Any one that has invested in the time for weight lifting knows that there is a difference in building muscle mass and muscle definition. One of the most used muscles in the entire human body is the brain. The education system and the internet have been used to expand the mind and build mass but it is through human interaction that we further define our thought muscles. Learn what is valuable information and what is purely whimsical thoughts. Now that is not to say that whimsical cannot become valuable but sometimes it needs to under go scrutiny and refinement before it gains value. This is very similar to a concept that I heard recently of branding yourself. The idea of thinking of a single person as a brand is not a new concept but thinking that anyone can be a brand and not just celebrities is kind of mind blowing. Most people that I have met thus far are content with being cogs in the machine; relying on the larger cogs movements for their own perpetuation.
People come into work at 9 wind themselves up until 5 and then leave for home to pursue their own goals and self satisfactions. While at work they mesh in to the rest, not standing out and wondering why they aren’t being noticed. The answer to that is, they are not in the right field or company that will push them to a stronger set of skills that in return will evolve their career.
Meeting new people helps open opportunities in knowledge and the different possibilities in careers that are available. As stated earlier, a person can do what ever they want to grow their knowledge and name but, it is not until they start bouncing their ideas and self off of others will their personal brand grow. As any born prior to 1990 will remember, before social media and the growth of the internet, most brands only reached a few miles beyond the state limits if lucky. After social media became the norm, brands reached enough acknowledgement that they could grow into a large success.
The next time that any of you choose to go grow your brain or your personal brand, go to a networking meeting where you will make leaps and bounds.