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    Today, I spoke with Madison Hildebrand, who is a playboy, millionaire real estate mogul, author and much more.  Madison explores various topics from a very unique angle, including passion, perception and of course, brand.  We can learn a lot from someone who has been in the public eye in ways that Madison has, yet still remain true to ourselves and our own special personal brand.

    What are some triggers that might help someone activate their own passion?  What might help deactivate it?

    Yourpassion should sparkexcitement. It begins with accepting what makes you feel good.  Fear, on the other hand, can deactivate it.  Or complacency with routine.

    How were you able to build your brand, from real-estate to reality TV and now a book?  What lessons have you learned along the way and what’s next for you?

    Building my brand started with a certain high-end image. Everything with my name on it had to carry a certain brand image, including the car I drove and the clothes I wore.  Next, my integrity is the foundation to my brand.  My book and my appearance on reality TV are honest and real.  That image was important to me.

    If someone Google’s your name, the second result is your MySpace page.  Your page contains pictures of you in “Playgirl Magazine” amongst others.  Between everything else you do, has this had a positive or negative impact on your personal brand?

    (Smile).  Well, even my appearance in “Playgirl Magazine” was as tasteful as possible, given the publication.  Having my sexuality exploited on “Million Dollar Listing” allowed me to have a little fun with this photo shoot as well.  I think there may have been a few people who were offended by my photos, but they should not look if they don’t want to make a judgment.  We all live once, I have no regrets, life is too short not to have a little “frisky business” here and there.

    What are your five essential principles to finding your passion?

    The five essential principles to finding your passion begin with yourself.

    • 1) Make a list of the things you love to do. Then write next to each of those why you love to do those things.  Look for similarities and try to draw some conclusions.
    • 2) Next, ignore negative people and attitudes.  Focus only on what is coming from within your body and mind.
    • 3) Third, don’t define failure.  If you don’t have a definition of failure, then there is nothing to fear.
    • 4) Fourth, seek out positive situations and opportunities that may be connected with your passion(s).
    • 5) Lastly, persevere and DO your passion.  Make it happen and be ready for change.

    How do you go about forming your own mission statement?  Why is it important?

    Think of yourmission statement as youridentity. It is critical to write it down so you know what makes your brand different from others.  It should encompass all aspects of your life, beliefs, and characteristics.  It should portray who you are and who you would like to become.


    Madison Hildebrand is the author of “Activate YOUR Passion, Create YOUR Career: No matter who you are.”  He is achieving extraordinary goals in record-breaking time. Hildebrand, star of Bravo’s hit reality series “Million Dollar Listing,” is Malibu’s most wanted real estate mogul. Over the past 30 months, Hildebrand has sold over 80 million dollars in celebrity real estate earning him the self-proclaimed title “King of Malibu” and has been recognized in the top 2% of agents in the Coldwell Banker International family as well as recently earning the title of “Top Producing New Agent” at the Coldwell Banker Malibu West Office.

    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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