Lessons Learned From Chadwick…

If PERSEVERANCE was a person it would be the late great Chadwick Boseman. He was the exact definition of  perseverance which is the ability to keep doing something in spite of obstacles. Therefore, people who persevere show steadfastness in doing something despite how hard it may be. 

Although I did not personally know Chadwick, I knew that he was an outstanding actor who loved his career. He persevered through his health challenges and produced great movies that all of us have the pleasure to see.  I’m sure being in the public eye, playing iconic characters on screen, and having health challenges could not have been easy but since he loved his career I’m sure he would say it was worth it!

His legacy will live on forever because he has made such an impact in our world. The top 3 essential career related things I learned from him are as follows:

1. LOVE what you do in your profession so you can be happy on a regular basis.

2. Whatever you do in your profession, do it with grace and excellence

3.  Despite what obstacles you may face in your profession, persevere through them because you are  VICTORIOUS and were made to WIN!!!

I want to encourage you to apply what I learned from him in your profession! Additionally, stay focus on the good and the positive things as you journey through your career.  Focusing on the negative just causes stress and brings your happiness levels all the way down. I say this time and time again so I’ll say it again, life is too short to be unhappy within your career and do nothing about it. So will YOU do something about it???

If YOU are ready to do something about it simply book a YOU Brand Consult at this link: http://bit.ly/YouBrandConsult


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Career Lesson from Disney On Ice! Are YOU an Olaf?!?!

As an adult you should always be learning whether it’s from watching a television show, going to a play or even Disney on Ice! This was my first time at Disney on Ice and I absolutely enjoyed it! The theme was entitled “Dare to Dream” therefore each scene in show discussed a character that had to overcome a challenge in order to reach their dreams.  There were so many life/career lessons to be learned from the show and I wanted to share my favorite with you. So ENJOY!!!!

Are you an Olaf???

For those of you not familiar with Olaf, he’s a snowman character in the famous Disney movie “Frozen”.  He is the character I related with the most! His story is the classic faith over facts scenario! You see Olaf, a SNOWMAN, dreamed of one day experiencing summer. He loved the idea of summer, sun, and all things HOT! In the show he sung a song entitled, ‘In Summer’, which described all the things Olaf dreamed of doing when he got the chance to experience summer.

Now let’s pause and talk about this before I go any further. We ALL are probably thinking Olaf is crazy to even think his dream of experiencing summer will come true! For goodness sake he’s a snowman built out of what..you guessed it SNOW! And snow has to stay in cold weather or a cold environment if it doesn’t want to melt and become a puddle of water (I know you get it but I’m just trying to make a point)! BUT Olaf being the big dreamer he was never even thought about the mere fact he was made of snow and would melt if he was to experience anything like summer.  Instead Olaf had faith and hope that he would thrive and be all that he can be in the summer! #FaithOverFacts

Do YOU see yourself in Olaf??? I sure do! Often times we have dreams  for our career or just life that are so big that it seems impossible to even touch or reach. We have dreams so big it may sound crazy to say or even tell someone and they may look at you like ‘are YOU serious?’…’Nooo not you’…or ‘that’s impossible, maybe in another lifetime’. You may get discouraged from their words or you may not but in the back your mind you’re probably going to be thinking why not me in this lifetime! Remember what’s impossible to others can be possible for you if you continue to believe in yourself, work hard, and consistently give it your all! Never mind the naysayers and do YOU unapologetically!

Moving forward with the story, Olaf was sharing his dreams of experiencing summer with Kristoff and Princess Anna when they were in the cold wintery woods. While listening to Olaf discuss his dream of experiencing summer, Kristoff could not believe what he was hearing from the snowman. At the end of the song Kristoff stated ‘I’m going to tell him’. OR in other words Kristoff was going to crush Olaf’s dreams of experiencing summer by telling him you will melt if you experience the hot weather. In this moment…we call Kristoff the dream crusher/naysayers. He symbolizes the folks that don’t believe in your dreams which I know all of us have.

But how do you deal with that?? My top 3 ways are as follows: 1.) Just continue to stay focus on your goals, mission, and purpose that you’re called to fulfill. 2.) Remain faithful and develop daily affirmations for yourself (The Affirmation Alphabets  will help you out in developing your daily affirmations). 3.) Constantly take steps to improve your personal brand and strategically enhance your network (those that support you and even your dream crushers will slowly but surely figure out who you are and what you’re all about).

Moving on…Thank goodness for Princess Anna for telling Kristoff not to crush Olaf’s dreams! Anna just listned to what Olaf had to say and never once thought his idea of experiencing summer was impossible. In this moment…we call Anna the cheeleader.  She symbolized the folks that believe in your dreams no matter how far fetched they may seem!

For those of you wondering if Olaf ever got the chance to experience summer….welll…YES he did! Princess Elsa (Anna’s sister aka Snow Queen) gave Olaf his very own personal snow flurry that followed him as he experienced the summer!!!!



