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Simply Changing My LinkedIn Bio Changed My Priorities: Try It For Yourself.

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I regularly give talks on social media and the importance of LinkedIn for professionals and entrepreneurs. Last week I decided to take some of my own medicine.

I’ve had the same LinkedIn bio for the last three years. I decided it was time to audit my profile.

This task seemed routine until I took a birds-eye view of what I’d just done.

At the end of changing my LinkedIn status, I realized the following:

– I’m a different person
– My values have changed
– I now have a real sense of clarity
– I know what I want
– I know my value

“Many LinkedIn bio’s are nothing more than a used car salesman’s brochure about how good they are”

Reading my old bio.

I saw the person I was three years ago. I was lost and looking for significance and meaning. I thought that being associated with tech was cool.

Now, three years on, my new bio has made me realize the following:

1. Finding out who you are is cool
2. Knowing your value and your strengths is cool
3. Being crystal clear on your goals is cool
4. Seeing the growth you’ve gone through is cool

A new bio showed me growth.

The original bio was trying to play it safe. It talked about being an intrapreneur instead of an entrepreneur because I was worried about what the people I work with might think.

Maybe if people think I’m an entrepreneur, then they will be fearful of me leaving or stealing their good ideas to go off and do a startup again.

Maybe if I sound like too much of an expert, then people will ask me to do public speaking about my passion. Three years ago, public speaking was the scariest thing in the world to me. Not anymore.

Maybe if I show too much emotion, then people will think I’m weak. Wrong again Timbo. Raw emotion attracts people to your mission. People are crying out to feel something and be move and influenced by emotion. Showing raw emotion takes courage.

Job titles, money and status became almost meaningless.

My original bio was all about fancy job titles, my status in society as some sort of tech guru and money. Three years on, multiple near-death experiences including a cancer scare, made me all see the truth: what matters is how you lived and who you’ve become.

“No one remembers job titles, but everyone remembers the sort of person you are”

Don’t be a knob. Entitlement, ego and being pretentious will repel everything good that you have the opportunity to grab for yourself.

It’s not about you.

The three-year-old bio was about me and how good I was. The new bio is not about me at all. The new bio is about how I can serve. The new bio is about putting out positivity and life-changing concepts into the world. A bio should tell someone more than just who you are.

My priorities became super simple.

The old bio said I was a jack of all trades, master of none. I said in the old bio I was a banker, tech expert, intrapreneur, entrepreneur, blogger, business expert, coach and god knows what else. It was just too messy. Three years on, the new bio is crystal clear: I’m a blogger and I work with tech companies.

Two things – short and sweet.

Talking in my voice is now a priority.

Reading through the old bio, it didn’t sound like my voice. There was no “mate, pal, buddy, cowboy” – none of that. Those words are who I am. That’s how I talk.

The ridiculous corporate language I used in the original bio to try and sound impressive was having the opposite effect. It didn’t sound like me and so that’s why it had to go. Having your online voice match your real-world voice makes a difference.

Who you are online should reflect who you are in real-life.

Drop the mask. Stop trying to sound smart. Be you at all costs.

Purpose became the new center of attention.

My new bio features my two-line vision for the world. It takes center stage and I don’t shy away from it. I used to have my vision hidden from my professional career out of fear that people may laugh at it. It’s grandiose, inspiring, in your face, bold and vulnerable.

Now I don’t care. I share this two-line vision everywhere I go. I wear it as a badge of honor. Your purpose in life and in your career is not something to hide. Who cares what people think. It’s your vision so you should own it. It’s how you attract the right people in your life.

***Final Thought***

Writing your bio for any social media channel or website is a powerful exercise. I recommend doing it often as an exercise in revealing how much you’ve grown over time. Writing a bio gives you clarity and helps define who you are right now and who you hope to become.

My priorities have changed and they are now clear thanks to my new bio.

Try writing a new bio for yourself and let me know how you go.

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Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship.You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.com

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10 Tips to Deal With Negativity While Starting a Business

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There are ups and downs in business but fearing failures can stop you from taking your first step towards excellence. With pandemic on tow, aspiring entrepreneurs feel a little stuck when ideating a business prospect. Here, we give you some actionable tips to deal with negativity while starting a business, even during situations like a pandemic. We also took the liberty to throw in some amazing book recommendations that’ll help you enjoy the process of being positive and achieving your business goals.

10 Tips to deal with negativity while starting a business in a pandemic

1. Get a mentor

The first thing to do as a new business owner is to find the right kind of mentor. That person could be someone in your industry or in general who you look up to. The guidance must be apt for your business, and it should be a mutual responsibility of sharing knowledge. 

