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What is an Avatar? Here is http://www.dictionary.com’s definition
an embodiment or personification, as of a principle, attitude, or view of life.
As you probably already know I dance salsa just about every weekend. The one thing that a lot of people don’t know is that there are about 7 different styles of salsa.
I dance 3 of those styles which are L.A. Style, NY mambo style and Cuban style (which is where I’m strongest in). In order for you to know the difference you have to really be into the salsa scene.
This is where the term Avatar comes in. I got the inspiration from Fred Williams blog post on figuring out the avatar of your customers or target market which is a really great post. Go to his blog called Anatomy Of An Avatar – Who Are You Marketing To?
I first start dancing salsa in 2005 and as time progress my style became more and more Cuban. Part of it is because of the way I naturally dance and the other part of it is because I started hanging around more Cubans and listen to more Cuban music.
So pretty much everywhere I go people would assume that I’m Cuban. As a matter of fact, they will come up to me and start speaking Spanish. So everywhere I go I attract a lot of Spanish speakers, specifically those from the Caribbean.
Although I go to the L.A. salsa clubs where everyone dance L.A. style, I tend stick out because I dance Cuban salsa. This most definitely draws attention and from time to time people would just come up to me and ask if I teach.
Now think about this for a minute. Despite my natural ability to dance, I hung out with Cubans and listen to Cuban music. I started dancing like Cubans so every salsa club I go to they assume that I’m Cuban. I’m American but I also would be considered a “Cuban Avatar” according to the definition.
Now lets take me out of the picture and put you into the picture. What if you want to be this great leader and attract all of these other great leaders and they ask you to teach them how to be a great leader. What do you think you would have to do to get to this level?
Well maybe you need to start hanging around other leaders, read leadership books, listen to audios on leadership, go to webinars on leadership, go to conference on leadership, and when it comes down to it, just live and breathe leadership by becoming its avatar!!
By becoming it’s avatar you’ll start to feel like a leader, speak like a leader, walk like a leader, and the list goes on and on. Once you get that going you will be transformed into a leader. So what are you waiting for? Why are you procrastinating? Do what you have to do to become a leader!
Here’s some books I recommend:
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell
How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell
Developing the Leader Within You by John C. Maxwell
The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
How To Win Friends And Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Success Through A Positive Mental Attitude by Napolean Hill
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