Benefits of Personal Development

Personal development is taking the necessary steps with consistency to develop yourself. Every single day you should be working to improve who you are. It’s not all about the books or the courses. What it really comes down to is who you want to be.
We don’t get out of life what we want. We get out of life who we are. This does not mean good people receive good things. It also doesn’t mean bad people deserve the worst in life. This means that the work you put in will pay off.
Personal development is truly a journey. In order for you to reach the goals you set in life, you must become the best possible version of yourself. Who you are now simply isn’t good enough. Life is a long game. Let’s talk about some ways you can make yourself better along the way.
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Growth Never Stops

I am obsessed with the Growth and becoming better. That is how the #GNS Was created. GNS stands for Growth Never Stops. Growth is a never-ending process. Dedicate time to learning every day. This is the only way to become the best version of yourself.
Every single day I make sure that I use at least one hour to learn. This could be about several different subjects. But whatever I choose to focus on that day will make me better and help me progress towards my goal.
Let me also add that hours are spent implementing the knowledge acquired. There is no use in consuming a ton of information if it will not be used. The best way to make sure it is used, is to create a routine or have it immediately after the information is gathered.
I like to use the #GNS as a reminder that growing is my main focus. It is very easy to get distracted or even lazy but this reminder keeps me going. When I don’t feel like recording a podcast or writing another blog, #GNS pops up on my Impact Journal and I’m forced to keep working.

Learning is a Skill

Most people stop learning after high school or college. Very few people continue to consume information after their early years. This is why the average part of society is so crowded. Developing the skill of learning will literally separate you from 90% of the population. It’s not as difficult as people make it seem.
The real problem is that people think they have to learn about things they don’t care about. The classroom forces us to learn about things that don’t matter to us. School teaches us what to think instead of how to think. This causes most people to strongly dislike learning.
Change your mindset about learning. Remember that you can personally select the books you read, the videos you watch and the podcasts you listen to. Be careful with this selection. The decision you make here will either make you better or a worse version of yourself. The choice is yours.

Benefits of Personal Development

The first and probably best benefit of personal development is being better than everyone else. Most people will say that we are all the same. This is not true. I repeat we are not all the same. I once read a quote from the Hall of Fame running back Emmett Smith. He said, “all men are created equal, but some work harder in the preseason.“ Working harder than everyone else does make you better than them and they know it.
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The second benefit of personal development is really how you feel. There truly is no better feeling than knowing you are getting better. It really feels special when you are getting better at something you actually care about. There is no better feeling than making the team next season the year after you got cut. It feels great to stunt on your high school haters because you live a better life than they do. Getting better feels fucking amazing.
Lastly, personal development is important for our species. Think of all the great people, the amazing humans that lived before you. They may the world better for us. The historians, the philosophers, the downright geniuses, all became the best version of themselves and gave that to the world. Imagine if Einstein was lazy? What if Benjamin Franklin was afraid? What if Tom Ford gave up? We wouldn’t have the world we have today.

Conclusion

You need to focus on becoming the best version of yourself every single day. The world to me and been up that version of Medium. You truly want to know until the time comes. It’s amazing to know that you’re living up to that potential inside you. Don’t be average. The world has enough of average. The average section is crowded, like traffic during rush hour.
Utilize one hour everyday to focus on development. You’ll appreciate all of the benefits that come from personal development.

Three Ways to Improve Your Personal Branding

Three Ways to Improve Your Personal Branding

Everyone has a personal brand. What is funny to me is everyone thinks that a personal brand comes with a YouTube page and 10,000 Instagram followers. This is very far from the truth. Everyone has to improve their personal branding. What is funny to me is everyone thinks that a personal brand comes with a YouTube page and 10,000 Instagram followers. This is very far from the truth.
Basically, if you are a person you have a personal brand. Think about it this way. There are pieces that make up a personal brand. One piece of your personal brand is your reputation. What people think about you matters in certain situations. Another piece of your personal brand is your appearance. We’ve all heard the phrase dress to impress.
Personal branding is about how you present yourself and what you stand for. Do you care about fitness? Are you a fan of specific types of movies? Do you only drive a certain type of car? All of these are pieces that fit into your personal brand.
Three ways to improve your personal branding