2. Two big R’s – Routine and Refresh

Made a mess of something? Try to reboot the situation and make it work. Take a break once in a while and refresh yourself if you feel stuck or your ideas feel mundane. Plan a routine and stick to them – both personal and professional. Having a routine can increase productivity and engage in more activities apart from your pre-planned schedule. 

3. Inculcate problem-solving mentality

Do not panic once you are thrown a problem. Arrange a meeting with the respective party, listen to both sides of the stories, and make a decision that is more realistic and feasible. 

4. Hire half and half

Whenever you hire someone for your business. Make sure that half of the people contradict your ideas, and the other half have the same mindset as yours. The people who contradict can bring in more valuable points and their perspective might take the discussion to a whole new level.  Don’t take too much time finding the perfect one. Hire an apt person who can have the right attitude. 

5. Network, Network, and Network

Find like-minded people and mingle with them. Be more sportive in the learning process. Listen more and talk less – if you are a beginner. You can only be a constructive person who gives input to someone if you have listened to everyone’s point of view. If you feel down, your network might have something to uplift your mood and change your perspective on something. 

“Negativity, in general, is one of the things that holds people back, and you have to see what’s holding you back to get away from it.” – Lucy Dacus

6. Tech-savvy personnel

Learn a thing or two about the latest technology that you implement in your organization. Since the world revolves around technology, make sure your administrative authority knows as well.  

7. Don’t schedule a meeting, that could have been an email

Yes! I said it. Having unnecessary meetings will weaken the purpose of having a constructive discussion. Having back-to-back meetings drains the team members and yourself too. Always have a 10 to 15 minutes break between each meeting to feel refreshed and give your 100%. 

8. Have a pros and cons list

Always, I mean always have a pros and cons list. Let’s say one of your team members pitch an idea to improve the marketing strategies starting next month. Jot down the pros and cons before approving or rejecting it point-blank. It’s a systematic way of making a decision. 

9. Track your finances

Even if you have a team of accountants and auditors, make sure that you are present (both mentally and physically) – learn if you are not aware of it. Trusting your employees is a must, but not overseeing the records is a mistake that should be avoided. 

10. Remember your “why?”

At some point in your hectic schedule or not having ME time can get to you. During those tough times – ask yourself – “Why am I doing this?”. If you can answer this question with a valid explanation, you’ll feel energized. Because “A purpose drives you”. 

5 Best books to read to be more positive as an entrepreneur

Reading always puts me into perspective. Therefore, I took some liberty to give a sample of positivity and determination through words. 

These are the 5 books that’ll guide you to be a more positive and successful entrepreneur. 

  1. Attitude is everything by Jeff Keller – The decisions you make, the routine you set for yourself, and the affirmations you say to yourself every day are going to make a huge difference. If you feel tired, hopeless, and quitting – then this book is for you to boost you up!
  2. Mindset: The new psychology of success by Carol Dweck – You do what you think. In this book, the author talks about two mindsets: The growth mindset and the fixed mindset and what they’ll do to you respectively. She helps you recognize your mindset and change it for the better. 
  3. Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen – This book is about technology uprisings all over the world and businesses that adopted and implemented technology in their firm. The author teaches you that just because your competitors and others are adopting something into their businesses doesn’t mean that you have to as well. Make an informed decision. 
  4. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen – This book specifically is about the power of thought and how it shapes your life into a more meaningful and fulfilling one.
  5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – The author talks about how people always keep thinking about what the future holds but then forget to live and enjoy the present. And also helps us understand how to make decisions more efficiently based on the present. 

Working towards inner balance requires consistency and perseverance. So does hard and smart work. Being negative is a part of our lives. It’s important to channel it appropriately and make things happen despite the roller coaster ride that is our lives. Hope you overcome your fears and negativity to shine bigger and brighter. Cheers! 

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Defining Your Own Success: A Step by Step Guide

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Everyone wants success in their lives, but success can be defined in so many different ways that it can sometimes seem daunting. In this blog post, you will learn how to make success easier for yourself by defining what success means to you. (more…)

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5 Characteristics of Athletes You Need for Business Success

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Michigan State basketball coach, Tom Izzo, wrote “Players play. Tough players win.” I would add to that, “It’s tough to win.”I think if you, as a leader, are looking to build an organization that is successful – that wins – you first have to accept that it will be tough. There are no shortcuts to success. In my 44 years of coaching, I was fortunate to coach a lot of tough players. I believe the toughness I have seen in athletes corresponds well to any organization or business. (more…)

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5 Changes in Your Habits That Will Help You Thrive

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We’ve all found ourselves at the bottom at least once in our lives. We thought that everything’s ruined and there’s no going back. The truth is – there’s always going back. Moreover, it takes one to fall many times and feel like everything’s ruined to succeed in life. (more…)

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