Tips on How to Believe in Your Brand Despite Your Journey #TheChi #ShowTime Tuesday 13 March, 2018

I feel like we are in an era of being a self-made person. Whatever dreams you have for yourself, you can literally create it and be it. Anyone can create their brand from scratch and become what they want. Despite your upbringing, surroundings or any other life forces that would give a person a reason they can’t become who they want in their career, nothing can stop you!

I am writing this post, because it reminds me of a character named Brandon, who is one of the main characters in the new SHOWTIME series THE CHI, whose goal is to be a top chef. I’m really getting into this series, which is a show about tough neighborhood in the Southside of Chicago, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the simplest decisions can have life or death consequences.

I can relate to Brandon’s character a lot, as we both are creative, diligent and want to create names for ourselves in a big way. Brandon is very smart and good at what he does, but there are some bumps in the road that could be discouraging him with his talents and goals for becoming a top chef. As a lifestyle blogger, when I first started, I definitely didn’t have anyone to give me any tips on how to stay on my path and believe in my journey of my blogging brand. Look when I started this blog in 2012, I had friends and family always questioning me on, “Whats a blog anyways?” Fast forward to present day, where there are more bloggers, vloggers and social influencers everywhere and people finally catching on to what I have been building on myself for years.

Building a brand from the ground up isn’t easy. There can be discouragements and distractions all around you but I want to share some encouraging tips on how to keep striving with your own personal brand. 

Be Consistent

Many people have a concept for their brand or talents, but get discouraged if a certain outcome isn’t coming quick enough. Sometimes we get so excited and high off the potential of our brand and talents, we actually can easily start losing momentum.

Don’t allow yourself to lose momentum you have to be consistent to get the results you want. Whether it’s more recognition, more money and/or bigger opportunities, you will not get it if you are not consistent. Keep doing what you have been doing to excel in your industry. Don’t get lazy or upset because of slow results. They more consistent you are, you will be surprised who is watching and what an opportunity can arise because you are still currently in your craft. Keep going no matter what!

Invest In Yourself

When you love what you do, you should want to keep advancing in your industry. To grow in your craft sometime it takes a little investment. The investment doesnt have to break the bank, but don’t be afraid to shell out some money or a financial budget to get the supplies to keep doing your craft.

You can do small things like create a logo for yourself, buy some business cards, take some professional photos, etc…

A website is good for anyone serious about their personal brand, updating your wardrobe to fit your industry, buy tools to help you with your craft and even take a few classes. You would be surprised how these investments can truly improve your brand and get your noticed more and make you look more professional.

Step Up Your Talents. Stand Out

If you are in a competitive industry do not get discouraged. There are more and more creatives and entrepreneurs taking control of their brands and stepping out in their desired fields, but it can make some feel like they are getting flooded by competition.

Don’t worry about if there are lots of similar creatives and individuals in your industry. You have to find ways to step up your talents and stand out. Be confident, do something that is in your field that is truly unique and make you more of a distinctive individual.

So many people are actually turning into carbon copies, just replicating what is popular, but do what is against the grain or what hasn’t been tapped. Get creative!

No Negative Talk. No Negative People

Negativity is contagious. It starts off small but it starts to spread right before your eyes and it can really destroy one’s goals and accomplishments with self negative talk or hanging around negative people.

Stop saying you aren’t good enough, that your efforts aren’t being recognized, that you are being passed up for opportunities and more self destructive babble. Also, get away from people who will try to deter you away from your dreams and mission. Sometimes people who can’t fulfilled their own goals will try to negatively talk you out of yours.

Anyone from friends or family who is doing the opposite of encouraging you or supporting you, you should minimize your talk on your brand. Sometimes you have to show people better than you can tell them. Prove them wrong. Prove yourself right! Add more positive affirmations about your ambitions to your daily thought patterns.

Immerse Yourself In Your Industry

The best way to make a name for yourself in your industry is to keep networking and immersing yourself in your industry.

Read more books, join Facebook Groups, find local events around your industry and network! You can be a student in your industry (without necessarily going back to school).

Find peers who are doing similar things and trying to achieve certain goals. Be around people who has already accomplished goals that you admire in your industry. Always take notes, stay abreast of growing trends in your industry and get yourself involved as much as you can to stay active in your industry to make a name for yourself.

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I hope those tips help someone out their who is building on their brand. I am still catching up on episodes of the Chi, as I would love to see the personal growth and journey Brandon takes on building on his brand as a top chef. Checkout the benefits of being a SHOWTIME member.

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Have you had any bumps or hurdles trying to make a name for yourself in your industry?

About the Blogger - Kiwi the Beauty

Kiwi is the free spirited blogger and content creator of As a digital influencer, she produces creative inspiration around beauty, lifestyle, media and travel leisure. Her life mantra is to make manifesting fun! When she’s not blogging, she is eating trendy hipster food, carrying crystals, making it rain at her local farmer's market and binge brunching. Follow her on her blog and social media at + @kiwithebeauty

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  • Sheena Steward says:

    I love the Chi and Kevin is definitely a go getter! You’re so right in this day and age you can be self made. Great tips and some I will be using.