Why You Have to Think of Yourself as a Brand

You think of yourself as a personal brand because that is what you are. Andy Frisella has a podcast and it’s all set around being the CEO of your own life. Whether you like it or not, that is what you are.
I’m not saying that you have to run a business or be an entrepreneur to have a personal brand. It’s more about understanding that the way you represent yourself is branding. How you carry yourself, your priorities and even the things you give attention to are a part of your personal brand.
It is really funny to me when people say things like it’s just Twitter or it’s just Facebook. Who you are, even on social media matters. How many people have you seen lose their jobs because of their social media activities?
At the same time, some people get jobs because of what they do on social media. Artists get discovered, ideas are allowed to flourish and connections are made.
It’s not just social media.

Ways to Improve Your Personal Branding

The first way you can improve your personal branding is to have a focus. If you want to be taken seriously, you have to focus on one topic. Mark Cuban can be in technology health and other areas of business. That’s because Mark Cuban is a fucking billionaire. You are not a billionaire. Stick to one topic.
Another way you can improve your personal branding is to clean up your social media. This means you have to carry yourself as if someone is always watching because they are. Turns of celebrities and athletes are in barest and have lost in Dorsman‘s due to something they said when they were younger. Most people might consider this to be a cowardly move. But would you want to risk a million-dollar deal just to keep it real?
Lastly, you can improve your personal branding by making connections. Find the top influencers and experts in your niche and develop relationships. Simply start by following them on social media and engaging with their content. Most of them will engage with you and so will ignore you. The good thing is you will begin to develop powerful celebrity relationships. All of this will help you when building an audience.

Conclusion

Everyone has a personal brand, whether they like it or not. Why not profit from it? You can get paid to be who you are. But monetizing is further down the road. Follow these three ways to improve your personal brand.
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Personal Branding Tips – Episode 62

Starting to focus on your personal brand is smart. This episode features a long list of tips that you must take into consideration. What’s most important is starting. Don’t think about how many people are watching or who is supporting you. Give all of your energy to providing content in YOUR way. Check out the personal branding tips in this episode.

Personal Branding Tips

First, you must make sure that you have a topic. Topics are extremely important. It’s literally impossible to cover everything and you shouldn’t want to. Get one specific topic thing and dive as deep as you possibly can.

Secondly, give some thought to creating valuable content creation. Content creation is the best way to build an audience. Even the biggest companies in the world like Nike and Apple create powerful content. The NBA and NFL, top sports leagues in the world, have YouTube channels and social media accounts that pump out powerful content.

The last of the personal branding tips, use a mailing list. Everyone with a personal brand must have a list. Emails can be automated which will save you time. But be careful with this strategy. You can annoy people if you’re sending too much content at once or attempting to sell everytime you’re in their inbox.

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Josh Elledge Up Your Influence – Episode 61

Josh Elledge joins the podcast to discuss different ways entrepreneurs can get the right media attention. Media attention can help your business expand tremendously, especially if you produce valuable content.

Josh Elledge is a U.S. Navy veteran and launched UpMyInfluence.com to help turn entrepreneurs into media celebrities increasing their authority, influence, and revenue. He also started SavingsAngel.com which has grossed more than $6 million in sales with less than $500 in advertising. Josh writes a syndicated newspaper column to 1.1 million readers and regularly appears on more than 75 TV stations across the country. All told, Josh has appeared in the media more than 2000 times.

Media Attention

UpMyInfluence’s purpose is to DEMOCRATIZE access to influence. Josh believes he has a moral imperative to help entrepreneurs serve the world with their collective messages while growing their revenue! UpMyInfluence was the natural outgrowth of his first startup, SavingsAngel.com which has grossed more than $6 million in sales with less than $500 in advertising. He did it all through building authority and serving audiences in the media. Josh is a weekly TV consumer expert in Orlando, writes a syndicated newspaper column to 1.1 million readers, and regularly appears on more than 75 TV stations across the country. All told, Josh has appeared in the media more than 2000 times.

