The Power of Personal PR

December 11, 2007

Writing this post has to be one of the most difficult things I’ve done. Secondary to making the decision I’m about to announce, that is. So, I’ve decided to just come out and tell you. Because the truth is, I’m both excited and terrified at the same time.

 

I’m launching a new blog! There, it’s out.

 

To be honest, there are many reasons I’ve made this decision, and I can’t wait to share them with you. In the next few months, I’ll be posting about the process of launching a new blog, the ins and outs, the good, the bad and the ugly. I’ll also be blogging about other things, namely, how you can use the power of Personal PR to transform your career and build invaluable relationships.

What is Personal PR?
First, it’s the title of my new blog. Second, it’s a concept that I’ll be blogging about there. I’ll be covering most of the topics you’ve read here and adding a few new ones as well.

Where is Personal PR?
It’s actually located at tiffanymonhollon.com/blog. You can subscribe to my new RSS feed to get regular updates. If you happen to have a link to my site right now, it would really help me out if you could change it to the new URL to help get other people pointed there too!

What about Little Red Suit?
Building, writing and promoting this site has taught me so much about blogging, relationship-building and defining my niche. It’s also inspired me to pursue new research in the area of Personal PR and to make this incredible transition, and that’s because of the relationships I’ve built with each of you.

Thank You! The conversations, comments and ideas I’ve shared with readers and visitors like you have already transformed my life, my career and my plans. I hope you’ll follow me on this journey and continue sharing in the conversation with me.

I’m looking forward to it like you wouldn’t believe.

The Path to Personal Invention

September 10, 2007

The path to personal invention begins by answering this question:

If you knew you would not fail, what would you do right now?

The next step comes when you have the courage to do that very thing anyway, with no guarantees, no promises, no idea where that path is going to lead.

So, sit down. Take a minute to reflect. Write your answer out. Share it with someone. Talk about it.

And then, ask yourself if you have the guts to go for it.

If not, what’s in your way?

Well, folks, August is inventor’s month, according to various web sites that I Googled dutifully as I researched the veracity of this fact before posting it here, just to be sure.  Even if it weren’t, I think now would be as good a time as any to talk about invention.

But not just any invention. Your own personal invention. Yep. Inventing you.

Here’s why: I’ve hear a lot of young professionals talking about trying to figure things out. Life things. Job things. Career things. Future things. You know, things. As twentysomethings, thirtysomethings, we’re all in the thick of it.

 

And we’re a bit impatient. It seems the process of “discovering yourself” just takes too long. Young professionals don’t want to look back on life at fifty and say “I wish I’d known this then.” We don’t want to live our lives, form our careers, all to get to a place where we need to “reinvent” ourselves mid-life just to become what we always wanted to be. No thanks. So we reflect now, in our twenties, with our options open. But that, as it turns out, is a lot of pressure. So much, it can get a little overwhelming.

 

That’s where the quarter life crisis comes in. As a generation, we job hop. Even as we enter the workforce, we wonder about a career change, about grad school, about options. Waiting to discover yourself? It’s too passive. We won’t put up with it. We want to take action now, that’s the cry, the call. . . So where to begin?

 

It’s really a matter of dropping the “re” out of your picture of the future and inventing yourself now. You have the power. So, go for it. Pick something. Pursue it. Invent you. Because the truth is, you can invent yourself now or reinvent yourself later. Either way, reinvention is always an option. . . So, really, what do you have to lose?

In this spirit, I’m going to be highlighting some people who are great at personal invention. Many of them are young, not even twentysomethings yet themselves. Many are inventing themselves through blogs, start-up businesses and books. They’re not waiting to figure things out later, they’re inventing themselves now.

They’re Heroes of Personal Invention. Stay tuned!