While staying at a New York hotel this past weekend, I noticed that the business branding included the phrase enjoy the journey. To me, this seemed like very wise advice. For a hotel. And, for a human being, too!
When it comes to creating or fixing your own personal brand, you will be wise to understand that this process is, indeed, a journey (not a destination) that you may as well enjoy because you likely will be involved in it for an extended period of time.
We have all read or heard about the so-called overnight sensation, but when it comes to solidifying your own personal brand, it is best to expect that your journey from no personal brand to one who has a well-conceived personal brand will take time, resources, and energy.
If you are reading this while in the process of finding a new job, you already know that in this economy, those who are prepared for an extended period of searching are those who are ahead of everyone else. The same is true for transitioning from no personal brand to someone with a well-conceived personal brand.
Since this process involves multiple steps to get from no personal brand to your desired outcome, I urge you to reasonably expect to need ample time to bring all the elements together.
If you are facing the need to create or fix your personal brand during a search for a new job, I want to emphasize how important it is to define your own personal attitude in such a way that you are the most positive and open minded as possible. If you are involved in a job search and a remaking of your personal brand at the same time and this can make anyone feel frustrated or angry or sad. This is normal. But, if you want to transition to what’s coming next in your life (a new personal brand and a new job), your attitude must be as positive and accepting of changes in your life as possible.
As I write this today (Sunday, August 19, 2012), I am beginning a new journey. I am relocating during the next few days from the Washington, DC area to Las Vegas, Nevada to respond in a positive way to the many changes I have experienced from far-reaching economic changes throughout our country.
In the weeks to come, I will share the experiences I have on this journey of some 2,500 miles from the Eastern to the Pacific Time Zone. What I learn from this journey I will share with you here to help you benefit from my personal and professional lessons learned as someone who has created a new personal brand for himself.
Is it easy to pull off relocation across our country? No, not at all! But, through all the muscle strain from packing and then lifting many boxes, I have learned to enjoy the journey. If I felt frustrated or angry or sad about this transition, the process would be unbearable. So, I am taking the advice that I learned from the New York hotel and I have learned to enjoy the journey.