How to determine your goals and build your personal brand.

We talk a lot about the importance of personal branding- so much that we’ve made it into a guide. But we get this question a lot: What IS personal branding?

In a nutshell, your personal brand is your journey to complete your goals, and has your WHY at the nucleus. That is your personal brand– the thing people will go “YOU are the person we should ask about…”, which comes naturally for you when you are passionate about it.


But how do you determine these goals? Easily. Ask yourself: what drives you? What are your dreams? What is the thing that pushes you forward and makes you wake up excited and ready to leap out of bed in the morning? What defines you and what do you wish to contribute to the world?

Check out these articles as part of our CTO Dennis Yu’s own personal brand / goal in life, and you’ll understand what drives him:

Once you find your WHY, your goals will come naturally to you.
Then, everything you do adds to your own personal brand, and people will begin to recognize you as an authority.

As you learn more and continue to improve, you can then elevate others by teaching them. We call this “Learn-Do-Teach“, or “LDT”. You can learn more about it here.


Let us know in the comments what your goals are, and what drives you forward– we’d love to hear them!


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About the Author

Dennis Yu

Dennis Yu is the Chief Executive Officer of BlitzMetrics, a digital marketing company that partners with schools to train young adults. Dennis’s program centers around mentorship, helping students grow their expertise to manage social campaigns for enterprise clients like the Golden State Warriors, Nike, and Rosetta Stone.

He’s an internationally recognized lecturer in Facebook Marketing and has spoken in 17 countries, spanning 5 continents, including keynotes at L2E, Gultaggen, and Marketo Summit. Dennis has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, LA Times, National Public Radio, TechCrunch, CNN, Fox News, and CBS Evening News.

He’s a regular contributor for Adweek’s SocialTimes column and has published in Social Media Examiner, Social Media Club, Tweak Your Biz, B2C, Social Fresh, and Heyo. He held leadership positions at Yahoo! and American Airlines and studied Finance and Economics at Southern Methodist University as well as the London School of Economics. He ran collegiate cross-country at SMU and has competed in over 20 marathons including a 70-mile ultramarathon.

Besides being a Facebook data and ad geek, you can find him eating chicken wings or playing Ultimate Frisbee in a city near you.

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