6 Lessons Young Professionals can Learn from Rob & Blac Chyna’s Relationship

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Hello there!

If you know me, you would know that I know entirely way too much about pop culture. Most of it is useless and used for entertainment purposes only. However, sometimes the powers that be drop a couple of gems that can serve as productive, life lessons.

If you have been anywhere near social media lately, you will know that a whirlwind of Kardashian drama has hit the airwaves once again. I will spare you the time and insanity of going through the timeline and instead provide you with a link to divulge as you please -> goo.gl/ZvRcB4

The truth of the matter is today the drama will be about Rob & Chyna, and next week there will be a whole new wave of people and drama that grasps the attention of millions. Like it or not, we live in a very connected world due to technology and it is easy to get sucked in. However, all entertainment doesn’t have to be useless.

Even if you aren’t entertained by the constant barrage of new gossip, I’m sure you can still learn a thing or two from this list. Or, possibly re-enforce some of your own professional beliefs.

Here are six solid things a young professional can learn from Rob & Blac Chyna’s public relationship:

  1. What you put on social media can haunt you forevaaa *Cardi B Vocals

Ever since the beautiful technology of the “screenshot” stepped into the spotlight, nothing you text or post is safe. It’s a press of maybe two buttons and you can consider your message, video or photo saved indefinitely. That’s why it’s important to watch what you post and say. You may think it’s all fun and games until it comes to bite you in the butt. When it is that time to apply to a job, ask for a referral or make a new business connection, you can almost be sure someone is looking at your social media accounts. Unfortunately, there are few ways to hide your digital footprint effectively.

  1. Don’t make permanent decisions off temporary feelings

Some actions can’t be reversed or changed just because your feelings towards someone or something changes. Be conscious of making decisions with a clear mind. Take time to think about the consequences of your actions to hopefully avoid many unchangeable regrets. Quitting your job because your lunch break got cut by 5 minutes, one time isn’t really the smartest move to make when you’re living paycheck to paycheck.

  1. If a person shows you who they are, believe them the first time

It’s not hard to read people if you pay attention to their actions. If it is someone you are around on a consistent basis, time will reveal who they truly are. Once you are shown this, take note and act accordingly. Sometimes your intuition saves you the time and speaks for itself. When this happens, listen to that undeniable gut feeling. The workplace is full of people who you may not get along with or mesh with, but you can still be cordial, firm and unattached.

  1. If you don’t establish your limitations for respect, someone will for you

If you allow yourself to be talked down to and disrespected, most people will do just that. You must establish your boundaries and make sure they are clearly stated. I’ve seen many people taken advantage of in the workplace because they simply do not know their worth. If you don’t value yourself and allow others to put a price tag on your worth, you will be treated per their scale. It is essential to know your worth and defend it, if need be.

  1. Secure your assets before making risky decisions

As millennials, we are always looking for the next big thing. Our eyes are always on what can make us bigger, brighter, better and hopefully richer. However, you should make sure that while making your next move, you have built a solid foundation to grow on. Make sure you can survive financially and emotionally before you make decisions that could leave you in an undesirable position.

  1. Don’t burn bridges that you may need to cross later

There are some people you are going to have to deal with rather you like it or not. This is not an excuse for you to allow people to cross you or disrespect you. However, sometimes you have to put on your grown up panties and leave petty-betty at home. If you are in a predicament that exposes you to someone that you don’t like for an extended period, it’s better to leave the shade at home and just do what you got to do without the added drama. Especially if it is a job that you are getting paid to do, it’s no use in burning a bridge that will have to stay burning for years to come. You can stand firm in your opinions, thoughts, and ideas without going low for your temporary satisfaction.

& That’s all folks! Hope you enjoyed!

Signed,

ART simply Undone

Know thy brand. Build thy brand. Protect thy brand.

Branding

Who are you? What makes you unique? What do people think when your name is mentioned in a professional setting? Do you even think about things like this? Well you should, because rather you want to admit it or not, you are a brand. It doesn’t matter if you want to have a career in a Fortune 500 or own your own business, knowing and understanding your brand is one of the most important things you can do as a professional.

Know thy Brand
So, what exactly is a brand? A brand is an identifier that separates you from everyone else. Being professional is not a brand. Being successful is not a brand. Being a highly creative, upbeat young marketer is brand. Being a stylish, zookeeper who always wears red is a brand. Being an outstanding photo realism tattoo artist is a brand. I could go on.

Knowing your brand is knowing yourself. Your brand is who you are. All you need to do is learn to define your brand and make sure you are consistently meeting the standards you have created for yourself. Professionally, this is very important; especially when you are looking to branch out into new endeavors, you need to know who you are in order to sell your brand to potential employers, clients and customers. From an interview to a sales pitch, people need to believe you and believe in you to get the job done.

