One of my favorite parts of the conference portion of the 2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration was listening to host Rene Syler of @goodenufmother speak about the life lessons that she has learned along the way. I thought it would be nice to share this information with you so that you can also benefit from Rene's little nuggets of wisdom... and because I took a LOT of notes that need to take the leap from paper to digital ;) But first, I've created a slideshow presentation using Rene's Life Lessons as the guide, and added special quotes from the conference speakers to illustrate her points. Take a look:
Ten Lessons From #DisneySMMoms Speakers
And now, here are my notes from Rene Syler's presentation:
Ten Life Lessons From Rene Syler
- Find your passion - whatever that may be - and get started!
- Hone your passion. This will take a lot of hard work, but it's a must.
- Compare = despair! Don't compare yourself with others! This will just make you miserable.
- Protect your brand. Look into trademarking your brand. You have to take action to protect your brand.
- No one will believe in you as much as you believe in yourself. Chances are, there are a lot of people that don't believe in you. If you believe you can do something, then that is all that matters. Really believe you can do it!
- Play nice! We teach our kids to play nice, but we don't always play well with others. Just be nice. Brands are watching you on social media!
- Take risks. Big rewards necessitate big risks. If you want to get ahead, you have to take risks. Pick up that phone. Reach out! Take that first step toward your goal.
- If you build it well, they will come. (Sloppy doesn't sell!) Your "stuff" is a reflection of YOU! Spend some time proofreading your posts and making your website look nice, or you will lose readers!
- Surround yourself with the right people. Seek out people that can help you further your career, and say goodbye to those that are negative or envious.
- Learn to save yourself. The most important lesson: There will be times when you have to be your own hero. Learn to save yourself. Be your own advocate! Know what you want, and don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
What steps have you taken to grow your brand?
As an attendee of this invite-only event, I received complimentary items, special discounts and other benefits, such as food and entertainment, from the event organizers. All opinions shared in this article come from the careful consideration of my own personal experiences, and were not purchased or influenced in any way.