My daughter Sam has charisma. When I asked her when she first knew she had charisma, she said, “It’s like knowing the color of your skin. You might not know what to call it, but you know you’ve got it.” She has always known how to get what she wants. At the age of 8, she struck up a conversation with a comedian who was selling CDs of his Christian comedy act. She asked him about one of the CDs that had a scratch on the cover. She convinced him (with very little effort) to give her the CD. Then, she went to a store and looked at some superballs. She grabbed 2 of them and asked the attendant if she could have both for the price of 1. Her request was granted. That’s how it’s always been for her.
I believe that her charisma comes from her confidence. She has never been afraid of “no.” To her, “no” is the same as, “check back with me later.” Though, she disagrees. She says, “My confidence comes from my charisma, from the knowledge that I can talk to somebody and sway them to my line of reasoning.”
Instagram recently revealed that its top accounts, including Taylor Swift, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian, each have over 40 million followers. What draws people to follow these celebrities is their authentic and very personal updates posted in real-time. You, too, are unique. Your best creative asset could be the way you see things, the way you think and the way you do things. That’s your charisma.
The truth is that charisma is a huge part of what draws people to these celebrities. We aren’t all charismatic. It’s why you see some people who seem to succeed at whatever they put their hand to and others just…don’t.
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Think of an issue you’re facing.
If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would YOU do? If I knew I couldn’t fail, I would write and publish fiction. It’s my passion and my biggest fear. The great novelists make it look easy. That’s only because they are so good.
Do you have natural charisma? What would you do if you couldn’t fail?
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I am an author, writer, and speaker and homeschooling mom of 3. Since doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan with stage IV lung cancer in 2012, I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace. My books are available at Amazon.com:
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