  • Toni says:

    Argh I love this. And thank you! Just starting out with anything can be hard. I’m just starting my blog and accessories line. It get discouraging when things seem to be at a stand still. So it’s so nice to receive a bit of motivation from folks who’s already been where are at currently. Also I loveee The Chi!

  • Lou says:

    Hey girl! These tips are so right! I have been blogging since 2008, and people were thinking what I did was ridiculous and a waste of time. So, what I learn was to roll in silence, not sharing about my world of blogging. Also, get rid of the negative people trying to bring me down. It took a long time for me to see results, but I’m glad I stayed consistent with it. I’ve been able to quit my full-time job and blog for a living! I love being my own boss!

  • Great tips and great motivation to keep on keeping on. Want to check out the Chi, thanks for the reminder it’s worth getting into.

  • These are awesome tips and wonderful reminders about being self-made and to continue on the journey, to never give up! Also, I have watched The Chi and it almost brought me to tears from the first episode. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • 1. Thank you for the tips and encouragement. I really needed it. 2. I am so behind on the Chi lmao. Being a blogger is difficult and people think its so easy. I love what I do and will work harder to become better.

  • Leslie says:

    Hurdles..sure. I moved from one city/market to another in 2015 which required a rebranding and reintroduction of sorts to those in my industry in this new town.

  • being consistent is a key to many things but it is particularly more challenging with social media! things move so fast and competition is high so one may just quit, so be persistent too!

  • Thank you so much for the tips. I truly appreciate the added encouragement to keep working hard

  • Very inspirational blog. Yes, Building a brand from the ground up that stands out is not an easy task. It takes time and efforts to make it work.

  • Shannon E says:

    This was a great read for me. Self-doubt sets in more and more as I try to grow my brand to where I know it can be. Thank you!

  • Annreeba says:

    I can understand being a blogger is difficult and people think its so easy.I love the Chi and Kevin.

  • Dominique says:

    I loved this post. Thank you so much for the morning inspiration and encouragement! Blogging has given me self-confidence I didn’t know I had. And I love the idea of potentially being my own boss.

    Can I just say that you are absolutely stunning?? Great style!

  • Sarah Bailey says:

    This is such a great post sometimes it really can be hard to believe in yourself and your brand. But we all really should.

  • emman damian says:

    I agree! Always invest in yourself. Let the unique beautiful you shine as always.

  • Tiffany H. says:

    I have never watched this show but it looks like it could be a good serious. I am currently investing my blog and its proved better already. Can you check your inbox messages on FB, I sent you a message several weeks ago.

  • Sanaa Brooks says:

    I still haven’t watched this show yet, but it’s on my Hulu watch list. Lol Thanks for the reminder though. I had a tough month last month, and now I’m getting back into it. (Even without a laptop today because someone took the wrong charger when he left this morning. Lol Ugh!)

  • Yessss to The Chi! Emmett and Brandon are my favorite characters. I love how you used the show to relate to real life.

  • Renee B. says:

    As I was considering what I wanted to write here, I tried to choose one of your points to focus on – one that really stood out. The problem is, they are all great points. The one thing I struggle with the most though is consistency. Getting up and doing it again tomorrow, only better. Like the quote says, “Writers don’t think about writing. Writers write.”

  • I live for success stories especially when they involve the hard work of someone. Who doesn’t like a self made story? Its motivation for anyone looking to pave their own path and stay true to their God given gifts and talents. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Ola says:

    What a creatively written post! So informative all around. I’m so glad I read this. It reminded me to take a look at CHI. I had no idea it was shown only on Showtime and am appreciative of the 30 day free trial.

  • Tash says:

    Great tips!! Consistency is key and probably the hardest for me. The struggle is real but I can’t give up! I’m always learning and striving to be better.

  • Bernetta says:

    I love the CHI! I’ve watched it every week. I’m from Chicago and this movie hits the culture on the head. I love the range in characters and it is a well-written show!

  • Carissa says:

    Great Post and definitely something that I needed to read right now. I was feeling a little discouraged earlier this week, but I will keep pushing!

  • Mimi Green says:

    I freaking loved The Chi. I’m sad to see it end but happy to know they are picked up for season 2. Being consistent is always going to get you results. Love your pics.

  • I don’t watch much TV so I’ve never seen The Chi, but with a 30 day trial it’s tempting! I agree with a lot of what you said – especially avoiding negativity! I also started years ago and that was the most negativity I encountered – when no one knew what a blog was or why they should care.

  • WorldInEyes says:

    do agree with most of your points..well glad you shared such valuable and interesting information with us..great work though..

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