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How to Enhance Your Market Value Through Discomfort

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 20/10/2015 Daphne C Spyropoulos

The moment I faced the boxing ring through the gym door I started walking from the parking lot to the pavement of the street, ready to go back home. It was 8:45AM. That morning, I had spontaneously signed up for an introductory boxing class online and I had walked 5 miles to get to the training spot. I hadn't given it much thought, I felt numb and sleepy but the moment I arrived, my instincts urged me to depart. 2015-10-18-1445188219-8613114-ScreenShot20151018at10.09.14AM.png © Provided by The Huffington Post 2015-10-18-1445188219-8613114-ScreenShot20151018at10.09.14AM.png
I remember taking an Art History class in College, where I was introduced to the widely-applicable concept of "accepting mechanisms". According to this theory, whenever a person is exposed to art that they are familiar with, they can make an "informed" decision about wether they admire the aura of the piece or not. Whenever that same individual witnesses a combination of what they know and something they have never seen before, resistance is raised and assessments are retarded. At the off chance that they come across a customary practice or an appreciated object of an unknown civilization, they- according to this theory - fail to grasp the artistic essence of the artifact in question, and reject it's value.
The byproduct of this incubated narration was what forced me to return to the building and take my chances at something unknown. While building my Today I Failed At Facebook page and game plan, I figured that in order to succeed professionally, academically and personally, I should turn the attention to my personal evolution rather than let things to luck. Graduating from the University, I realized that as one grows older, automatically appearing trainers around them tend to decrease in number and commitment. Instead of expecting other's initiatives to fortuitously lead me to my full potential, I strategized my personal business plan: that of making me, Daphne, a sustainable, productive and prosperous institution. Though this juxtaposition may seem vain and superficial, I choose to compare my presence in life to that of a profitable corporation. I strategize my path in order to turn my subsistence into existence by coaching my skills and amplifying my experiences.
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As parents stop purchasing ballet classes, professors stop giving feedback with homework and mentors turn to younger candidates of inspiration, body, brain and social muscles are gradually shrinking. To keep fit and increase my "market value", I decided to set up a monthly "3 Piece Discomfort Challenge" that included the following steps:
1) Make a list of 3 things that you are terrible at
2) Force yourself to try them out during the period of a month
3) Revisit your predispositions and re-decide whether you like these things or not
This month, I challenged myself to tryout boxing, put together two 750+ piece puzzles and buy a book on math probabilities.
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Having committed to the "3 Piece Discomfort Challenge" for several months, I have put together a 4-quote assemblage that consists my everyday guidebook on how to run my "Self-Business":
1) Never feel comfortable. Be a step ahead of those who judge you, know your limitations and train to alleviate them
2) Choose your interactions. Remember: "If you are the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room"
3) Reveal peer pressure. Is your disinclination to sports endogenous or is it a result of family-practice accordance?
4) Adopt a dynamic sense of self. Besides your core values, don't restrict your self by awarding them immutable titles. Never say: I am not athletic, I am not a good student, I am not fashionable, I am antisocial
Manage your traits the way you would manage your business and enhance your competitive advantage through discomfort.
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