19 November 2005

Reducing The "Inferiority Complex"

Having opined that Puerto Rico has an inferiority complex, My readings uncovered a very appropriate post to counterbalance that first one. Curt Rosengren, self-defined as a "Passion Catalyst" (a trademarked description, you'll want to know) cites in his well-worth-reading The Occupational Adventure a post with the title "10 Tips to Kickstart Your Self-Esteem," by Julie Plenty.

The simplified list Curt posted is reproduced here:

1. Stop comparing yourself to other people.
2. Don't keep putting yourself down!
3. Using affirmations.
4. Accept all compliments graciously.
5. Take advantage of and use life coaching programmes, workshops, books on how to raise your self esteem and develop a more positive attitude.
6. Mix with positive and supportive people.
7. Acknowledge your positive qualities and skills.
8. Stop putting up with stuff!
9. Make positive contributions to others.
10. Involve yourself in work and activities that you love.

The first three listed above seem to be speaking directly to the evolutionarily-challenged economist of the article that inspired the "inferiority" post, and My suggestion is that numbers 7 and 9 be inscribed on a plaque and placed in her office.

Oddly, Curt didn't present what The Jenius believes is the key point of the list, the "11th" item: Start taking action! Self-esteem is built on making an effort, not on sitting on one's fat butt and spouting negative words and empty generalizations.

The Jenius Has Spoken.

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