We all think we’re different, but there are more similarities than differences between us. What is most universal is most personal. Most everyone:
-feels not fully understood
-is the center of their own universe
-wants to see what they own go up in value all of the time
-wants to be appreciated, to feel powerful, to appear clever or smart
This is my brother (on the right) escorting a blind buddy of his onto an Honor Flight on Sunday from Denver to join 160 other veterans to travel to Washington D.C. and visit the war memorials. My brother was in the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam — tough as nails on the outside — and the epitome of a good, good man on the inside.Even in the mist of hellish war situations, he still took the time to write his little sister the occasional letter advising her on how to deal with her 1960’s high school teenage drama. Years later I told that story to a CEO client of mine who took down a treasured piece of military memorabilia from his book shelf and gave it to me to honor my brother saying, “If he did that while putting up with what was going on over there, he deserves this more than I do."
STEM is a national education trend, and the newer approach of STEAM (STEM plus Art) capitalizes on hands-on learning, innovation, and making an impact on the world. I’m proud to say my three-year-old grandniece is getting a head start in the math area. She was happily digging into a cupcake her dad gave her that was piled high with pink frosting and white sprinkles. When her mother asked her, “What’s the best part of your cupcake?” her response was “Two.”As you work on your own personal branding, it will pay to encourage your daughter to also. If she can get into a curriculum inside or outside of her school that emphasizes STEM, she’ll be ahead of the game.
Emerson Spartz, the 27-year-old Internet media entrepreneur, recently raised $8 million in venture capital funding for his aggregate site www.dose.com. At age 12 he created the most popular Harry Potter fan site in the world, MuggleNet. Spartz tells The New Yorker magazine that when he was growing up, his parents made him read four short biographies of successful people every single day. Not a bad idea for your kids — or you — and www.Biography.com is one good source. But don’t just read others' biographies; write your own too. Include:Where and how you grew upEarly influences and influencers who shaped youChoices you had and decisions (good and bad) that you made
Write your career and life progression but don’t make it obituary-like with just the facts. Add the “color” of your life -- your loves, your losses, your dreams, and your goals going forward. Your significant other will enjoy reading it, and when the kids are old enough, give them a copy. Think about it. How many of you have lost a parent or someone important to you, and wouldn’t it be wonderful to read their life story? In addition, it’s a great refresher/reminder when you have to talk about your background in a workplace conversation.