Whenever I’m explaining the concept of personal branding, I always end up talking about Jerry Maguire. Yes, before Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah’s couch and became the perpetual butt of Hollywood’s joke, he starred in one of my all-time-ever favorite movies. He played the title role, Jerry Maguire, a sports agent who has a breakdown breakthrough that leads to him leaving his cushy job and heading out on his own. He takes with him a fish, a humble secretary, and one client. So, where does personal branding come in?
Movies are seen as a means of relaxation or entertainment, and kicking back to watch the latest blockbuster is a good way to wind down after a hard day. Whether we come away entertained or informed, movies offer us something to enrich our lives, but can they offer more than just what we see at face value?
What Hollywood Can Teach You About CareersBelieve it or not, there are some lessons to be learned in many of the films we've seen, even if they're not intentionally set up that way.
Work, what is it good for anyway?The most famous of all fast paced career movies is Wall Street. Gordon Gekko is a corporate raider with an eye on the next multi-million dollar deal. While the film is ultimately about redemption, it deals a powerful life lesson in visualising the concept of you reap what you sow. That is worth remembering if you’re considering riding roughshod over your work colleagues. But is it all work and no play? It might make you rich but it rarely makes anyone happy. Working is good and a noble thing to do, but it’s pointless without a suitable home life balance. Money Never Sleeps - the sequel to Wall Street - comes to the foreground here. Gordon Gekko has been released from jail and has had time to reflect on his previous misdemeanours. He delivers a scathing indictment of business-led society, before concluding that “Money is not the prime asset in life; time is” and how true that is. The message is clear: Work hard, but make sure that you don’t pursue your career at the expense of work-life balance.
Make Sure You’re ValuedIt’s always worth remembering that quality isn’t cheap, and to get the best, you have to pay – or, to be more accurate, you have to get paid. Following on with Wall Street theme, the “Greed is good” quote from the film is the one that everyone remembers but a much better lesson is given in the quote “What’s worth doing is worth doing for money”. Of course, your boss doesn’t have to accept the best but that can just lead to disappointment, or dead fishermen as seen in Jaws. If you’re an invaluable member of your team, possessing key skills and responsibilities, it’s not greedy to feel your salary needs to reflect that.
Work With PeopleClerks, the indie wonder from Kevin Smith, bore the tagline “just because they serve you it doesn’t mean that they like you” and much of it demonstrated the disdain shop workers bear for the people paying the money though in an unusually amplified manner. It’s an anthem of disgruntled till staff the world over and just goes to prove that if you don’t like the general public, don’t work in a shop. The film itself focuses on a day in the life of Dante Hicks and Randal Graves and the assorted incidental characters around them. While nothing in particular happens in the film – there is no major plot device - plenty happens, because that is actually the nature of shop work. Each outlet is its own little social microcosm where regular customers become players in an on-going soap opera with all the joys and heartaches that brings.
Leave The Job You HatePhysically leaving a job that you mentally left long ago can be a weight off of your shoulders. Scriptwriters have the benefit of being able to work it all out before they put it in front of a great actor or actress, but some do it better than others. Take the case of Kevin Spacey in American Beauty as he lays his reasons on the line and then demands a year’s salary, or Wanted where James McAvoy belittles his boss and gives his double-dealing office friend a face full of keyboard to suck on. But, before you take it to the limit and brawl your way out of the office, consider that you may want references, and the kind of reference you may get from a seething ex-manager will only get you an interview at the unemployment office.
Challenge YourselfBear with me here, The Hobbit, while not an obvious career movie, offers a powerful lesson in not getting stuck in a rut. The dwarves need a burglar, and hobbits are an ideal choice due to their small size, but Bilbo Baggins is too set in his comfort zone to accept the challenge, despite the temptation. Gandalf tries to convince him that if you don’t stretch your horizons, you can never expect to meet your dreams, but Bilbo shrugs the argument off. The point is that if you don’t take chances, you’ll never know what you can become, whereas if you stay in your comfort zone, you know exactly what you’ll get. Bilbo would have missed out on the greatest adventure of his life if he hadn’t taken that leap of faith and challenged himself to be better. Enjoy this article? You've got time for another! Check out these related articles:
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What exactly is a Plan B? The term represents an alternate road to travel, if the path you are taking is leading nowhere – a backup plan. It’s always good to have a Plan B if you find that your work choices are just not working out. You should always have a Plan B, and as long as you do, you’ll always be at the ready. If working at home is your dream, starting to implement your Plan B now, will pay big dividends, and you'll be ready to work at home today.
Work At Home TodayBrad Pitt believed so much in the Plan B philosophy that he and Jennifer Aniston created Plan B Entertainment. Although he is now the sole owner, the indie-film production company still represents Brad’s Plan B. Are you sitting in a meeting day-dreaming about starting an online business from home? Do you yawn when your boss gives you a new work assignment? Do you feel like you are inmate #44679 with the Department of Corrections, and all you need now is a number and a mug shot? Then build your dream online business, so you can work at home today as your Plan B.
