What is Personal Branding? – 01.13.2020

Personal Branding
What is Personal Branding?

Firstly, happy 2020 Millennial King!

I am incredibly grateful for 2019, another year and of course your visit to my blog post!

Now, I was exposed to personal branding about 2 years ago because I thought it was a huge thing on Instagram with beauty gurus and influencers. I bought a virtual course on it and want to share 3 takeaways from that session.

1. Discover Who You Are

Ask yourself what you are most passionate about.

What purpose do you stand for? How do you keep yourself accountable for sharing that purpose to others?

What have you accomplished so far?
What tangible things have you created for yourself that may be meaningful to others?

2. Understand The Problem You Solve to Your Market

This section is where you will ask the most tough questions because you are putting yourself in the very shoes of your ideal customer.
You have to sit and map out the who, what, where is your ideal market questions. Think about how they would like for you to show up as someone they can invest in, in order to solve this specific issue.

Also know that this advice is not the kind that you must do years of trainings to complete. This can simply be a packaged product or service that others already come to you for.

You don’t have to know everything, you just have to be 3 or 4 steps ahead of your market to leave a positive impact in your customers journey.

3. Design Your Intention

The fun and exciting part!

How will you design the space to welcome your market? What kinds of colours do they like to see? Perhaps a little research on the meaning of colours would spark a theme idea!

Lastly, do not overthink your personal brand discovery. The point of personal branding is for your audience to see your growth. We all start somewhere and life is a journey that never gets “finished” for a lack of a better word.

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Tenika Francis


5 Free Ways to Become Wealthy – 11.18.2019

5 Free Ways to Become Wealthy

The real measure of your wealth is how much you would be worth if you lost all your money.

Start building real wealth today by doing the following:

  1. Make up your mind to be happy. – Nobody can take away your pain, so don’t let anyone take away your happiness. If you want to be sad, no one in the world can make you happy. But if you make up your mind to be happy, no one and nothing on earth can take that happiness from you.
  2. Cherish your present moment. – Sometimes people are beautiful, not in looks, not in what they say, just in who they are and what they do. Remember, you will never fully appreciate all of the things someone does for you until you find yourself doing the same things for yourself. So be grateful for the people who make your life a little brighter. They are the charming gardeners who help your soul blossom.
  3. Focus on the abundance surrounding you. – With everything that has happened to you, you can either feel sorry for yourself or treat what has happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose. No matter how far you have traveled or how many failures you have encountered, hope and positivity can still meet you anywhere.
  4. Work through your failures. – Success is not a skill; it is a persistent attitude. The difference in winning and losing is, most often, the simple act of not quitting. Before you quit, think of the reason why you held on so long, and all the progress you have made. The reason so many people give up too early is because they tend to look at how far they still have to go, instead of how far they have come. Don’t let your fears make your decisions anymore. – Have faith that the universe has a plan for you, and it’s all being revealed in the right timeframe. Something you will eventually learn through all your ups and downs is that there are really no wrong decisions in life, just choices that will take your life down a totally different path. So take chances, follow your intuition, and allow yourself more moments of awe, wonder, inspiration and grace.
  5. Stand up for yourself. – Don’t let the people who do so little for you, control so much of your feelings and emotions. Never cry for those who don’t know the value of your tears. Stand your ground. It is better to let them walk away from you than all over you.

P.S. This post was a remake of the post right here that I created back in July which you all seemed to enjoy. Let me know what makes you wealthy. Wealth is an expectation of abundance. A mindset that can be shifted towards wealth with good abundance practices.

I still would like for you to ask yourself: What do I have that money can’t buy? And if you sense that you are grateful for that piece of something(s), gratitude is the best way to attract even more it!

Article Source: MMM email via former colleague

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Tenika Francis

Personal Accountability – 08.26.2019

Personal Accountability

by John Miller

4 Words: Which One Best Describes … You?

A little FYI before you read.  QBQ stands for Question Behind the Question – an equation for personal accountability that states you always start with a question that begins with What or How, look to yourself “I” and then take action.   IE…What can I do to make this situation better? This is a personally accountable question vs looking to other people.  Ok, continue reading!

During the process of hiring me to speak at his banking institution’s August event in Minneapolis, my client shared this: 

“John, I know your QBQ! message of personal accountability is perfect for our organization because so much comes down to one’s personal brand.”  

When I asked Pat (an executive who saw me speak in 2012) to expand, he offered this scenario: 

Pat had just coached a staff member that morning to understand that when he interacts with anyone—not just colleagues, but people outside the organization, too—there are two things to keep in mind:

1. You are an ambassador for this organization and its brand to all people at all times.

2. You are building your own brand.

I imagine the coaching of the “underling” might’ve gone like this: 

Your reputation is your personal brand. Do you want the word to get around, for example, that you’re difficult to work with, not service-minded, don’t respond to people, and care little about the team’s goals? Or, would you prefer to have the reputation of being a collaborative, responsible, team player who can always be counted on?

I hope the young staff member didn’t say, “Hmm, let me think about that.” 🙂

Pat’s fundamental message: 

  • Every person has a personal brand.
  • Every person is accountable for that brand.

Every individual is accountable for his or her own brand. What are YOU known for?

In considering your current brand at work, which of these key adjectives would you assign to … you?

  1. Outstanding
  2. Good
  3. Mediocre
  4. Lousy

Remember, the brand that I am—and the brand that I am becoming—is a result of my choices. To be outstanding, I must choose to ask The Question Behind the Question“What can do to enhance my brand?”

Now that’s a question worth asking—today!

Article Source: MMM email via former colleague, Authored by: John Miller

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Happy Monday!
Tenika Francis

Tuesday Food for Thought – 08.06.2019

DANGER OF THE FINISH LINE

By Gretchen Rubin (author of the Happiness Project)

As I’ve mentioned many times before, I’m hard at work on a book about how we make and break habits. This masterpiece will hit the shelves in 2015.

One thing that took me a long time to realize, in the study of habits: the danger of finish lines. Setting a finish line does indeed help people reach a goal, but although it’s widely assumed to help habit-formation, the reward of hitting a specific goal actually canundermine habits. A finish line marks a stopping point, and once we stop, we must start over, andstarting over is harder than starting.

The more dramatic the goal, the more decisive the end—and the more effort required to start over. By providing a specific goal, a temporary motivation, and requiring a new “start” once reached, hitting a milestone may interfere with habit-formation. Also, once we decide that we’ve achieved success, we tend to stop moving forward. Even an intermediate finish line can interfere with good habits.  In a letter, novelist Kurt Vonnegut advised his son Mark:

“I have seen a lot of writers stop writing or at least slow down after getting an advance. They have a feeling of completion after making a deal. That’s bad news creatively…I advise you to carry on without an advance, without that false feeling of completion.”

Have you ever found that hitting a finish line meant that you stopped do something, even though you’d been doing it successfully to that point? That you thought you’d been forging a habit, but it turned out not to be?

Article Source: MMM email via former colleague Gretchen Rubin (author of the Happiness Project)

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Tenika Francis