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					?I recently came across the following list written/compiled by David Heenan:
Ten Keys to Life Fulfillment:
1. Listen to your heart
2. Take one step at a time
3. Deliver daily
4. Maintain a maverick mind-set
5. Focus, focus, focus
6. Never stop learning
7. Build a brain trust (network of knowledgeable people)
8. Reinvent Yourself
9. Sell Yourself
10. Start now!

This list rocks!!! I love it. It's balanced and passionate and practical and focused and
full of hope.

The items on this list are things I dedicate myself to and which I work to bring to my
students in all of our seminars and coaching calls.

I believe that we can have anything and everything we want. It's possible to have
satisfying work which also pays well. We can be fulfilled in our careers and have time
and energy to spend with our families. At any point in life, we can decide to continue
our growth and learning.

I would add to the above list the concept of 'cultivating curiosity'.

Many people struggle with a stagnation later on in their careers. Many of my students
who are financial advisers have told me that as many of their contemporaries reach
retirement age, they begin to lose passion, their edge is dulled, their achievement
wanes. Maybe it's because I've found my calling and love what I do, but I think it's
sad. I hope to continue to reinvent persuasion and continue to learn and grow way
beyond "retirement age". A big part of that is my desire to cultivate curiosity.

As children, we're innately curious. We want to know everything. Why? Why? Why?
If you have kids, you remember the questioning stage -- why is the sky blue? Why
does it look like the moon is following us? Who invented candy? How do airplanes
fly? After a while it seems like the curiosity wanes a little bit as school starts and tests
and homework and responsibilities begin. Who has time to figure everything out?

Curiosity is a desire to know and understand other people and things outside of
ourselves which happens to be the exact same path to gaining rapport with our clients
and prospects. I've definitely had periods in my life when I had no interest in what
was going on in the world around me so in no way am I suggestion that having
periods of introspection is not valuable, but our culture seems to nurture navel gazing,
that 'me, me, me' attitude, with a bent toward pathologizing and psychologizing
ourselves to an extreme.

Turning our attentions outward and soaking up what is around us has incredible value,
especially where persuasion is concerned. Our goal as persuaders, especially as
persuaders of an affluent clientèle, is to learn, understand and know our clients in such
a way that we can combine what we have to offer them with their view of the world,
their criteria.

Pay attention to the details. When you're curious, you can turn the mundane into an
opportunity to learn something.

Kenrick Cleveland teaches techniques to sell to affluent clients using persuasion
strategies. He runs unique public and private seminars and offers home study courses,
audio/visual learning tools, and coaching programs in persuasion techniques. Find
more free articles at /blog. Be sure to sign up for his free report entitled "Yes!
Persuasion."

				
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