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Make The Right People Angry!

August 25th, 2009

Every yes, is a no to someone else. The problem is that for many of us, this never crosses our minds. Our boss asks us to stay late at the office for something pressing and we quickly respond with a yes, not thinking about the fact that we just told our family no. We're working on an important report that needs to be completed today when we hear our email alert go off. We open our laptop and take a peek at our inbox, the email is marked urgent! We drop the report and say yes to the email. We walk outside to go for a jog when our neighbor spots us across the lawn and hollers our name. It's been awhile since we've chatted so we proceed to do just that for the next 45 minutes, effectively saying no to our new workout routine.

Sometimes we think we can get through life saying yes to everyone. We hate the idea of letting people down so whoever is currently asking us for time or energy gets whatever they want, which gives us the illusion that we never say no. This is bull. The reality is that we're saying no all the time, and even worse than that we're lettings ourselves be bullied by the urgent and missing what's most important. The key is to know your priorities and choose those each and every day.

Photo Credit: Ferran.

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Empty Yourself

August 17th, 2009

Have you ever taken an entire day to “veg out”? I'm not talking about a day where you rested a bit, I'm talking about a day where you acted like a literal vegetable all day? Perhaps you watched the entire Lord of The Rings trilogy, slept the day away, or completed season 1 of Lost. How did you feel at the end of the day? Personally, I usually feel pretty crappy at the end of these 12 hour extravaganzas. It's almost like I rest so much that I exhaust myself.

I think we begin the day with a certain amount of creative capacity, and our only job each day is to get that out of us. If you're passionate about writing then you need to sit down and write, if you love sales then you won't feel settled until you've called a potential client, if you're a developer then the only way you'll be happy is to hammer out a few divs. The weekends are no exception either because our creative capacity doesn't take a day off. (I suggest doing something different on the weekends because mental rejuvenation is important, but you still need to create).

We were born to create, to try new things, to stretch ourselves just a bit each day. It can be difficult though because part of us just wants to just sit on our butts and do nothing. A part of us seems to think, “the less I do the more happy I'll be!” Trust me, that's a lie. For the sake of your own happiness leave nothing uncreated, empty yourself each day.

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Me 2.0 Explained

November 17th, 2008

Enlightening birds eye view of personal branding in this presentation by Dan Schawbel.  He covers the four parts of everyone's personal brand: discover, create, communicate, and maintain, then gives some really practical tools for implementing each of these things in your life. Read the rest of this entry »

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11 Brilliant Resources to Help You Get Started With Personal Branding

October 31st, 2008

The personal branding space is really starting to heat up and so I thought it might be helpful to provide a list of influential people and helpful tools to obtain knowledge and tips for developing your personal brand. (Listed in no particular order) Read the rest of this entry »

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Gary Vaynerchuk on Passion and Personal Branding

October 22nd, 2008

We just caught Gary Vaynerchuk's keynote speech from the Web 2.0 Expo and it's incredible.  For those of you who don't know him, Gary Vaynerchuk is best described as someone who acts like he's experienced a near-death encounter…although to my knowledge, this has never occurred. Read the rest of this entry »

Standing out of the crowd

Rob Cuesta On Personal Branding

October 21st, 2008

a href=””>Rob Cuesta is an expert on personal branding.  In his video he has some great insights into what exactly personal branding is, how personal branding helps you focus on your strengths, and the relationship between the personal and corporate brands.  You can also check out Rob's Blog


Don't Skip the Soft Stuff

October 15th, 2008

In the world of business it's easy to stick to the 'hard' areas, the places we understand and seem to easily control, like balance sheets, flow charts, and job descriptions, yet we end up ignoring the 'soft' stuff like relationships, values, and emotions.  Like Joe Friday in the hit show, Dragnet we only want the facts Ma'm.  I'm not going to do is overreact and say “those hard areas don't matter at all” – they do. Read the rest of this entry »

What's in a (Domain) Name Anyway?

October 14th, 2008

My driving routine has shifted somewhat as I find myself increasingly more captivated by talk radio as opposed to music. Specifically, I've taken an interest in an outspoken independent political channel on Sirius called IndieTalk. Woven into each of the shows is a rather progressive segment entitled “Blog Updates” which consist of intriging headlines that have been assembled from the top political blogs around the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Your Brand Becomes Your Name Becomes Your Brand

October 13th, 2008

The web-based proliferation of the buzz-phrase that is “Personal Branding” goes far beyond the HuhCorp-ish hilarity of just another “eCliche,” and in my opinion steps well into the realms of life, business, and the expression of your professional self.

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You're Unique – Just Like Everybody Else

October 6th, 2008

Before Nectar was even a twinkle in its fathers' eyes, I was sitting in a meeting at my previous job, listening to them discuss the barriers that face people who really want to express themselves on the internet, but lack the technical skills to make it happen. And I briefly thought to myself, “Whoever figures out how to close that gap is going to rule the internet.” Read the rest of this entry »