For many, their personal branding was set early in life, and they work it – fearlessly. Think Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg, Arianna Huffington, Jeff Bezos. The most popular, affable, trendy – not all- in fact, far from. What they all do is walk their path with their personal branding held high in the air. So how do you develop a successful personal brand and learn from the habits of entrepreneurs?
How do you build a strong sense of self? How do you truly learn to live beyond the restrictions of others? Let’s take a look at the top 4 habits of the most successful entrepreneurs.
Failure is a catalyst for more: One of the biggest reasons that we cannot get enough of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs is because when you read their life story, their path to success is littered with spectacular failures. Think Steve Jobs- he actually got sacked from his own company. The difference is that the most successful entrepreneurs do not fail and stop, stutter or retreat with their tail between their legs. Instead, they take the learning from the experience and make the next move a level up from the failure.
A hidey-hole: We are conditioned to think that we must be on at all times. With people, doing things, having F U N! The truth is, to live a life with meaning and purpose you have to recognise that you need time to yourself to think, reflect and renew. Not a quiet moment on the train, or a moment’s peace on the way to a meeting.
You have to find your own dedicated special place that you can retreat to, on your own. Bill Gates has a rocking chair, Oprah Hawaii, others have sheds, shepherd’s huts, window seats. Somewhere where you can pause, rest and reflect on where you are, what you need and what you want to do next.
Solitude: Although it may sound miserable at first. There comes a time in everyone’s life when you realise that you have to walk your own path – with purpose. Regrets, disappointments, anxiety all come from the litter that clutters our path. The voices, expectations, instructions. What the most successful entrepreneurs do early on, is to push the litter to one side and walk that path – purposefully and on their own. Think Mark Zuckerberg.
Success does not come easily, and everyone will not understand the changes that you want to make as you build your personal branding. You have to keep going – on your own, regardless, maybe with the help of an inspirational personal branding consultant London or some transformational coaching to keep you going.
Follow the lightbulb: We all have lightbulb moments, but for most of us, they are fleeting wonders. For the most successful entrepreneurs, they were more than a moment, a flicker of something from nothing, a glimpse of what could be. A second that they paused, held and shaped into something special. Why don’t we all? Courage.
Something different, is just that – something new. There is no signpost – it is undefined. Take Oprah Winfrey’s personal brand. I once spent hours scouring google to get to the bottom of her core beliefs – you can’t. Why? She has created her own unique brand. Her own perception of herself, others, spirit, love, difference – completely and authentically hers. We can learn so much from the habits of entrepreneurs we admire.