What’s In a Name?

nameLate night public access tv: the best thing to put a brain in overdrive, to sleep. I was watching Miss Suze Orman deliver the keys to success for an enterprising woman and her last tip, the most poignant one, was to “Say Your Name”. She argues that a man doesn’t have to worry about his formal title, while a female often hesitates to address another as Miss, Mrs, or Ms. On top of that, a woman’s name, a married woman’s name, is often lost to her husbands: Mrs Anthony Hamilton, for example.

I have to admit that saying my name is often something that I rush through or mumble over. I don’t savor the moment or deliver my name with a level of positive energy that lets people know what I am all about. Ladies, say your name today. Say it with pride and with distinction.

As I lay there after the program was over, I thought about why it is that women struggle to relish in their accomplishments or embrace their intellectual power. A few weeks ago I was asked to write a personal biography and only came up with about four sentences (and that’s on the high end!). If I can’t write about myself, then how will someone else?

There is something deeper here, ladies. Deeply rooted psychological concerns where women place themselves second and feel as though they do not deserve the credit that is due to them. I’m reading and researching now articles about personal branding, the idea that people and their careers are marked by a ‘brand’. What I have discovered is that personal branding goes hand in hand with finding out who you are as a person. Once you do that or are introduced to the “true you”, you can create a ‘brand’ for yourself and increase your chances of success.

It’s not self-improvement, it’s self-packaging and it will make you a successful enterprising woman.


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