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A mediocre person tells. A good person explains. 
A superior person demonstrates. 
A great person inspires others to see for themselves.
Harvey Mackay

[Harvey Mackay in a portrait on his official website]

I discovered this powerful quote (and the business columnist Harvey Mackay, born in 1932) thanks to 12 Great Motivational Quotes for 2013. To me it seems to be a reloaded version of the good old "Show, don't tell", that still happens to be very effective and true.

What I learnt is that if someone thinks that you are amazing, you are going to discover it for sure.
It's better to let other people judge by themselves who you are and what they think about you and your performance, instead of spending your time by saying "I am good at this, I am good at that".
Not only because you are maybe not as good as you think, after all, but also because you would sound somehow cocky and vain.

What you can do, to show your skills instead of telling them?

#1. Show up, every day. Even if you don't feel like it.
#2. Be reliable. Even if others aren't.
#3. Make promises and then keep them. Even if you don't have the time.
#4. Care about quality instead of quantity. Even if quantity is easier or cheaper to obtain.
#5. Be yourself. Always. Even if you are scared.

Do you agree?
In in your opinion, how can you show your personality and your talent?

Eine mittelmäßige Person sagt. Eine gute Person erzählt. 
Eine bessere Person beweist. 
Eine besondere Person regt andere an, sich selbst zu überzeugen.
Harvey Mackay

Ich habe dieses kraftvolle Zitat (und den Business-Autor Harvey Mackay, Jahrgang 1932) in 12 Great Motivational Quotes for 2013 erfunden. Man könnte es als eine irgendwie verbesserte Version des alten Mottos "Show, don't tell" ansehen, welches übrigens noch treffend und wahr ist.

Etwas, was ich gelernt habe, ist Folgendes: Wenn jemand denkt, dass Ihr einzigartig seid, werdet Ihr das auf jeden Fall erfahren. Es ist also besser, den Anderen die Möglichkeit zu geben, sich selbst eine Meinung darüber zu bilden, wer Ihr seid und was sie über Euch und Eure Perfomance denken, statt immer weiter zu sagen "Ich kann das gut, ich kann jenes gut". Nicht nur weil es sein mag, dass Ihr nicht so gut seid, wie Ihr denkt, sondern auch weil Ihr irgendwie eingebildet und blöd klingen würdet.

Wie kann man aber seine Kenntnisse zeigen, statt über sie zu reden?

#1. Indem man jeden Tag anwesend ist. Auch wenn man keine Lust darauf hat.
#2. Indem man zuverlässig ist.. Auch wenn die Anderen unzuverlässig sind.
#3. Indem man etwas verspricht und sein Versprechen hält. Auch wenn man keine Zeit dafür hat.
#4. Indem man sich auf die Qualität und nicht auf die Quantität konzentriert. Auch wenn die Quantität einfacher oder billiger zu erreichen ist.
#5. Indem man man selbst ist, immer. Auch wenn man Angst davor hat.

Seid Ihr einverstanden damit?
Wie kann man, Eurer Meinung nach, seine Personlichkeit und sein Talent beweisen?

Una persona mediocre dice. Una persona in gamba spiega. 
Una persona superiore dimostra. 
Una persona eccezionale invoglia gli altri a giudicare da soli.
Harvey Mackay

Ho scoperto questa citazione incisiva (e l'autore specializzato in business Harvey Mackay, classe 1932) grazie all'articolo 12 Great Motivational Quotes for 2013. La considero una versione in qualche modo riveduta e corretta del buon vecchio adagio "Show, don't tell", che è peraltro ancora e sempre veritiero ed efficace.

Una cosa che ho imparato è che se qualcuno pensa che siete incredibili, verrete a saperlo in ogni caso.
Meglio lasciare che gli altri giudichino da soli chi siete e cosa pensano di voi e della vostra performance, piuttosto che dire continuamente "Sono bravo a fare questo e quello": non solo perché potrebbe darsi che non siate davvero bravi come credete, ma anche perché finireste per sembrare arroganti e troppo sicuri di voi.

Come dimostrare le proprie qualità invece di limitarsi a raccontarle?

#1. Fate in modo di esserci, ogni giorno. Anche quando non ne avete voglia.
#2. Siate affidabili. Anche quando gli altri non lo sono.
#3. Fate delle promesse e mantenetele. Anche quando non avete tempo.
#4. Preoccupatevi della qualità invece che della quantità. Anche quando la quantità è più facile o più economica.
#5. Siate voi stessi. Sempre. Anche quando essere se stessi fa paura.

Che ne pensate? Siete d'accordo?
Come si fa a dimostrare la propria personalità e il proprio talento, secondo voi?

Tags: Harvey Mackay, Quotes, Zitate, Citazioni, Show don't tell, Kenntnisse beweisen, Dimostrare invece di raccontare

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