What 10 And 1 Memes Can Teach You About Personal Branding


A meme is an idea that spreads from person to person within a culture, and on the Internet it often comes in form of an image with a phrase written over it. I bet you’ve seen them posted to Twitter or Tumblr, on Facebook or Pinterest. You may have passed them along in emails, sharing wisdoms with your friends. As banal they may be, there are still things you can learn from them. [tweet this] In this post, I’ll show you how to incorporate meme lessons into your personal branding activities.

1. Find out what you love to do

brandingIf you’re really passionate about what you do, everything will turn out just fine. Passion is the key ingredient in success, and when we do things that we really like to do, our performance will sooner or later be noticed by others. [tweet this]

Real passion can never be ignored, neither by yourself or by others. It’ll keep your energy levels high even when times are rough, it’ll take you through difficulties where others failed before and it’ll guide you down roads you never could imagine before you started to follow the path of your heart.

Go for passion and you can never fail.

2. Now is always a good time to rock

brandingSome of us were born famous and carry our talent like it came with a built in compass. Others are late bloomers who find our way later in life.

But it doesn’t matter when and where you find your cause. Or if you change your mind and career one or eleven times.

It’s never too late to rock the world. Whenever or wherever you begin to hear music in your heart, it’s always a good time to unleash your inner star. [tweet this]


3. The road to success is trying

brandingIf only… Do you recognize the world’s most common excuse for not pulling the plug?

Don’t fall into the trap of poor excuses! There will never be a perfect moment for anything, only for nothing. If you insist on waiting for it, you’ll probably die without being a bit closer to any of your dreams. That’s definitely worse than if you dared and failed.

The road to success is trying. [tweet this] Grab any moment and make it work for you.


4. Become a force to be reckoned with

brandingI used to be a good girl. I always performed well, always above good. Still, many times I felt that my accomplishments remained unnoticed at work.

I decided to change the game plan. So I set up a blog and social media accounts. I shared coherent content and made myself a name online. I contributed anywhere and everywhere. I got a book contract and job opportunities.

To make a long story short, I became a force to be reckoned with. I became that kind of good that can’t be ignored. And the best part is that you can be it too! [tweet this]

5. Celebrate your life journey

brandingThe best biography you ever read wasn’t a list of accomplishments. It was a story about a life with all its ups and downs. Right?!

Don’t measure your success or value in terms of ability to go from A to B without deviations. Measure it according to experiences. No matter if they were good or bad; what you’ve gone through is what shaped you into the person you are today.

Make sure the book of your life will be worth reading. [tweet this] And the best way to accomplish that, is to actually live in it!

6. Let go of the demeaning words


Especially women tend to undermine themselves with their words.

“This is a little something I’ve been working on”, “I actually have a question”, “I haven’t researched this much but …” These sentences sound insecure and shrinks their power. Skip words as little, but, just and actually and start to think and act big instead of minimizing yourself down to almost nothing.

Your thoughts, ideas and actions are as important as anyone’s, and once you start to believe and communicate accordingly, it’ll also shape the way you are perceived by others. [tweet this]

7. Quit your job

brandingThe headline above does probably appear a bit controversial to some. However, it’s not as risky as it seems.

The text on the meme says it all: do what you love and it doesn’t feel like work. [tweet this] If you are passionate about your job, you won’t start each day with a countdown of the working hours. Instead, you will start it by feeling joy.

This might sound as a cliché, but life is too short to be boring. Bring in some zest!

8. Stand up for yourself

brandingOther people might not agree on everything you think or applause everything you do. So what?! You don’t always tie in with everybody’s ideas either, and that’s pretty much okay.

Don’t let others steer your life just because you feel obligated to please them. Don’t let the opinions of narrow minded people tear you to parts. [tweet this]

Protect your own beliefs. And remember that the only person with a veto in your life is you.

9. Find your inner royal highness

brandingDignity along with integrity are two important parts when you’re about to develop a solid personal brand or a professional stance for yourself.

Keep your head high, (it’s not the same as giving yourself airs), and never stop believing in yourself. If you always wear your invisible crown, people will eventually begin to see it too.

Act like a royalty and you’ll be treated like one. [tweet this]


10. Be awesome all the time

brandingWe all should live by the 80/20 rule that says twenty percent of your input contribute to eighty percent of the outcome.

If you can identify what actions of yours that really matter, you could stop doing meaningless stuff and spend more time doing things that make you awesome.

Take your time to find out what it is. Ask your co-workers, family and friends for advice, but most important of all – follow that inner voice of yours that tells you how to be the best you can be. [tweet this]

11. And if that doesn’t help…

brandingThis isn’t what your life coach would tell you. But fact is, if anything else fails, you can at least wear a better dress or a nicer suit than those who conquered you. [tweet this]

Looking swell isn’t so bad after all. It helps you to feel better about yourself while you gather and regroup for the next battle.

And it sure will impress on some along the way.


tl;dr [too long, didn’t read]


Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde [tweet this]

About the author

Anna Rydne is an award winning and highly skilled communications specialist with +13 years of experience in the field of internal and external communication, PR and marketing. What distinguishes her from others in her field of expertise is that she treats communication as entertainment. It's simple to explain why: if it isn't funny or relevant enough, people switch channel. Anna has a special interest in personal branding and she believes the road to success is trying. Based in Stockholm, Sweden, she's determined to uncover the secrets of how successful people and companies communicate. She tweets about all things comms, social media and marketing @CoSkills and writes for SteamFeed.com once a month. She holds a bachelor's degree in psychology. Contact her at communicateskills@gmail.com.

5 Responses to What 10 And 1 Memes Can Teach You About Personal Branding

  1. What a great post, Anna. Love this!

  2. Soundar Rajan says:

    A great post to motivate students and others.

  3. Gunilla Kling Andersson says:

    Like this post a LOT. Will Share.

  4. Andrea Crego says:

    Regarding #6: Any time I hear someone unnecessarily apologizing, I stop them! Recently, a server in a restaurant who was new and doing a great job apologized for making us wait. I told her right then, “never apologize unless you stepped on somebody’s foot! You are doing great. Just acknowledge if there really is a delay, smile, and carry on.”

  5. Bridgett R says:

    I feel very fortunate to have stumbled across you site! Your postings are down to earth, refreshing, and relative to what I (amd I’m sure many others!) need to be reminded of. Great postings and great site! Thank you!!

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