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    Here is a list of forty personal branding quotes that I’ve come up with over the past three years. Feel free to use them on your website, as long as you link back to this post and cite my name. I hope they inspire you, make you reflect on your own life, or make you put your ideas into action today.

    If you have a quote you would like to add, please leave it in the comments section of this post.

    1. “Brand yourself for the career you want, not the job you have.”
    2. “By focusing entirely on your personal brand, you become unemployable.”
    3. “Create your own career, instead of letting your company do it for you.”
    4. “If you want to be known for everything, you’ll be known for nothing.”
    5. “When you have passion, expertise and a support system, you can do anything!”
    6. “Make your life one giant networking event.”
    7. “You have to be as committed to your personal brand as you are to your husband or wife.”
    8. “Just like content is king on the internet, your experience is king when it comes to getting a job.”
    9. “In order to succeed in the new world of work you MUST become the commander of your career.”
    10. “Be the real you because everyone else is taken and replicas don’t sell for as much.”
    11. “As technology rapidly changes, your personal brand remains constant.”
    12. “The best way to become successful is to make others successful first.”
    13. “What makes you weird, makes you unique and therefore makes you stand out.”
    14. “If you don’t know what you bring to the table, you don’t get a seat there.”
    15. “Life is one big pitch, so you better start practicing.”
    16. “Your blog is your space…completely yours to do with whatever you want.”
    17. “To succeed, you must be the best at what you do for a specific audience.”
    18. “The first opportunities are the hardest to obtain because everyone wants to view your past performance.”
    19. “You are the chief marketing officer for the brand called you, but what others say about your brand is more impactful than what you say about yourself.”
    20. “To secure your brand, spend more of your time networking outside of your company than within.”
    21. “It’s what you do that makes you who you are and how you project that to others that makes you memorable.”
    22. “When it comes to the web, you are judged solely on what is observable.”
    23. “Proficiency in social media is a differentiator now, but will soon be a qualifier.”
    24. “The goal of personal branding is to be recruited based on your brand, not applying for jobs.”
    25. “You won’t succeed in marketing a poor personal brand.”
    26. “When you brand yourself properly, the competition becomes irrelevant.”
    27. “Visibility creates opportunities.”
    28. “If a resume was the deciding factor in recruitment, there would never be a need for interviews.”
    29. “The divide between interviewing for a position and actually working at a company will close thanks to employer branding.”
    30. “Social media will expose people who have bad intentions and reward people who are trying to make a positive impact on the world.”
    31. “It’s not the size of your network, but how you use it.”
    32. “In order to be successful tomorrow, you must sacrifice today.”
    33. “Lead with your brand and let the compensation follow.”
    34. “Any new opportunity or experience can change your life.”
    35. “As professional and personal lives converge, those who are authentic and transparent will triumph.”
    36. “When you are passionate about your job, it becomes a hobby.”
    37. “The most successful networkers give value before receiving.”
    38. “The reciprocal nature of networking establishes a relationship instead of a one-night-stand.”
    39. “Passion is personal branding fuel.”
    40. “Your name and face carry your brand in both reality and virtual reality, such that wherever they are cited, your personal brand is at stake.”
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    Dan Schawbel is the Managing Partner of Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research and consulting firm. He is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success (St. Martin’s Press) and the #1 international bestselling book, Me 2.0: 4 Steps to Building Your Future (Kaplan Publishing), which combined have been translated into 15 languages.

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    17 comments on “40 Personal Branding Quotes
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      I’m a big fan of quotes. Many of my quotes are for Personal Branding.

      “Give yourself permission to be the best, highest version of yourself.”

      “Don’t hide what makes you different.”

      “Accept people for who they are. Accept yourself, without judgment, as you are.”

      More:
      http://altaeeblog.com/quote-me-2

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      Interesting thoughts here! I especially like this one: “If you don’t know what you bring to the table, you don’t get a seat there.”

      My thoughts on personal branding: “Those with strong personal brands have enough confidence to help others build up theirs.”

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      Thanks for the quotes, Dan. Since I am seriously unemployed…serious about finding my best next opportunity I related to your branding message in finding a job sooner than later. A strong creditable personal brand makes all the difference.

      Here’s my version on a few of your thoughts noted by by the numbered list:

      13. Hiring authorities don’t want to know how much you are like other candidates but how you are distinct and different.
      15. You are never NOT networking.
      21. “It’s what you [BE] that makes you who you are and how you project that to others that makes you memorable.”
      22. 99.9% of what you put on the Internet is 100% public.
      27. Rarely does the best qualified candidate get hired, but the best packaged and promoted.
      31. The most direct path to a new job is a relationship with another person.
      33. In salary negotiation determine the value of your work before setting the price.

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      Ken DeGilio says:

      Great job on this important work, Dan. There is at least one book full of stories for each of these quotes.

      I put together a presentation with these quotes to discuss in my Business Storytelling and Brand Development class tomorrow!

      Thanks, Ken DeGilio

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      Mandy Queen says:

      Thanks for this great post, I’ve just started my business so they are a good reminder to me!

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      yinka olaito says:

      Thanks for these Dan. My thought ‘you do not excel through wishing, you must discover, craft and continually fuel your personal brand’

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      EXPERT

      Great post, I love “The most successful networkers give value before receiving.”

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      Sara Canaday says:

      Thank you for providing a substantive list of worthy personal branding quotes. I’d like to share one more:

      “Espoused-but-unlived brands create cynicism because they promise what they do not deliver” – from Norm Smallwood

      Thank you,
      Sara Canaday

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      Tami Heim says:

      Great job filling up the buffet table, Dan. Perfect spread for a tweet feast.
      Think I will enjoy them one at a time for the next 40 days.
      I always appreciate and look forward to your daily insights.
      Thanks!

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      Tiffany says:

      These are really great quotes and guides to a successful path. Thanks Dan for the insight! I’ll be sure to share these with all of my colleagues!

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      Tiffany says:

      Thanks Dan for the insight! These really are great quotes and i’ll be sure to pass them along to my colleagues!

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      I love lists. You can print them out and use them as a checklist.

      This is some good research to compile a list like that.

      My personal favorite: “If you want to be known for everything, you’ll be known for nothing.” niche, niche, niche

      We enjoyed reading this post today and decided to include it in the DAILY TOP 10 ARTICLE BLOG at bizsuccessdigest.com

      Keep ‘em coming Dan.

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      EXPERT

      I love the collection Dan – I’d love to add one quote of mine re Personal Branding: “Dare to be yourself, don’t plagiarize your identity to please others!”
      Always an inspiration Dan, thanks for sharing!

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      A lot of people can tell you “what” to do but very, very few can tell you “why” they do “what” they do!!!

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      “When it comes to the web, you are judged solely on what is observable.” – this couldn’t be more TRUE! I’ve stirred many debates and uncertainty over the past 2 years through just being me. I’m a naturally goofy, easy going, outgoing person, but for those who don’t personally know me and see an off the wall tweet, they don’t understand. You have to be extremely careful about your choice of words and actions online, because you can only be judged by what people can see on a screen through words.

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      massigit says:

      nice post sir.. i need this article. thanks..

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      Evelyn says:

      Well done, that’s why I enjoy helping my clients congruence their external& internal brand and they can feel such a powerful change within themselves!

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