that they have a GENUINE feeling of affect for you and whatever the specific compliment was, you begin to believe in your own capabilities more and more without getting cocky.

 If you do something via LinkedIn, find me and add me. I can write something up there. I’ve grossly neglected mine, I just remembered that its system is very solid and you can do a _lot_ without paying anything. I never paid anything yet tongue emoticon

Also another hint: Go through compliments you have received in the past. It doesn’t matter where they came from as long as they’re some kind of ‘solid’.

For example, whenever I receive a compliment online that is specific and meaningful (to me – even if I don’t want to use it for anything), I cut and save it to an image.

I have saved hundreds of them, scattered around my hard drive – a big mess really.

But they help in this case: Psychologically. You’re PROBABLY not accustomed to receiving compliments and responding to compliments properly. It’s awkward and feels unusual perhaps.

But as you collect them and begin to realized the GENUINENESS of people – that they have a GENUINE feeling of affect for you and whatever the specific compliment was, you begin to believe in your own capabilities more and more without getting cocky. 

As an added bonus, should you want to utilize them for testimony, you can, especially if it’s in a public forum.

Of course it’s ethically better to ask their permission and I would imagine most would GLADLY allow you to use their compliment as support for your endeavors. 

I’m sure there are people who just use them (first/last initial, or other slight obscurings) and, while that’s a little more gray, it’s something that some marketers do that’s not _that_ terrible really.

But I’d prefer to get explicit permission when I can.

But the main point is: You can save them.

You have to market yourself to yourself FIRST, before you can market to anybody else. You already have the raw material right there in front of you. smile emoticon

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