One of my heroes, author Dr. Brené Brown, talks about "Daring Greatly." And like many of my clients and colleagues, I did.
Years ago I started a part-time career service. A passion for building my skills and business kept me hurdling over courage challenges that scared the ___ out of me. That was daring greatly.
In 2004, after I became one of the first Certified Personal Brand Strategists, my mentor William Arruda encouraged me to niche my practice to clients whom I respected for their vision and values. I gulped and dared greatly.
No sharks or suits! Almost immediately gutsy, fun, ethical execs became my clients. I did the daring greatly happy dance!
Fast-forward to now; I'm grateful and humbled to be considered a leading voice in personal branding and career communications innovation—and I'm collaborating with inspiring colleagues who make a difference to their clients and their world.
Together, we strategize communications excellence for personal brands and LinkedIn visibility. We make work easier and more profitable—without losing voice or values. And we have fun!
I love sharing innovative new concepts, whether consulting with colleagues on their projects; delivering keynotes; or facilitating personal branding workshops and social branding analyst training. And I'm still gulping and daring greatly!
Brené Brown says, "Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen." Seems to me, you can't have personal and career happiness without it.
So let's get real and get gutsy!
Some of my "I got gutsy" milestones:
Certifications in master-level personal branding & social branding, coaching, career comm | Author: Ditch. Dare. Do! & The Twitter Job Search Guide | Recipient: Dick Bolles' Parachute Award for Innovation | Quoted: CNN, NY Times, WSJ, 30+ career books