Trying To Stand As Unique In A Digital World

Trying To Stand As Unique In A Digital World

Creating your own brand is hard when you are competing with people who have the same ideas as you.

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In today's world, it is hard to stand as unique. It is hard to have a voice in a sea of millions of different voices trying to outshine one another. With the times of digital platforms booming and people now being able to work from their fingertips, I have found a new challenge in determining where I stand in this world creatively, who I want to be, and how I want to set my life up for success. We hear it all the time now, what is your brand? We no longer have to work for companies that will swallow our creative nitches and no longer have to plan our future to work a 9-5 day job.

But, in this type of advanced world now, how do we stand alone amongst millions of others with similar ideas?

This is something that I have spent a lot of time thinking about over the past couple of years. I have realized that my mind works best with creative freedom.

I have come up with a couple of different ways that I have learned how to stand out in a digital world filled with people with the same writing dream as mine.

Networking

I have found every opportunity that I have received yet so far from people I know and people I have networked with. I have worked so hard to share my dreams and goals publically so I can be connected to others. The more people know about your passions the more easily people can connect you to similar workers in your field. Networking doesn't have to be done at a networking convention...I have heard that one before. Digging deeper than the surface level when you meet others in jobs you are impressed by or networking with friends parents, other departments at your work, emailing dream job holders with questions about their paths are a few ways that networking can happen in a not so scary way. My biggest advice is to keep everyone's information and email them back with questions and thank you's.

Being authentic

This could be the second most important to networking. I am sure you have noticed on social media platforms people trying to portray they are someone other than themselves or using others success to try to get the same results. Success doesn't happen by pretending you are something that you aren't. I have found that people find more relatability and trust in people who are unique to their own brand and are confident in what they have to offer. Being authentically you and focusing in on your strengths will make you more credible in your area of interest.

Working to gain experience

With experience comes credibility, with credibility, comes experience. The more you are willing to put yourself out there even when it comes to small opportunities you are allowing the potential for your resume to grow and become something that you are proud of. I have had to do lots of work for free to prove myself in the industry I am wanting to thrive in. Of course, that is not ideal, but to graduate with more than a handful of experience is worth the struggle to find greatness in yourself. What is more deserving than putting your everything into your passion to one day be something great.

These are just a couple things that I have learned in my fails and successes while walking through the process of figuring out my authenticity and passions. I am working to create my own brand each and every day in a world full of established brands and large personalities. We need to work to develop what we want the world to love and remember us by. Uniqueness is key.

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I'm The College Girl Who Likes Trump And Hates Feminism, And Living On A Liberal Campus Is Terrifying

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

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I will get right to the point: being a conservative on a liberal college campus in 2019 downright terrifying.

At my university, I'm sure about 90% of the population, both students and faculty, are liberals. They are very outspoken, never afraid to express their views, opinions, and feelings in several ways. There are pride events for the LGBT community, a huge celebration for MLK day, and tons of events for feminists.

Then there's the minority: the conservatives. The realists. The "racists," "bigots," and "the heartless." I am everything the liberals absolutely despise.

I like Donald Trump because he puts America first and is actually getting things done. He wants to make our country a better place.

I want a wall to keep illegals out because I want my loved ones and me to be safe from any possible danger. As for those who are genuinely coming here for a better life, JUST FILL OUT THE PAPERWORK INSTEAD OF SNEAKING AROUND.

I'm pro-life; killing an infant at nine months is inhumane to me (and yet liberals say it's inhumane to keep illegals out…but let's not get into that right now).

I hate feminism. Why? Because modern feminism isn't even feminism. Slandering the male species and wanting to take down the patriarchy is just ridiculous.

I hate the media. I don't trust anyone in it. I think they are all biased, pathological liars. They purposely make our president look like the devil himself, leaving out anything good he does.

I will not sugarcoat it: I don't feel safe on my own campus.

I mostly keep my opinions to myself out of fear. When I end up getting one of my "twisted" and "uneducated" thoughts slip out, I cringe, waiting for the slap in the face.

Don't get me wrong; not everyone at my university is hostile to those who think differently than they do.

I've shared my opinions with some liberal students and professors before, and there was no bloodshed. Sure, we may not see eye to eye, but that's okay. That just means we can understand each other a little better.

Even though the handful of students and faculty I've talked to were able to swallow my opinions, I'm still overwhelmed by the thousands of other people on campus who may not be as kind and attentive. But you can't please everybody. That's just life.

Your school is supposed to be a safe environment where you can be yourself. Just because I think differently than the vast majority of my peers doesn't mean I deserve to be a target for ridicule. No one conservative does. Scratch that, NO ONE DOES.

I don't think I'll ever feel safe.

Not just on campus, but anywhere. This world is a cruel place. All I can do is stand firm in my beliefs and try to tolerate and listen to the clashing opinions of others. What else can I do?

All I can say is... listen. Be nice. Be respectful of other's opinions, even if you strongly disagree. Besides, we all do have one thing in common: the desire for a better country.

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Dear Young Voices Of America, Stand Up, Speak Up, And Do Something

Our time is now.

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Dear young voices of America, I think we can both agree that we are sick of being told we are America's future while simultaneously being told our opinions don't matter. Now I personally do not listen to the people that tell me I'm better seen than heard; however, I know there are people that are a little timider when it comes to raising their voices. I am here to encourage you to be loud and speak up on topics that matter to you. There is no better time than the present to make your voice heard. Whether you are advocating for change in your school or the government, your opinion matters and is relevant.

We are the future of our country. How are we supposed to evoke change and reform if we can't have our voices heard? I call bullshit and I think it's time to take action. Even if you're the first or only person to advocate for your cause, be that person. Don't be afraid of anyone that tries to stand in your way. The only person that can stop you from speaking up for yourself and your cause is you. No matter how many nos you have to hear to get a yes or how many doors you have to knock on to get someone to open up, never give up. Never give up on your cause, never give up on yourself or the people you're representing, just don't do it. There is someone out there that supports you. Maybe they're just too shy to raise their voice too. Be encouraging and be supportive and get people to take a stand with you.

It is never too early or too late to start thinking about your future or to take action. But don't hesitate to say something. The sooner you start speaking up, the sooner you have people joining you and helping you, and the sooner you start to see and experience change. So get up, make that sign, write that letter, make that phone call, take part in that march, give that speech. Do whatever you feel fit to get your point across. Shout it from the rooftops, write it on your profile, send it in a letter, ignore everyone that tries to tell you to give up. Maybe they don't understand now, maybe they don't want to listen, maybe they're afraid to listen, but the more you talk about it and help them understand what exactly you are trying to get across, they will join you.

Even when it feels like you have nobody on your side but yourself, I am on your side. I will cheer you on, I will march with you hand in hand, I will write letters and make phone calls and help you find your voice. My life changed when I found my voice and yours will too.

So dear young voices of America, the time is now. Your time is now. Don't be afraid of the obstacles that you may have to face. Someone is out there waiting for you, waiting to grab your hand and march on with you. As Tarana Burke once said "Get up. Stand up. Speak up. Do something."

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