I am authentic and upfront with my readers. I will take them on a ride through my triumphs and shortcomings. I feel my readers trust me because itâ€™s more of a conversation with a guy that knows a lot of random things.
The biggest mistake I ever made in business wasâ€¦
Not trusting my writing and [being] perplexed [about] why more people werenâ€™t coming in the beginning.
What I learned from that wasâ€¦
When you start a blog, itâ€™s a false sense that people will just show up. No, you have to build that house and keep tinkering with it.
Networking is important in the digital space becauseâ€¦
We are a society that has a short attention span; so building great relationships is key. The blogging community can be very cliquish. Itâ€™s the relationships you build with everyone in the community that builds you up.
The biggest lesson I learned about branding in the digital space wasâ€¦
Your brand is something you have to live and breathe. Everything you put on your site is attached to your brand. I have turned down certain deals because it didnâ€™t align with the From Ashy to Classy brand.
The best piece of business advice I ever got wasâ€¦
The ability to be able to recognize that you canâ€™t do everything and being able to say no. I actually read it in this book called The War of Art.
I measure my success byâ€¦
[Facebook] shares and by Google Alerts to see where people may be talking about my posts. I used to be a comment whore, but I realized that a lot of people just arenâ€™t going to comment, but that doesnâ€™t mean your content or presentation is bad.
None of my success would be possible if not forâ€¦
My ability to never settle for good when greatness is right around the corner.
Next on the horizon for me isâ€¦
Constantly expanding the From Ashy to Classy brand and creating more content that can spark a thought or educate. I have a podcast with comedian Jovan Bibbs called Straight Outta Locash,Â more public speaking, finishing up my book, Loose Ends, and beginning to start writing my book, Confessions of a Runaway Corporate Slave.
The advice I have for anyone who wants to follow in my footsteps isâ€¦
Keep writing and think about creating something that people havenâ€™t seen. Promote and network with people to get your brand out there.
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