December 10, 2009 I met my art teacher Ms. Samera. She was my teacher at the primary school before 20 years ago. She still lived in Baghdad where no day passed without hundreds of innocent people passed away because of terrorist attacks. How sad
Once she came my home and met my mother, she started remembering the old days, she said I still remember where he sit in the class and how he chant the Iraqi national anthem. She remembered what differentiate me from others, in today’s dictionary: She Remembered my Personal Brand.
We went through different conversations and how life is changing too fast. I explained how technology has changed our life and how we able to communicate immediately with anyone in the world in seconds. Then, we went into discussion of people’s values and how that changed as everybody becomes busy with the internet, she said:
Despite of the technologies and modern life we are living today, there are values that we built into you, what you do behind that is a reflection of your core values.
That is the best quote I heard since years and its totally right. If your parents build the right values or brand attributes in you then your job is keep them because you own our life and brand. If you control your life offline then you can control it online. Its all depends on YOU.
Some people started to hell personal branding recently because its scaring people from doing online activities. Well, here is my say to them. If you have the right values and you own your life then nobody can scary you because everything is authorized by you, all your actions and behaviors are approved by you. If you did something stupid online then its your problem. They already remind not preventing you.
I think some people luck having control of their life so they start to blame others. Its all about your core values whether you are online or offline. Anything you do online is a reflection of your offline values if you are authentic to self.
Remember: You are the only one who has a full control of your reputation management system.
Andre Agassi made sensational confession recently that he lied to the tennis authorities to escape a ban for taking hard drugs. Yes, he was authentic with the confession but his reputation system got a new negative record. He has the control of that record. Many examples are there: Tiger woods, David Letterman, etc.
I can go more with the post but Ms. Samera’s lesson was clear even she didn’t use the Internet one day. Thank you for being my teacher. I love you.