traits of an attractive personality, you are sure to win in any given situation:
- Facial expression
- Tone of voice
We have the power to ‘literally’ change the molecular structure and mood of a room with our personality. Have you ever been in a meeting where your colleagues cordially greeted each other as they arrived and everyone laughed and made small talk? A pretty good atmosphere and mood is experienced by all in this scenario. Then the Big Boss, “Mr. Grumpy McGrump” walks through the door and immediately the room feels stuffy, the air is heavier, the laughter fades and the mood darkens. “Mr. McGrump” didn’t even utter a word, yet everyone became uncomfortable in his mere presence. This is just one example of the power of our personality, and fortunately the reverse scenario is also true. Just as easily, someone with a pleasing personality, who exhibits a genuine smile and through body posture and their positive mental attitude can fill a room with excitement, comfort and joy! That’s the person we want to be around, right? That’s the person we want to do business with.
We are all connected. As discussed in the Principle “The Mastermind Alliance”, every brain is both a broadcasting and receiving station which operates off vibration of thought. We are attracted to the things and people who are most like us. There is a sushi restaurant that I frequently visit not only because they have great food but the wait staff is always friendly and offers exceptional customer service. When I walk in I am greeted with a smile and pleasant conversation. They even go the extra mile to remember my unique preferences. For example, I like having a glass of water with an additional glass of ice on the side. Although in some people’s eyes it may be a peculiar request, upon being seated at my table, it is immediately brought to me and delivered with enthusiasm. I, and most people enjoy spending their time and money with people they like and who offer a pleasant experience. We’ll keep coming back again and again!
If you want more people to harmonize with you and willingly help you accomplish your goals, then turn your personality into an asset of immeasurable value by cultivating the qualities of a pleasing personality. Napoleon Hill outlines the 29 Factors of a Pleasing Personality.
Poet and Civil Rights Activist Maya Angelou famously quoted, “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
With time and diligent effort focused on developing these traits of a pleasing personality, everything that makes you “YOU”, your mental, emotional, spiritual and physical traits will serve as an asset and rally to you the kind of cooperation that makes big dreams come true. Your trademark will not only benefit you now, it will create a positive ripple effect for generations to come.