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What a crazy line!?! I mean the Sun is not small at all. But neither is your idea, your talent, or You. Have you had a feeling you are supposed to do something great in your life? That’s because you do. Is there something that you do as a hobby that you have been told you are fantastic at it? I am certain you have.  Have you ever wanted to have a business of your own, be the GO TO person in your family or at work? Even if it was a glimpse of a thought, you did. Are you writing and you are experiencing writers block ? It happens to the best of us. Well, I am here to say that you CAN DO IT. And you can do it by finding that speck that propels you.

If it wasn’t for the hottest days of the year and the brightest light that makes you wear a cap and sunglasses, you wouldn’t have known the Sun was there the whole time. The difference with other planets, such as Mars and Venus is that we need a telescope to see them, since they are only a speck in the sky at our distance, and they are only seen at night. Get this, we are a speck in the Galaxy we are in! We can practically go unoticed in our galaxy. Good thing,  you don’t have to go unnoticed or feel unnoticed in life.  

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By definition a speck  is “something appearing small by comparison or by reason of distance: Example “By then the town was just a speck.”

 Why a speck?

To the naked eye a speck is something small. At times microscopic or telescopic that in the right light or lens can be scene clearer and at times make a huge difference in perception. Your speck can be in your mind, or in your hands, and what you do. Start off by getting back in the groove, re-assert yourself, your achievements and accomplishments.

The idea of getting in the groove is to practice gaining momentum. Doesn’t that sound like brainstorming? Often getting in the groove, brainstorming will help you see another unexpected speck. Seeing things from a different perspective helps a lot. Sort of, when you are looking under a bed for a shoe and you see in the right light a little glimpse of glitter or reflecting item, and you now have an interest in what it is, so you reach for it. To me, that is very much like discovering the speck. You had it all this time, you just needed to see it in a better light and you take an interest in it. Moreover, you are in a different place in your life, which is a new perpective, you may allow yourself to be more open for a difference and that’s a whole other article by itself.  🙂 

So get started now. Write things down. Like what? You may ask. Well I have a few ideas:

  1. Journal everyday. Write down your thoughts goals dreams. Your accomplishments and the stories behind them. Make a list of your accomplishments. Don’t downplay your accomplishments.
  2. READ. You relax your mind reading and generate new thoughts from reading. And you never stop learning.The books you read become a good conversational piece at the right time.
  3. Join a Club related to your self-discovery. Surprise yourself, it may be fun, you learn from others and it’s great networking.
  4. Make a bucket list. And say “yes” to new experiences. Like  hobbies, clubs you want to check out, events, marathons or walkathons and volunteer work you would like to do. Then cross them off when you do them. I promise, you will learn through these experiences.
  5. Have a Visual of your ideas and wants in life. Never loose site of your goal.  Put up a poster and make a collage of cool things you might want to have.  Have cutouts or drawings of your ideas.
  6. Do the things you don’t want to do, that you have to do.  Often in the process of completing tasks that were in the back burner, you not only feel the sense of accomplishment, but your brain is working at a different pace and you get fresh ideas.   
  7. And document it. Needless to say, if someone else has a similar idea, the fact that you have documented will be your best point of defense, and a reminder of how wonderful you really are. 🙂

Next, share your stories of success. This will inspire you over and again. Not to mention, you will be noticed, your speck is now a Sun. 

The article that drove me

What drove me to write this article today was a good article by Alexandra Levit 9 Ways To Be a Powerful Woman. This article featured some fantastic points, but what caught my interest was Catherine Kaputa the founder of SelfBrand LLC, a personal branding strategist. What a brilliant person!

Catherine, like many of us was told “Work hard and that’s how you will move up in the world. It’s not what they say about you that is important.” And that’s when she had her “Aha” moment. She recognized that it wasn’t true, it is Hard work + Selfbranding = Success. It’s important to understand that if you don’t brand yourself, someone else will and it won’t be what you wish it was. And in the business world it is the “other people” that hire you, decide promote you, decide to include you as a team so it does matter what other people think. Perceptions in the market place of you are very important.  Therefore you need to brand yourself on a positive perceptions, so you can maximize who you are.

I thought “WOW, maximize who you are!” That doesn’t mean exagerate or brag who you are. It means to represent at the highest possible estimate, to make the greatest or fullest use of who you are! Leverage your aptitude. We need to NOT be afraid of speaking of ourselves in a positive way. Differentiate yourself, so you get noticed.

Catherines 3 Principles of SelfBrand

  1. Be Different.
  2. It’s what you do to the minds of others. It’s about perceptions.
  3. Think Outside – In. The reaction in the market place and what I have to do to get that reaction.

Buck up girls and boys! Analyze, and learn who you really are and what you want to do. Discover the speck and magnify YOU.

To learn more about Catherine Kaputa and her company go to: http://www.selfbrand.com/

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Am in this Workshop about Career Transitions, and the guy, Mr. Instructor is mentioning how Facebook can ruin your credibility and reputation. Now we know that and when we have a job some us don’t care and get away with it. However, when you are unemployed, making a transition in life and searching for employment, you Must be careful because Google, MSN, and My space can impose a on a big decision on getting hired.

How? You may ask. Well businesses are checking you out,riiiight? And they want to be sure the person their hiring is going to represent the company not only themselves. I mean, just be safe everything is happening online now. And you have to be very thoughtful, and careful. Just like think before you talk, think before you type.

ANYway…So back to the workshop. He says “you can friend us or “like” us (the company) on facebook or whatever page” and I pipe up with my funnies totally clean mind you, me being me, trying, TRYING–to be funny. Now, I am generally a quiet person, and when around people I try to be friendly with others to help them be comfortable because I was once shy, too. So I say “Yeah, I like you here too. (ha ha ha).  I can friend you on Linked in, Friend you on facebook, My space, I can basically like you here and not like you on facebook, I can also “like” you on MyFace, and I didn’t say “MyFace.com”” And again I got a group laugh. Now if you have read my blog “Puerto Rican Movers, you may have read about the cross-eyed crab story.  And here I am again. Something that I have joked a lot with and used before, like egg on my face. You know what? I think I will just blog on my new space called “MyEggOnMyFace.com” for everyone to share their embarrasment.

ANYways… he turned red and laughed to himself. And that is when I realized what I said and the back tracking was the saddest.

Me:”I can like you on my face.”

Him: (Nothing, grin, holding his laughter. Looking down to his paper)

Me: What? OH, no! I didn’t meant it that way. NO… I said that in combination of My Space and Facebook. That was not what I meant.

Him: “With that, I think it’s a good time for a break.”

Me:  Typing “OMG! I have done th biggest “fuax pa”. And I can’t take the words back!!! ARGH!!!

Me: Daggummit I spelled it wrong!!!! I need chocolate.

Happy Wednesday Everyone!

La Frau

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