Note: This post is written by Remy Bernard Working from home, for some, can be a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you have a freedom that many cubicle dwellers dream of. No early morning commute to the office, no workplace drama (hopefully), and your schedule becomes much more flexible. When your office is your living room, oversleeping that extra 20 minutes because you had trouble falling asleep the night before becomes less of a problem. Even if you aren’t your own boss and are working for someone else remotely, logging your hours from the comfort of your bedroom or kitchen if you want to is a liberating experience.
It has been years since I wrote about personal branding. In this post, I’d like to revisit the topic because I believe that personal branding is an important part of our personal effectiveness. What is a personal brand? Simply put, your personal brand is the promise of the value people will get when they come to you. This promise gives people a reason to come to you. As a result, it can future-proof your career.
Do you want to have a successful career? Even better, do you want to have a fulfilling one? To have such a career, your skills play an important role. Why? Because your skills can make your career both successful and fulfilling. The question is: how should you build your skills?
I love to learn from great people and get inspired by their stories. Among them, Theodore Roosevelt (TR) is a favorite of mine. His story never ceases to inspire me. Here I’d like to give you the reasons why I find TR inspiring. After reading them, I think you will agree with me that he is a great model to learn from. Without further ado, here are five reasons why TR is inspiring.
What do you think is an important factor for success? While there are others, I believe that an important factor for success is determination. Paul Graham – the founder of a startup incubator in Silicon Valley – wrote this: We learned quickly that the most important predictor of success is determination… While it certainly helps to be smart, it’s not the deciding factor. There are plenty of people as smart as Bill Gates who achieve nothing.