The art, benefits of likeability
Published On January 4, 2014 » 2711 Views» By Hildah Lumba » Features
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Breaking Barriers LOGOLET me open through a poem that speaks volumes:

You can tell what you are by the friends you seek,

by the very manner in which you speak.

By the way you employ your leisure time,

by the use you make of dollar and dime.

You tell what you are by the things you wear,

by the spirit in which you burdens bear.

By the kind of things at which you snicker,

by records you play on the mp3 player.

You tell what you are by the way you walk,

by the things of which you delight to talk.

By the manner in which you bear defeat,

by so simple a thing as how you eat.

By the books you choose from the well-filled shelf,

in these ways and more, you tell on yourself.

So there is really no particle of sense,

in an effort to keep up false pretense.

Your character speaks volumes about you more than whatever you may be able to say about yourself!

I came across this statement once and have never forgotten it ever since: “What you are doing is so loud that I cannot hear what you are saying!”

It has never been about what we say, it always has been about what we do that determines who we become and who we are able to influence.

Likeability is the essential quality of being able to draw people to you on the account of your personality.

People will always follow or be willing to do things for those they like or admire or look up to, not anyone else. Amazing isn’t it?

You see, human beings have a sense of leadership and followership within them. We are wired in such a way that we all look for that “parent” or “mentor” to look up to.

Someone that will coach us and lead us in the path we would like to travel on.

With this in mind, there is no great man or woman that ever became so on their own. They needed to team up with people that shared their vision and beliefs.

It is only through connecting with people of similar idea that ordinary men start on their path to greatness.

True riches are never a one-man-affair. It is the ability to link up and unite with others in pursuit of your mission that brings about great wealth.

In order to do this effectively, one needs to be likeable. They need to possess personality traits that people will easily admire.

If you notice the qualities we are outlining here, they include honesty, integrity, faithful, and a man of your word, trustworthiness, and firm, committed, disciplined, consistent, visionary, and pioneering.

These are some of the qualities that will draw people your way and they will be willing to bet their last penny on your project, idea, company, vision, political party, revolution or just about anything you have in mind.

The world always makes room for those who know where they are going! This works true for projects and business plans that need financing.

Most financing can be raised within your peers and if what you say seems feasible and you have a likeable personality, you will find someone willing to trust you enough to give you their hard earned cash for investing in your idea.

Conmen know this and utilise it negatively. Pioneers know this and utilize it for great and positive deeds in human endeavor.

Use likeability properly and you will gain synergy that will propel your project or idea to heights it would never achieve if done by yourself.

Great leaders, movers and shakers know how to find and assemble the right team to help accomplish their objectives.

Napoleon Hill in his book “Think and Grow Rich” calls this team a master-mind group.

Every one of us that truly wants to impact the world or his sphere in a positive and legacy manifesting way needs to have the right “master-mind” team in place.

After all, is not team an acronym for Together Everyone Achieves More?

Great leaders also know how to leverage the abilities of those greater than themselves for the good of the whole team and the vision.

They are never threatened by those who seemingly know more than they do, but instead they use that for the good of the whole.

Great leaders synergise. Great leaders make everyone do what they always wanted to do without force or compulsion, but they get everyone to be willing to give all they have for their cause and even be ready to die for it!

Great leaders have a mastermind group – always!

Likeability will gain you all the above! The greatest way to become a memorable leader that leaves legacies for generations to come is hinged on two things; the first is humility (encompassing a teachable spirit) and the second is a likeable personality (encompassing charisma).

Can this be developed? Most certainly! As the writer of this article, I believe that man is intrinsically evil and incapable of good without the influence of a force greater than himself.

The start of such a great personality in hinged in the knowledge and salvation that comes through a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

When He comes into your life, He will take over and begin His work. That work includes the shaping and molding of your personality into one that is like Him.

You will develop what are called the fruit of the Holy Spirit and these are wonderful and powerful character traits that cannot be developed on the strength of one’s character alone.

The fruit are love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.

These are guaranteed when one lives their life in the spirit and are obedient to His word.

It is never about rules, do’s and don’ts, it’s about yielding your whole being to one that is higher than you and letting Him take control.

My fellow Christian Charismatics and Pentecostals call it favor!

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