Bring the ‘YOU’ Brand Authentically

Hello!!! As a personal brand strategist I enjoyed blogging about this topic and I know a few of you are reading the title of this post and initially wondering what’s the ‘YOU’ Brand and how do I bring it authentically??? The ‘YOU’ Brand is simply what I call your personal brand which is who YOU are, what makes YOU stand out amongst the crowd and the impression you have on folks when YOU enter the room and they are around YOU as well as the impression you have on folks when YOU exit the room. Now that you know what the ‘YOU’ Brand is, let’s answer the question of how do you bring it authentically??? Well it’s simple…just bring who YOU know yourself to be!

When I first started my career in Corporate America approximately 10 years ago, I was fearful or didn’t even know if it would be in my best interest to bring my ‘YOU’ Brand. Why you ask? Well to be honest I did not see a lot of people who looked like me working in that environment so of course it was like automatically going into survival mode and working twice as hard to prove that yes I do belong here and I can rise to the occassion everytime! (I’m pretty sure a few of you have been in my shoes in your career before) But naturally, that’s who I am-a person who always puts their best foot forward, has a creative mind that thinks outside the box to solve problems my client or team may be facing, self-starter/initiator, and motivator/inspiration to others.  Not only do I see myself this way but my family, friends, and colleagues do too as proven by recommendations I have recieved, feedback from colleagues, and discussions with friends and family.  As a result my YOU brand was developed because it is not enough that YOU may think of yourself as being a rockstar but you have to have other people get on board with that idea too especially when it comes to excelling in your career!

So before I go any further, just because someone may speak negatively about you doesn’t mean you’re not who you think you are and what you want others to know you for….when people speak negatively about you and it doesn’t come from a compassionate place or in a form of constructive feedback then they may have bad intentions so I encourage you not to pay attention to that but to continue moving forward by doing YOU! If someone who you know to be trustworthy, loyal, or credible provides you negative  feedback try your best to accept it and evaluate ways to improve. I tread lightly when I say ‘accept it’ because if you know what they say to be completely false or you just don’t know how to improve on it then I recommend you meet with them to provide you examples of how they came to the conclusion in providing this negative feedback as well as suggestions to improve upon it. Just because my YOU brand is of a positive tone doesn’t mean I haven’t received negative feedback during evaluation time at year end because I have! Yes, it hurts initially and sometimes it’s not true but I know how to navigate the conversation with leadership to get to the root as to why this negative feedback was provided.  PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME VIA THE CONTACT PAGE OF THE BLOG TO DISCUSS THIS TOPIC FURTHER.

I teetered on this topic of brand appearance in the second paragraph when I stated ‘Well to be honest I did not see a lot of people who looked like me working in that environment…’ Sooo brand appearance is a component of your YOU Brand and it’s very important to maintain within your career.  ‘Dress for Success’ is the phrase used universally that is geared towards brand appearance.  The way you dress, wear your hair, makeup, etc. is often times the first impression of YOU everyday when you walk into your job.  My one struggle I used to have with my brand appearance was with my hair.  Not because my hair was always out of place or never styled neatly but because I was afraid to wear my hair in it’s natural state and show off my natural coils. Like I said previously, not a lot of people that looked like me worked with me and when I did see them their hair was always straightened or in a protective style (weave, crochets, etc.). Therefore, I started to wonder if the natural state of my hair was even professional looking or even acceptable enough to excel up the corporate ladder…look the part to get the role right!? Well as I started to grow in my career and establish my brand within the companies I worked at I begin to see people (still not leadership) wear their hair in it’s natural state but of course when talking with them they would say ‘yes I get stares but I keep it moving and they just have to get use to it because this is my hair.’ So of course I began to feel empowered but still felt like it was risky business because your appearance in Corporate America or any job speaks volumes because you not only represent yourself but the company too. BUT long story short about 4 years ago I stopped getting perms and about 2 years ago I started fully embracing my natural coils and wearing my hair neat and natural in the work place or at corporate events. To me that was a huge achievement and it helped me to truly embrace my authentic self  holistically! Based on conversations, I’ve found that a lot of women of color struggled with this currently or at one point in their professional career.

One quick story before I close out…The first couple of weeks I started to wear my hair out in a neat natural style my co-worker (who was caucasion) came up to me to give me a compliment on my hair.  They then went on to ask if I could provide her some products to use and tips on how to do her baby girl’s hair since she is mixed with african descent. She confided in me about how she has trouble doing her baby girl’s hair because she doesn’t have experience styling coarsed hair.  Of course, I was more than happy to provide her tips on how to style her baby girl’s hair! BUT the point and moral of this story is that once I decided to embrace my natural hair and bring my YOU brand authentically from a brand appearance perspective to work-I opened the door for somone else to do the same and I was able to build a better relationship with my co-worker because we found more common ground!  

You never know who’s waiting for you to bring your authentic self in your career!!! SOOO I encourage YOU to embrace who YOU are holistically..hair and all! I guarantee you will feel empowered when you truly bring the YOU Brand authentically from a brand appearance perspective!

Pictures of me and my natural coils!!!