In my first blog post, I talked a little bit about the small town I grew up in, Wyoming, Ohio. You may remember I mentioned how in Wyoming, everyone knows absolutely everyone. Well, I went back this past weekend and absolutely nothing about that had changed.
My family moved to another house in Wyoming while I was studying abroad this summer. Mystudy abroad program overlapped with the first few days of school, so I had to come directly to Columbus at the beginning of the year. Because of this, I had no chance to meet the new neighbors or even see the inside of my new home. When I went to visit my family this past weekend, I returned to an entirely unfamiliar house and neighborhood.
So, long story short, a lot of stuff about my home life changed for me. But, of course, the part about everyone knowing everyone had not changed a bit.
Example: When I was walking my dog down my new street, some girl stopped me to ask if my name was Taylor Weis. After I said yes, she proceeded to tell me that she recognized me from her older sister’s yearbook. The girl (who looked to be around 13) told me she looked me up because I was “the girl who’s short story her class read as an example for Power of the Pen.”
See what I mean? Everyone knows everyone. It’s been eight years since I wrote that story. And I’ve never seen that little girl in my entire life.
I’m sharing this story to point out the way in which personal brands stick. In middle and high school I was an avid writer, and I try to engage in creative writing whenever I get a chance in college. I’m so happy that the girl who stopped me, however young, is familiar with my brand as a writer. I truly hope that is the way a lot of people see my personal brand. I’m glad that, three years after leaving Wyoming, that is the brand that stuck. It could have been worse, I’ll admit.
Work hard to leave behind a personal brand that you like. Throughout your life, you will certainly get opportunities to mold and reshape your brand. But there will always be people from your past, or maybe people you’ve never even met before, who will never get the chance to experience your new and improved brands. Make sure you leave these people with the best image of yourself that you can give them.
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