I’ve been running various business projects since I was 12 years old when no one would sell me a newspaper round, I decided to defy the odds and build my own by going door to door and speaking to people. How did I become so bold? I truly don’t know. I guess in some way it was always in me. I would talk to anyone on a train when I was young and make friends wherever I went. As a sick kid, there were lots of times where I missed out in school and as a result, I became an easy target for some hurt kids to pick on. I got bullied from the age of 7 till I was around 17 years old, but that’s not why I’m writing this post for you all today.
I’m writing it off the back of preparing for a meeting with a client before work this morning where I get to help walk them through brand marketing 101. It’s ironic because I’ve often been told by recruiters or professionals that I didn’t qualify for brand manager positions yet I’ve come to realise I am overqualified for this position. I have not run a brand manager position for Pepsi or Coke, but company culture is something that is learned through experience and not through skill. And yet we create these structures in a way that in my mind keeps us imprisoned to the idea that we are paid for the value we bring. Whilst I get where that comes from, what if we have more value to bring than is first perceived?
I am finding a new layer of confidence in my ability and experience a good 25 years later than perhaps required. Truth be told I had managed to conform and convince myself that all the things I’m passionate about that the world told me was too big a dream or I didn’t qualify for are now coming true as I grow into being comfortable in myself and become the person I deep down desired to be. That for me is a marker of success for me. Not that I have arrived, but that I am on my way, hopefully, to becoming a better me.
I wonder what you would describe as success? It’s a question a very good therapist I know asked me once and for the longest time that was the hardest question for me to answer. I’m not even sure I’ve arrived yet at one, but I have an idea of where I’m and where I’m going that I’d love to share with you and I hope in some way brings value and encouragement to you on your journey of self-discovery.
For me, success is becoming the person we have always wanted or known ourselves to be. Success is talking ourselves out of being boxed into the idea that suits those around us, to avoid sticking your head above the crowd in fear of being beaten down for being true to our passions, our skills, our dreams and desires for a better outcome of life.
Being a writer, artist and entrepreneur is something I’ve known about myself for the longest time, but coming to terms with that is a very recent thing that has resulted in me being able to talk and share about this journey. I’m hoping that over the next few weeks as I’ve rediscovered my passion for blogging and creating content that is true to me, I can share more of the behind the scenes lessons I have gleaned from over the past 35 years.
As I reflect on my own brand ahead of this session, I think about how my heart is that you find my business ventures as fun, leadership, passion with a commitment to providing value through customer commitment and quality products. Speaking of which, I’m so excited to have updated my website and incorporated links to my online shop, YouTube channel, and Patreon.
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