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Problem Solving – Content Creation Episode 60

Every entrepreneur should be focused on solving problems. Consequently, your content should solve the problems of your audience. This episode focuses specifically on creating problem solving content. Make sure you subscribe on iTunes or Spotify.

Most people complicate the content creation process. We’ve simplified things by creating a very simple chart. This chart helps you break down your content the right way before you record or write anything. Don’t overcomplicate the process by attempting to do things in a new way. The problem solving chart is very simple and easy to implement with anything you create.

Have a Purpose

The best content has a purpose and reason for being created. Every piece of content you release, podcasts, videos or blogs, should be directly affecting your audience. After you do research and see what their problems are, create the content that you know will help them be better. There won’t be a reason for you to force the video to go viral or to share your podcast link twenty times. When you actually deliver something valuable, people will share it for you!

Taking the problem solving approach separates you from your competitors. Everyone else is creating content that they want to see exist in the world. That’s great but people won’t necessarily like it. You can win and be better than them because you create content that your audience is hungry for. This is just another strategy that will help you build a strong brand.

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Pursue Your Passion – Special Podcast Episode 1

It is very much possible to pursue your passion. In this episode of the Growth of Greatness Podcast, we discuss the main key elements to do what you love. Make sure you take notes and get the process started as soon as possible.

Three Keys

There are really three pieces you need to pursue your passion. First is patience. Without patience, there isn’t too much you can do. Some things take time and you have to be willing to work while you wait. Secondly, you need commitment. Committing your time, energy and focus are extremely important. The more you can commit, the faster things will happen for you. Lastly, you need to know what you love. Finding your passion is all about the experience. Go out there and live life. Trying different things is the best way to learn what you like and what you don’t like.

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Drop Shipping Skill ft. James Holt – Episode 51

James Holt joins the podcast to drop shipping.

Drop Shipping Skills

James has been in business for a while and has learned a lot. In this episode, he has advice for aspiring drop shippers. I personally wanted to know more about drop shipping. One point James made very clear was the importance of building a brand, even for drop shippers. He also gave out three tips to help aspiring drop shipping experts get started.

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Episode 50 The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises is one of my favorite movies ever. It’s a cinematic masterpiece. More importantly, there are specific themes throughout the movie, very teachable moments.

First, Bane shows himself to be a philosopher and a villain. You have to appreciate his style and grace. When he and Batman were battling in the sewers, he gave us one of the best quotes ever. “Peace has cost you strength. Victory has defeated you.” This was a clear sign about Batman’s inability to relate to the new world. Batman locked himself away thinking that he was safe forever and that everything would always be okay. Bane showed us that comfort is simply an illusion.

In another great scene, Bruce Wayne is attempting to escape the prison. He tied the rope around himself multiple times before jumping and failed every single time. The one time he tried it without the rope, Bruce made the jump and escaped the prison. This a metaphor for the safety nets in our lives. What ropes are holding your life together and holding you back at the same time?

Ep. 49 Write Your Life ft. Ed Latimore

Write Your Life ft. Ed Latimore

Writer and Twitter expert Ed Latimore joins the podcast to discuss his writing. He provides us with insight on how to build a Twitter following. Ed Latimore is also one of the few bloggers remaining! He makes sure to release amazing content to his audience with consistency. Even after all of those accolades, Ed still has a degree in Physics and is an amazing speaker.

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Episode 48 Improve Focus

Episode 48 Improve Focus

This episode uses a very different metaphor of bricklaying. You’ve probably heard Will Smith or some other guru talk about it. Coach Chris adds a different perspective.
Taking life one day at a time helps you improve focus. The biggest problem most people have is that they can’t focus on one thing. For example, there are several “creatives” out there that have a million different things happening at once. What this does is limit your ability to truly thrive in the important areas.
Look at each topic you focus on as bricklaying. If you’re focused on five different topics, how long will it take you to build a house? If your #YouTube channel is about pop culture, fashion, music, makeup and dancing, you’re essentially attempting to build five different houses at once. You’ll either spend years building a few mediocre houses or you’ll never finish any of them. Take the time to improve focus. It will give you the ability to be better where it counts.