Seven Sins Against Your Personal Brand

Original Spanish version published in Aptitus magazine (Perú) on July 07, 2014

The name we have is a lifetime brand and it is in our best interest to take care of it. We must maintain its prestige and attain brand recognition. However, there are seven sins against your personal brand:

  1. Arrogance
    Arrogance drives others away and is offensive. Looking down on others or feeling superior is not only unpleasant and even abusive to others, but is also very damaging to the arrogant person, their image and relationships. Nothing justifies arrogance: neither success or power, money or a good appearance. Neither does an impressive résumé, a career full of promotions and achievements, or a flawless academic background. Arrogance is unforgivable (and an arrogant person is never forgiven anything) and destroys charisma.


  1. Complacency
    Holds back and deters from competitiveness. Believing that we are “fine just as we are”, that we no longer should or need to continue growing or investing in our profile, skills, abilities and knowledge destroys a career and affects our personal brand. Even more so if we do not take courses, reject technology or settle with poor English. Whoever falls into complacency forgets that all jobs are temporary and that we are solely responsible for our success and the currency of our personal brand.


  1. Unethical Conduct
    Unethical conduct irreparably destroys a personal brand. It does away with trust and all credibility. Unethical people do business where there are conflicts of interest, they lie and deceive everyone (forgetting that they cannot deceive everyone forever), they do not keep promises and do not respect others. They are disloyal to current and past organizations, co-workers and bosses. There are many shameless people who conduct themselves without caring about their credibility or their long-term reputation. A brand like that is hopeless.


  1. Bad Results, Few Achievements
    Failing to deliver results or generating little value or contributing little to results has a very negative impact on the value of a personal brand. As service providers, we sell the results of our work – not our time – and we depend on them for our career and our brand to continue. Whether due to lack of perseverance or sense of purpose, failing to meet established performance indicators irreparably impacts our résumé, our brand and our professional reputation.


  1. Neglecting Our Personal Image
    Both online and in person, our personal image requires attention and care. Bad habits, addictions, bad appearance, lack of exercise or hygiene, as well improper language or lack of manners or courtesy, impact very negatively on our brand… with the risk of these negative images being recorded online forever, ready to be seen by anyone, at any time…


  1. Few Contacts
    Lack of interest in others or indifference toward friends or co-workers creates isolation and a small and potentially poor network of trust. Those who ignore their friends and fail to maintain or develop their network of trust, risk being left with very few “advertisers” of their personal brand when life takes the turns it always takes… and living through it without true friends…


  1. Bad Attitude
    A negative, overly critical or selfish person who does not care if others find satisfaction in their work or who neglects to give recognition to his or her people (both materially and emotionally) rarely has a good image or reputation. Bitter, bad-tempered or surly people have no charisma, do not generate good will or affection in others and always reap what they sow, damaging their brand and, therefore, their career and employability.

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