I’ve talked about Personal Branding or hinted at it in almost every post I’ve written and I was trying to understand why I keep coming back to the it. What makes Personal Branding a key driver in all my discussions? So I revisited all my previous posts that were essentially about Personal Branding to see if anything common stood out – below is a quick reference list in case you’d like to build you’re own analysis:
- The Fall of CVs & the Rise of Personal Branding
- Personal Branding vs. Reputation Management
- Personal Branding – A Full time Lifetime Job
- Personal Branding – Your Avatar is Important, Stick to It
- Personal Branding is for YOU
- Personal Branding – It’s All About Humbleness
- Personal Branding – Once You Pop, You can’t Stop
- Personal Branding – The 10 Commandments
- Personal Branding – The Essence of Trust
- Personal Branding – The Art of Giving
- You Are Immortal – Take Control of Your Legacy
As you can see, the list is long, and it’s only going to get longer. Some might say, it’s an obsession, or an ego trip. I promise you it’s not, it’s far from being so. The post today will highlight my findings about my so-called obsession.
The acronym that best describes my personal branding effort is non other than LIFE: Learn, Inspire, Fight, and Excel.
Don’t stop learning. He who claims to know it all, actually knows nothing. Learn from the lives of others, from your experiences and from theirs … learn from everyone your children, friends, students, teachers, colleagues, parents, strangers, loved ones … a day gone by without a new lesson, is a day wasted!
You might not know it, but someone, somewhere looks up to you – you are their inspiration … you have the power to move people, to inspire action – it is your responsibility to deliver! Some inspire through singing, others through writings .. some paint, some dance, some create … we all inspire i our own unique way!
Easy come, easy go – this is what i was brought up to believe. We should fight for our dreams, we can’t expect them to be delivered to us on a silver platter. Fight for what you believe in … you might be laughed at, ridiculed, tempted but never let that stop you from your passion. trust me, it’s worth the fight, and it will pay off one day … the keys to a great fight are strategy and patience.
Notice that I didn’t refer to excellence (as the objective), but the action to excel. YES – excel is a verb you should be using more often in your personal brand – people who aim low, score a direct hit, so aim high, aim to excel … I used to tell my students in class at the beginning of every semester, you all have an A, it’s you responsibility to keep it … this pushed them to work twice as hard! this pushed them to excel …
In my previous post, i referred to the missing link between Knowledge and Power – ACTION! Here are four LIFE-actions to move your Personal Brand from knowledge to power!
Think About It!