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Build and Live Your Personal Brand Reputation

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Posted by Eamonn Percy - The Percy Group

on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 12:26

Screen Shot 2017-03-21 at 12.03.43 PM"The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear." - Socrates
 

How often have we held certain feelings toward someone without really understanding why? Those feelings or perceptions are the brand reputation you associate with that person, and result from all of your interactions with them over time. They can be feelings of love, trust, integrity and hard work, or of deceit, mistrust and pain. Whatever they are, we unconsciously are creating our brand every moment of the day through the little things we think, say and do.
 
These little daily thoughts, words and actions build our self-image, which ultimately manifests itself as outward actions. Over time, people reflect these actions back upon us, reinforcing our self-image and personal brand. Product brands are skillfully crafted to project a certain image in the marketplace, for the sole purpose of creating enduring value. Keep these same goals in mind when creating your personal brand.
 
A great personal brand can significantly leverage your efforts and magnify your accomplishments, as people will have a higher level of certainty in you by trusting your brand; therefore, this enables you to accomplish more in less time and with less effort. Your brand will precede you, enabling others to confidently recommend you or your services, knowing that you will not only deliver, but your strong brand will enhance them as well. Finally, a strong personal brand is a great way of reinforcing our own behaviors, as it provides a reference point against which we can benchmark our actions throughout the day.
 
Here’s how to build and maintain a superior personal brand:
 
Make a Short List of the Character Traits that You Feel Are Most Important in Your Personal Brand. Write them down and read them daily. Remind yourself why they are important and seek to live those traits in all of your interactions.
 
Seek the Right Environment. Keep the company of people who will reinforce your personal brand and enable you to focus on your strengths, thereby making it easier to live your brand promise.
 
Invest in Your Personal Brand. Make a commitment to personal development, educational advancement and top-quality infrastructure for the home and office, and then invest strategically in those areas. This will give you a lifetime return on your hard-earned personal brand.
 
Recall that a Reputation Takes a Lifetime to Build and Only a Moment to Lose. Try to avoid those situations that can destroy your personal brand, particularly in this age of instant and mass communication, social media and digital sharing.
 
Reputation is truly your own and can be the single biggest factor that contributes to success in health, wealth and family. Why? Because your reputation is what determines how others both perceive you and decide to work with you, before any actual interaction with you. It is the great invisible lever that can leave you on the ground or lift you to great heights.

By Eamonn Percy



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Now That Everyone's Been Pushed into Risky Assets...

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Posted by Of Two Minds

on Monday, 20 March 2017 07:53

global-assets1-17If we had to summarize what's happened in eight years of "recovery," we could start with this: everyone's been pushed into risky assets while being told risk has been transformed from something to avoid (by buying risk-off assets) to something you chase to score essentially guaranteed gains (by buying risk-on assets).

The successful strategy for eight years has been buy the dips because risk-on assets always recover and hit new highs: housing, stocks, bonds, bat guano futures--you name it.

Those who bought the dip in hot housing markets have seen spectacular gains since 2011. Those who bought every dip in the stock market have been richly rewarded, and those buying bonds expecting declining yields have until recently logged reliable gains.

The only asset class that's lower than it was in 2011 is the classic risk-off asset: precious metals.

Investors who avoided risk-on assets--stocks, bonds, REITs (real estate investment trusts) and housing in hot markets--have been clubbed, while those who piled on the leverage to buy every dip have been richly rewarded.

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Is recent Stock Market Rally Real or a Blow-off Top?​​​​​​

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Posted by Chris Vermeulen & John Winston: Modest Money

on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 07:24

Is-Recent-Stock-Market-Rally-Real-or-a-Blow-off-Top

The U.S. stock market remains in a full-blown bull market with President Trump re-energizing the base.  The U.S. stock market has temporarily become overbought and is likely due for a pause before the next new impulse wave up resumes.

My research indicates…

This Bull Market is not over. After this, it will move much higher!

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Courtesy of  TMTF service

The chart, displayed below, is an overbought/oversold indicator which when it pushes above +100 or below -100, respectively, the indicator will hit its’ extreme point.  The market then respond to it which indicates a change in the market’s trend.



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How Much Money You Should Have Saved at Every Age

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Posted by Kimmie Greene - Intuit

on Sunday, 12 March 2017 06:17

Saving-Money-288x300By age 30: Have the equivalent of your annual salary saved. If you earn $50,000 a year, aim to have $50,000 in savings when you hit 30.

By age 35: Have twice your annual salary saved.

By age 40: Have three times your annual salary saved.

By age 45: Have four times your annual salary saved.

By age 50: Have five times your annual salary saved.

By age 55: Have six times your annual salary saved.

By age 60: Have seven times your annual salary saved.

By age 65: Have eight times your annual salary saved.

....continue reading HERE



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Bill Gross: Show Me The Money

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Posted by Holly LaFon via GuruFocus.com

on Friday, 10 March 2017 06:29

Money Dollars InvestThe latest Investment Outlook from Janus Capital's Bill Gross

"School days" inexorably continue at the Gross household, not just because of grandchildren, but because of the necessity to teach my own kids the complexities and pitfalls of investing. As I get older, I fear I may unduly introduce them to a 1930s Will Rogers warning about losing money: "I'm not so much concerned about the return on my money," he wrote, "but the return of my money." "Don't lose it" is my first and most important conceptual lesson for them despite the Trump bull market and the current "animal spirits" that encourage risk, as opposed to the preservation of capital.

Recently I also explored with them the concept of financial leverage -.....continue reading HERE

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