So, why is forgiveness a powerful elixir and great brand credibility builder? It is an elixir because it frees us from the burden of hate and anger. As Buddha so poignantly put it, hatred and anger are our burdens alone. When we forgive we release this poison.
I will be the first to say that I have had my fair share of adversity and hated every moment of it. But, I am proud to say I fought through my challenges and I am certainly stronger, wiser and better for having gone through them.
I cannot tell you how many times I have gone to networking functions and listened to other professionals drone on about what they do, having no idea just how much they are NOT connecting with their audience. And the worst offenders are frequently the most economically successful person in the room.
Only one time in my life that I didn’t, and I got creamed. I am not saying that every time I trust my instincts I am right, proven out or I win. This is certainly not the case. But, I do know this. When I do trust my instincts, I put myself in the best chance to win.
Cam Newton’s dumb comment about a woman reporter who asked about receiver routes in a recent press conference is a case in point. Was it foolish? Yes. Insensitive? Yes. Does it mean he thinks women are lesser than men? I doubt it.
I wonder how many of us who take steps to protect against our identities being stolen are as intentional when it comes to protecting our personal brands? There are two very critical absolutes when it comes to protecting our personal brands:
I must say that I am amazed at how many people are afraid to speak up against popular opinion for fear of standing alone. Standing alone is not easy, but it is important if you want to be somebody special.
There are three reasons why personal brand excellence is not optional if we hope to compete in today’s competitive marketplace.
I wish I could claim this quote for my own, but I can’t. Sales Training guru Brain Tracy said it. But it is so true, especially when it comes to personal branding.
Went to the New York Football Giants Training Camp with my boys while on vacation. Amazing Day! The highlight for the boys was the autograph session. For me too. Two reasons: (1) The joy a parent experiences seeing their children at their happiest and (2) Seeing superstars who get it.