Category: Personal Success


Networking allows you to create a personal brand for yourself. After all, you are marketing and trading your expertise, position, and knowledge for the same offered by others around you. Creating a strong personal brand can take years of effort and contribution.

But, when it comes down to it, how do you determine if your brand is strong enough to make people want to join your network?

The following pointers will help:

1. You Thrive On Maximum Interaction

For you, communication is key. You interact, communicate, and respond to every question, problem, or request thrown your way. Your communication encourages your followers to do the same and promote you as a strong and valuable contact.

2. You Are Getting More Than You’re Giving

Because you’ve made it a point to be available for your network whenever they need you, you’ve reached a point where your two-way street of networking is driving organic traffic. Most of it will be coming your way as the ones you’ve helped along the way start returning the favor.

3. Your Followers Turn to You for Professional Help and Advice

You’ve kept a tradition of prompt replies, worthy solutions, and valuable advice. Your followers find it easier to approach you for their issues. They place trust and confidence in your knowledge and expertise. You can’t ask for more. When people are coming to you, then you have a good brand on your shoulders.

4. You Have Focus and Direction

You are not posting and tweeting everything you find. You focus on keeping your topics and ideas relevant. You want to make sure everything with your name on it is directed at a specific audience – your network. Your social media topics are authentic and valuable to the intended users.

5. You’re Always Thinking Of Collective Progress

You take the time to publish useful, high-quality content for your followers to benefit. You are investing time and money in resources and tools that can help you improve your brand activities, and maintain your position in the industry. That does not go unseen by your followers.

6. You’re Widely Recommended

It is one thing to be recognized by new people in the industry, but when people on the same, or higher, level of expertise recommend and recognize you as a brand – that’s a completely different level of achievement. It means you’re on the right track.

6.5. Keep Improving

It is great to have people looking up to you; trying to connect with you – but you need to remind yourself that this is just the beginning. Achieving a strong personal brand is easier than maintaining it over the long run. This is why it is important to consistently improve your personal brand. Here’s what you can do to maintain it:

  • Be humble. It’s crucial to admit that you’re not an expert at everything, and it’s all right to ask help from others when needed – even if it’s someone you have been mentoring from the beginning.

  • Don’t wait for others to come to you. Reach out to others. Reaching out to help others can give you good exposure and promote your reputation as a people person.

  • Establish yourself as an authority on subjects you are most passionate and knowledgeable. You can take on public speaking engagements or develop content (blog) to help others in the industry learn from your expertise on the matter.

A large percentage of college graduates find themselves graduating into poverty, and moving back home with their parents in horrified disbelief that they are still eating Ramen noodles and cannot find a job that requires a high school diploma, let alone a college degree. One of the main reasons students experience this unfortunate introduction to the real world is because they are among the millions of generic college graduates who have done little or nothing to distinguish themselves during the “Dash Period”—the time they have between freshman and senior year to brand themselves. Through this signature work, Michael D. Brown has prevented thousands of students from graduating into poverty by helping them develop thriving and competitive personal brands that are empowered and equipped to achieve exponential personal and professional success.

Negative Experiences


Why are you so frustrated with negative experiences?

The most significant lessons you will learn in 2016 will erupt from the negative experiences and “bad” decisions you will make. There is no better teacher than experience and time. Learning from the mistakes and failures you made is essential in order to prevent yourself from repeating them. This will help you in developing wisdom and better decision making abilities. Unfortunately, there are many who fail to learn from their failures and mistakes – instead start dwelling on them and become frustrated. This is a proven recipe for you becoming derailed, lose sight of you goals and limit your success.

When faced with a negative experience, it is unwise to waste away your time dwelling on it as this only results in formation of negative thoughts which serve as a barrier in your journey to success. Negative thoughts discourage you from reaching your goals. It only leads you to lose confidence in yourself and damaging your personal brand. This is the reason you need to omit the negativity from your life. What is done is done. Learn from it and move on. There is so much good waiting for you ahead.

In 2016 it is critical that you banish out the negativity if you hope to build or enhance your competitive and winning personal brand. Omitting the negative does not happen by itself, you will need to make some effort to truly banish negativity from your life.


6.5 Fresh Steps to successfully dealing with negativity


The way in which you handle the negative aspects that come in your life is critical in accomplishing success. Here are 6.5 proven steps to accelerate your journey toward a negative free life:

  • Step 1 – Face the pain which comes in the way of your success but don’t let it consume you
  • Step 2 – Enjoy the pleasures life brings you but remember you can have too much of a good thing
  • Step 3 – Strive to be your best, but don’t let the pressures cloud you over and understand that you are human and bound to face hurdles and failures.
  • Step 4 – Learn to identify persecution in order to avoid it instead of succumbing to it
  • Step 5 – Placate yourself to be mentally prepared for negativity that comes your way
  • Step 6 – Preserve yourself through any negativity you face
  • Step 6.5 – Make it real and make it fresh by maintaining your commitment to omitting the negative from your life. Do just try this out for a week and revert to your old ways.

Negative experiences and negative thoughts have the power to cancel out the materialization of your goals if you let it. This will hinder all your efforts to reach your goals and to create a strong personal brand. Not learning from the negativity that comes in your life will prevent you from growing, limiting you from any potential skill development. Negative thinking is definitely more prevalent as compared to positive thinking. Positive thinking requires more effort since it involves facing your fears and stepping into the unknown while on the other hand it is easy to start believing that you aren’t capable enough to reach your ultimate goal, especially when you have experienced a hurdle or a failure.

PLEASE understand that failure and all the negativity you will face in your life is only lessons waiting to be learned. Stop dwelling on them and stop letting them consume you or else you will lose sight of your goals and your brand will suffer.


Tuesday Thought

Got 10 seconds? Feed your mind this nutritious thought and experience the exponential growth.

Tuesday Thought

Got 10 seconds? Feed your mind this nutritious thought and experience the exponential growth.

Tuesday Thought

Got 10 seconds? Feed your mind this nutritious thought and experience the exponential growth. 

Got 10 seconds? Feed your mind this nutritious thought and experience the exponential growth.

Tuesday Thought

Got 10 seconds? Feed your mind this nutritious thought and experience the exponential growth.


  1. Volunteer. While you’re trying to attract paying job offers, show off your abilities and help a worthy cause by volunteering. Participating in volunteer activities is a great form of networking, and someone on a volunteer board who is impressed by your efforts just may have a job opening they haven’t publicized. Plus let’s be honest, you should do at least a little volunteering anyway!
  2. Participate in professional organizations. Almost any profession has one and probably many professional organizations associated with it. These organizations usually have meetings, events, committees and other efforts that allow you to connect and work side-by-side with other professionals in your chosen field. Separate from more general networking and volunteering efforts, involvement in professional organizations is a critical step toward letting prime potential decision makers (with high paying job offers) know who you are and how much value you offer.
  3. Ask for references. You know the old piece of advice, “If you want something, ask for it?” It’s old because it always has been and always will be true. No matter how great a job you do for someone, they are not likely to tell other people about it unless you politely ask them to do so. Keep in mind that conversely, people love to immediately spread the word when someone does a poor job.

6.5 Stay active. This last fresh “half-step” is a simple reminder that attracting high paying job offers in a recession requires constant energy and activity. You cannot slack or make a half-hearted effort. Staying active in your efforts is the key to making sure your other six steps pay off. Think of it like following through on a baseball swing – no matter how well you swing the bat or connect with the ball, failing to follow through will result in a single or even pop fly instead of a home run!