The Japanese have a saying for finding the source of value in your life.
“Iki” means life and “gai” means alive and it's the thing that makes your life worthwhile.
Many also refer to Ikigai as living a blissful life, doing what you love or giving you reason to wake up in the morning.
It’s the meaning to your life.
Roughly translated into English it means “finding your purpose” and I believe it’s the foundation of your personal brand.
A man walks over to the piano player in a bar and says “do you know your monkey stole my beer?” The pianist replies “No, but if you hum it, I’ll play it” (boom, tish).
This line was once used in a famous PG Tips advert, with monkeys as removalists, and it got me thinking about one of our most vital senses that can enhance personal branding…
The sound of your brand.
Personal Branding Specialist Lauren Clemett was recently awarded as Entrepreneur Of The Year in New York. She shares her story of success to help you rocket launch you, your brand and your business to become well known, well paid and wanted.
"It was an honour and privilege to share the stage with so many amazing business women from all over the World"
Here are some personal branding lessons to help you be a success...
Have you ever won a business award?
Perhaps you’ve thought about it?
Maybe you think awards like this a just a big ego trip?
I believe an award is a great way to boost your personal brand.
Not only is it evidence that an independent panel of judges considers what you are doing is pretty darn good, it also gives you an increased sense of value and self belief.
Being an entrepreneur or running a business is often a hard, lonely road. Being recognised for doing something well can be all it takes to rocket your expectations of what’s really possible.
We recently added a new service to the Personal branding Programs we run, that includes how to enter win and leverage awards to boost you, your brand and your business.
I am a national and international award winning and an awards judge and I teamed up with Publicity genie Annette Densham who is a multi-national and international award winner and awards judge for over 5 years to create the Award Winning Accelerator.
Here are the top 14 Award Winning Tips we created from the comments of award winners at the Award Winning Lunch and on the Award Winning Adventure to collect our Women In Business Stevie Awards in New York…
Award Winning Tip 1: WIN!
Winning awards is all about preparation, planning and understanding the process. To have the best chance of. Not just entering but winning an award it’s vital you read the entry and take note of the expectations and requirements, consider what the judges want and don't leave it too late. The real win when you enter awards, is that you get the opportunity to review your progress, your journey and what you have achieved. Your entry then becomes a business plan, grant application, or template to enter more awards. It can also become part of your brand story, so make sure you put in the effort and put your best foot forward.
“I didn’t think I’d have any chance with one award and I ‘ummed and aahed” for weeks. Then with just a few hours to spare, I decided to submit an entry. I was successful but it was incredibly stressful and I don’t recommend you do it that way.” Trish Springsteen
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I recently crewed on a yacht called Cyclone for the final races of the Winter Series 2017. I was given the position of trimming the headsail.
A place I really love to be, as the headsail gives the boat lift and can be the main power driver for the boat at critical times.
It's also a high action, adrenalin position because you are most active during tacking (changing direction), and if you stuff it up, you can stop the boat and be dead in the water.
If you know me, you know why I love this place of pressure!
But something happened that day that taught me a BIG lesson about my personal brand...