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6 Tips for Personal Branding

6 Tips for Personal Branding

Personal branding essentially is how others view you. It is their impression of who you are. It is the image you portray to the world, especially the business world. Get used to hearing about it now because it will only grow in importance. It matters.

How can you begin to get noticed? If you want to move up that corporate ladder, land a better job, or just make a name for yourself, personal branding needs to be something you focus on. How others think of you is key in business. It could mean that you get the sale versus someone else, that you are looked at for that new position over someone else, or that you end up with a leg up on the competition.

The antithesis is also true. If others do not think of you at all in your business world, that is not good. They will not consider you for the promotion, you may not land that account, and your new business idea may flounder instead of prosper.

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Spending time on social media is no longer an option, it is becoming a necessity. You must update your social media regularly. This does not necessarily mean daily, but you must update it with your own personal goals in mind. Every picture posted of you is important. Every phrase is important. Every step in this process is important. It takes time. You cannot simply throw caution to the wind where your image is concerned. Here are a few ideas for you to consider when looking at your own personal brand.

1. Facebook: Don’t just hit the “Like” or “Laugh” emoji.

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    Use Facebook to your advantage, especially since HR Reps will look at this when hiring. Watch what pictures are there of you and how you are portrayed. You can alter your privacy settings to change who can see your photos — if you don’t currently do this, I suggest you start. Also, privately message people you know you need to stay in contact with. This can just be a small note from time to time. Keep your contacts informed so they don’t forget about you. Finally, watch what you share with others. Every share has a message that others will attach to you.

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    2. LinkedIn: Connect with others.

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      Use LinkedIn to connect with others you may have never had the opportunity to connect with. Connect with those in your line of work. Message professionals with experience and expertise to get their career advice. Many times, they are more than willing to share and help out. Also, any blogging or writing you do can be posted here too!

      3. Twitter: It’s not just for celebrities.

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        As you gather a following, others will take notice of what you are doing and saying as well as your interests. They will see who you follow as your influencers as well. Remember to keep this in mind constantly!

        4. Blogging: Set up a blog and get noticed professionally.

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          Get your name out there in your chosen field. It usually takes time to get going and get a following. I just recently started blogging myself. Give yourself a reasonable goal of one post per week or every two weeks. Remember to link your blog with your other accounts.

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          5. Write: Write about topics in your chosen field and get published.

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            Relevant articles that you write can be included in your resume. Again, link them to your other accounts.

            6. Website: Get a personal website.

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              This is for those really trying to get out there and be noticed. Again, it takes up time to focus on but can be worth it! A personal website (where you can also host your blog) can be the perfect place to put your personal image on display.

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              Last Updated on August 12, 2019

              13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

              13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do

              Mentally strong people have healthy habits. They manage their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in ways that set them up for success in life.

              Take a look at these 13 things that mentally strong people don’t do so that you too can become mentally stronger.

              1. They Don’t Waste Time Feeling Sorry for Themselves

              Mentally strong people don’t sit around feeling sorry about their circumstances or how others have treated them. Instead, they take responsibility for their role in life and understand that life isn’t always easy or fair.

              2. They Don’t Give Away Their Power

              They don’t allow others to control them, and they don’t give someone else power over them. They don’t say things like, “My boss makes me feel bad,” because they understand that they are in control over their own emotions and they have a choice in how they respond.

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              3. They Don’t Shy Away from Change

              Mentally strong people don’t try to avoid change. Instead, they welcome positive change and are willing to be flexible. They understand that change is inevitable and believe in their abilities to adapt.

              4. They Don’t Waste Energy on Things They Can’t Control

              You won’t hear a mentally strong person complaining over lost luggage or traffic jams. Instead, they focus on what they can control in their lives. They recognize that sometimes, the only thing they can control is their attitude.

              5. They Don’t Worry About Pleasing Everyone

              Mentally strong people recognize that they don’t need to please everyone all the time. They’re not afraid to say no or speak up when necessary. They strive to be kind and fair, but can handle other people being upset if they didn’t make them happy.

              6. They Don’t Fear Taking Calculated Risks

              They don’t take reckless or foolish risks, but don’t mind taking calculated risks. Mentally strong people spend time weighing the risks and benefits before making a big decision, and they’re fully informed of the potential downsides before they take action.

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              7. They Don’t Dwell on the Past

              Mentally strong people don’t waste time dwelling on the past and wishing things could be different. They acknowledge their past and can say what they’ve learned from it.

              However, they don’t constantly relive bad experiences or fantasize about the glory days. Instead, they live for the present and plan for the future.

              8. They Don’t Make the Same Mistakes Over and Over

              Mentally strong people accept responsibility for their behavior and learn from their past mistakes. As a result, they don’t keep repeating those mistakes over and over. Instead, they move on and make better decisions in the future.

              9. They Don’t Resent Other People’s Success

              Mentally strong people can appreciate and celebrate other people’s success in life. They don’t grow jealous or feel cheated when others surpass them. Instead, they recognize that success comes with hard work, and they are willing to work hard for their own chance at success.

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              10. They Don’t Give Up After the First Failure

              Mentally strong people don’t view failure as a reason to give up. Instead, they use failure as an opportunity to grow and improve. They are willing to keep trying until they get it right.

              11. They Don’t Fear Alone Time

              Mentally strong people can tolerate being alone and they don’t fear silence. They aren’t afraid to be alone with their thoughts and they can use downtime to be productive.

              They enjoy their own company and aren’t dependent on others for companionship and entertainment all the time but instead can be happy alone.

              12. They Don’t Feel the World Owes Them Anything

              Mentally strong people don’t feel entitled to things in life. They weren’t born with a mentality that others would take care of them or that the world must give them something. Instead, they look for opportunities based on their own merits.

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              13. They Don’t Expect Immediate Results

              Whether they are working on improving their health or getting a new business off the ground, mentally strong people don’t expect immediate results. Instead, they apply their skills and time to the best of their ability and understand that real change takes time.

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