Build thy Brand
Building a brand is the same as building trust. Be a trustworthy brand. When people decide to purchase a new Mercedes-Benz, they aren’t just buying a car but investing in a luxurious, quality vehicle. Through branding and history of producing expensive, quality products , it is hard to dispute their brand.

So, do people seem hesitant or standoff-ish when you tell them who you are? Do you have the evidence/experience to back up your brand? Is it authentic or is it just an act? If it’s an act, sooner or later, the true you will come out, thus creating doubt for the people who may have once believed in your brand. It is your job to know your brand, be your brand and sell your brand. It needs to be believable.

Protect thy Brand

Protecting your brand is just as important as knowing and building your brand. It can take years to build a brand and one minute to ruin it. That is why it is important to be aware of how you present yourself, both personally and professionally. Many people have ruined their professional brand because of something they have done in their personal lives. I am a big advocate of separating your personal and professional life, but sometimes the two collide and you need to be aware and conscious of that possibility.

So, do you know your brand? If not, ask yourself, what about me stands out the most? Even take the time to ask colleagues what they think your brand is. From that point, start being able to articulate who you are. Make sure your actions match that description. Your brand is who you are now, not who you want to be in the future.

Then, build your brand through your actions. As you go through this process, protect your brand and continue to develop it. Everyday brands gain popularity, decrease in klout  and some even disappear. The good thing about marketing and branding is that there is almost always an avenue for redemption. So, good luck and may your brand forever flourish!

Working, Marketing, Networking, Being Professional… It’s all work and I’m working on it.

Signed,

ART simply Working on it.

How I stayed employed while unemployed

Note: This is an older blog post from when I was finding my way as a recent college grad. I hope this resonates with someone starting their journey! Enjoy!


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I officially graduated from college this past August. I had it all planned out. I was going to study in Spain for the summer and when I returned, I would start my career in a month. I just knew everything would fall into place because I had two great internships under my belt, an above average GPA and I was very involved in extracurricular activities. I was ready to take on the world.

By the title of the article, you can guess I was in for a rude awakening. When I returned home, I was fortunate enough to continue my internship while I was supposed to find the career of my life. I would intern during the day and fill out applications after work and on the weekends.

The first reality check happened when I found the job of my dreams. I would be doing everything I wanted and loved doing. It was in the city and with some research, I found that I would be making enough money to even travel on the weekends. It was all going to be amazing, until I looked at the job qualifications. Okay, I didn’t have 3-5 years of experience, but I was amazing. They would just know that I was perfect. I turned in the application and waited. I was rejected. It was the first of many to come.

I started doubting myself. Before graduation I decided to get work experience before starting graduate school to make myself more marketable. However, entry level jobs required 3-5 years of experience and the graduate schools I wanted to attend required 5-7 years of professional experience. I was at a lost. I was still interning during this time, but as the grace period on student loans started to disappear, I needed a full time position and some motivation for the extraneous journey of job searching in the 21st century.

That’s when I started to think about the process. I started to think of all the mistakes I had made during my job search. All the cover letters I sent with errors, resumes that were inappropriate for the job postings and my overall lack of attentiveness to specifics. I realized while I was looking for a full time position, I was learning so much about life, work environments and myself through my internships and daily life. I realized that sharing my wisdom, mistakes, failures and shortcomings could help someone on their journey.

I decided to start Everything’s ART (my initials). ART stands for taking every lesson, success, mistake, trial, or obstacle and turning it into something worthwhile. My outlet was showing people instead of being down in the dumps about life, I would inspire others through my trials and motivate them to continue their journey, no matter if it was in the office, classroom, at home or internal. Since my passion is marketing, it is a great way to show people that I am creative, consistent, thoughtful and passionate about people. I also wanted future employers, friends and colleagues to see what type of person I am; positively optimistic. While everyone won’t understand, the point is to get to the people who would.

Since I have started Everything’s ART, I have started freelancing for some social media accounts, began implementing a social media plan for one of my internships and most of all, I have received a lot of positive feedback on my project. This has helped with my branding, business skills and professional esteem.

The point of this post is not to start what I started, but find something you are good at and make it your employment while you are looking for your next professional move. Be productive. When the time comes for me to interview, I want employers to know that I am a self-starter. I can take any situation and find the positive in it and grow. You can too. You never know where your outlet can take you, so don’t be afraid to try something new and productive.

Think about what you would like to do and think of unconventional ways you can get there. You can be productive even in the down times. Even if it doesn’t take you exactly where you want to go, you will have great story to tell at an interview to your future employer. Who knows, you could eventually become your own employer because of your can-do attitude and determination.