This week, Daniel Pink’s Drive video inspired me to define myself in one sentence. Summing myself up in one sentence was like trying to say “unique New York” five times fast – nearly impossible. It took some deep soul-searching, especially because I am still figuring out my life’s purpose. I started by making a brief outline.
My top three personal strengths:
- I am a dedicated public relations and graphic design student.
- I invest myself in every project I start.
- I embrace constructive criticism.
My top three talents:
A few things that set me apart from others:
- I have two wonderful, writing intensive internships under my belt.
- In addition to writing and designing, I also enjoy working with numbers.
- I have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
With all of this information in mind, I came up with the following sentence:
She chose the ‘write’ path in college, so she could make an impact after graduation.
My sentence encapsulates the person I am now, and the person I am becoming. After examining my outline, it was obvious that I put a lot of time and energy into my schoolwork – not because I have to, but because I want to. This is because I believe that my passion for journalism can positively impact individuals and businesses. After all, communication is an integral part of any successful business, whether it is fostering customer relationships via social media or internally recognizing employees’ achievements.
Building my personal brand was useful because, as a public relations track, I likely will be involved with enhancing a company’s brand in the future.