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Make Change First, or Build Self First?

I got a great email from a reader asking my thoughts on where he's at in life. He studied and worked in the USA, and went back to his home country to try to improve it... but he's having problems achieving all his goals with the culture there, and is thinking this through a lot. I like my response and I'm sharing it here - I edited out his personal details before posting this.

Good email. Tough questions.

First, I massively respect your point of view. It's interesting, isn't it? Whether you should focus on success -> change stuff, or try to do both at the same time... maybe both? Funny, I just wrote a blog post about this yesterday, but haven't posted it yet. I'm attaching it - "BLOG Ambitious Conundrum.txt" - some questions about how much to train, and how much to produce right away. Maybe it's relevant.

I guess the biggest question is, what's your main goal in life? What do you live and breathe for? Professionally, I'm working to be the greatest strategist of this generation. (It'll take me another 20+ years, but I think I've got a realistic shot at it) On a family level, I'm looking to build an international dynasty, a family like the Medici, Rockefellers, Rothschilds, Tokugawa, something like that.

Those goals come first and second, then I have other goals related to service, making change in the world, being a guardian of society, doing science, doing things professionally, etc. For me, I try to make my actions serve my larger roles.

"The New Rules For Sales" -- When Features and Benefits Don't Get It Done

On Machiavelli

Alan Mayer is a veteran salesman and sales trainer. With over two decades of experience, he's able to deliver results quickly and has powerful mental models for understanding sales. Most interestingly, he now has a speciality in how introverts can leverage their natural skills to even be better salespeople than extroverts!

He's running a class for GiveGetWin on November 28th on how to create instant rapport by matching your language to the prospective client or customer. Extremely powerful stuff. Enjoy this interview, and then get over to GiveGetWin to scoop this deal up if your job or role involves any selling or interpersonal skills.

"The New Rules For Sales" -- When Features and Benefits Don't Get It Done

Sales wisdom from Alan Mayer, as told to Chiara Cokieng

I am a sales trainer. But first and foremost, I'm the person in sales for over 20 years now. I started very young during university selling bulldozers and excavators -- heavy equipment. My whole career, I leaned towards sales.

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