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Focus On

Being

Yourself

Storytime! Grab yourself a steamy-hot cup of coffee and a slice of pie. This story is going to help someone!

Some time ago I was surfing the internet. The primary goal was to find inspiration and current design/business trends. I am sure some of you entrepreneurs can attest to the desire to know what your competitors are doing and the truth is I would be lying if I told you that I do not take time to see how I can “one-up” my competition. Even the billion-dollar companies do this. Just look at Apple vs. Andriod or maybe Marvel vs. DC Comics. Smart entrepreneurs want a competitive edge that will help propel them to the top of their industry.

On this particular day, while surfing the internet, I came across the website of another Branding Consultant. I quickly became emersed in this consultant’s brand story. Her (Yes! A Lady Boss) personality leaped off every page of her website. It takes a lot to impress me. However, all I could say was “WOW.” That is the goal, right; to convince website visitors and potential clients to love you and have to work with you?

However, here was the problem. I started to compare what I saw to my own brand. From the visuals, brand position, all the way to the brand associations. Before I knew it, I had spent my entire workday looking at this website. I even wanted to shut down my website and social media accounts & start all over. Yes! I had fallen into the trap; the trap of envying another’s brand. Can you believe it? The proclaimed “Branding Expert” by colleagues had taken a fall. While I did not stay down long, I want to emphasize that I had stopped focusing on what made me great because I did not believe that what “Clinton” offered was good enough. For some reason, those things that made me feel incompetent started to rise to the surface.

That is a significant problem that many entrepreneurs face. We do not want to admit it, but it is true. Insecurity is very real and coupled with the need to position yourself as the best in your industry will blur your vision; if you let it. In some cases, this is the cause for the rise of saturated industries. Where are the entrepreneurs who want to shine brightly as a diamond as themselves? You have to reassure yourself that you are more than enough. You have to own your shortcomings as much as your greatness. You must walk in the authority and boldness that you were created to walk in. It will be a daily process, but I promise it will help you build a unique brand, experience a fulfilling career, and live an abundant life. Doesn’t that sound amazing? So to my fellow entrepreneurs, I say “stay true to your own business & stop worrying about what your competitors are doing. Simply put “Focus On Being Yourself!”

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6 Comments

  1. Teresita

    OMG!!! Seriously this is one of my struggles I keep looking at others in my field and second guessing if what I’m offering is good enough as theirs! Ok so I’ve got to stay with what I have and be true to me! Thanks so much for this article!!! Glad I’m not alone lol

    Reply
    • Clinton Gorham

      I am so glad you found this article so helpful. Thank you for your support!

      Reply
  2. Yeshaya vision

    This is so great. I sometimes think that what I have is not as good as someone else especially those that have been in the business a long time. It’s encouraging to know that I can be myself in my field. Thank you so much for this article

    Reply
    • Clinton Gorham

      You’re welcome! Now go & be yourself unapologetically.

      Reply
  3. Lyndell

    Great points! We all have our own brand that is comprised of our uniqueness. Perfect motivation for Monday! Thanks for sharing it.

    Reply
    • Clinton Gorham

      No problem Lyndell! Thanks for your support.

      Reply

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