“Prepare” To Be ExtraordinaryStarting your work at home business plans while you are still employed is incredibly exciting. All of a sudden your perspective changes, you can view your totally-no-fun-boring-job as a strategic means to a monumental end. You’ll find yourself grinning like a Cheshire cat, because you’ll know that you are not long for the office rat race. How should you prepare? If you are not totally sure what you want to be when you grow up, no problem. First, take a little walk to the Amazon.com bookstore. If you own a Kindle (and you really should come into the 20th century and get one, or download their free Kindle app for your PC or other device), you can go for a stroll down the virtual isles of Amazon’s Business and Investing section, and take a look at all of the free, and incredibly informative books that are available. You will find amazing books about starting a new business, developing an online writing career, blogging, selling crafts on eBay, becoming a virtual assistant, consulting, teaching, and more. The list of free digital business books available to help you brainstorm about starting your online business, although ever changing, is simply breathtaking.
Work At Home PossibilitiesSo, what are your options? You can offer your services, you can sell products, or you can provide information. In the services arena, there are so many options for you to choose, but the best option is the service that you, both love the most, and are most proficient at. You should dig deep. If I were to ask your friends, “what service do you see your BFF providing?” Their response would be the answer to the service you should choose. Are you a computer geek who knows every bit and bite? Then you should focus on your passion and your ability, and offer subcontracting services to smaller companies, that need your technical expertise, as a consultant. The pay is phenomenal, and you can work at home. Are you a great typist, know how to take calls, update websites, do quality research, extremely organized, a jack of all business office trades? If these services are what you love doing, then a virtual assistant would be a great service to provide. The virtual assistant industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. You can work at home, and the sky is the limit.
More OptionsWhat about products? Do you make the best carrot cakes around? Is baking your passion? Remember the lady on ABC’s Shark Tank, the owner of Daisy Cakes? Well, I wanted to buy one of her luscious creations and have it shipped to my home. Kim Nelson gets $48 for one carrot cake, and she has sold well over 100,000 since then! Now, that’s the business I want to go into! The most inexpensive business you can go into is the information business. You can create information products, like ebooks, articles, or apps, or you can simply create an information website on your favorite subject, like baseball, gardening, or New York hot spots, and offer Google Adsense on your site. Others can contribute to the building of your site, by allowing guest bloggers to post articles. The more pages and traffic you have, the more money you will make. Google will place relevant ads on your site. This is how Chris Knight, owner of EzineArticles.com, makes money. Hundreds of writers contribute to his site, he posts Google Adsense ads on their articles, and reaps the financial rewards, while the writers grow his site daily.
After working at a company for 10 years, would you openly bash them and tell people not to take their business there? That's just what 'Two and a Half Men' star Angus T. Jones is doing. But is this stunt killing his career? The 19-year-old, who has played the role of Jake Harper since he was eight, urges viewers to stop watching the show - despite earning a hefty $350,000 per episode. According to Fox News, the actor said that he no longer wants to be a part of the show anymore, saying that it's "filth." "People say it’s just entertainment," he said in a new video for the Forerunner Christian Church. "Do some research on the effects of television and your brain, and I promise you you’ll have a decision to make when it comes to television, especially with what you watch." After causing quite the ruckus about the popular show, Jones has been called the "anti-Sheen" for standing up for his religious beliefs and putting his career at risk. But the question is, how will this move affect Jones's future? Will this stunt help him stand out as an actor or will it end up killing his career? What do you think? Please take our poll, and tell us what you think in the comment section below! [poll id="99"]
When it comes to motivational speakers and self-help gurus, there are usually two schools of thought out there. One group of people tend to be intrigued by the prospect and are more likely to look further into the subject, while the other group considers it all snake-oil and stays away from it. So, who's right about a guy like Anthony Robbins?
An Expert In Finding Your Motivation
Tony Robbins has been popping up on infomercials and in the book stores since the early 1980s. Showing up in magazines like Vanity Fair, Businessweek, Time, Fortune, and Forbes, he has made an incredible career for himself by helping others in their lives and careers. He's even acted in movies and sometimes travels out to Hollywood sets to help famous actors get motivated for roles.
Judging by the overwhelmingly positive reception Robbins receives on the road, not to even mention his countless celebrity endorsements and incredibly high ratings on DVDs and books, it seems clear that Tony's methods do work for people and that someone could benefit in their career by taking Robbins' life lessons.
How Can Tony Help You?
Tony Robbins' advice is all over the Internet, but you probably won't find it for free. Luckily, there are a lot of great deals on Tony Robbins self-help books and videos via online vouchers and coupons. But before you fork over the money for the material, take a look at the different ways Robbins may be able to help.
Gaining The Confidence
One of the biggest issues most people struggling with careers deal with is a lack of confidence. Tony has an endless array of literature and advice on this subject. He is perhaps most famous for helping people to gain the confidence necessary to achieve in their careers.
Finding The Passion
Having a lack of passion can stunt your career and leave you doing a job you don't enjoy for the rest of your working life. Tony actually cut his teeth on these types of individuals, because he claims to have been one himself a long time ago. Robbins speaks a lot about passion and helping people to find what makes them happy.
Never Giving Up
How many times have you taken no for an answer? Most people answering that question honestly have probably always taken it without ever fighting back. Tony teaches that one doesn't have to take no for an answer. Even if you don't make it with the first company you're trying with, there's no rule that says you can't keep trying. Having the motivation to succeed and the drive to dust yourself off is something Robbins teaches through creative and effective methods.
Perhaps the biggest problem that plagues working people, most simply don't understand how valuable of a commodity they are. Helping people like Hugh Jackman, Bill Clinton, and other powerful individuals, Robbins has successfully helped many understand that they should never settle for less than they're worth.
Tony Robbins has an empire. He's the biggest name in motivation out there on the market. And he's that successful for a reason. His methods may be what you need to get you over the hump, but you never know until you give them a try.
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