I’ve often talked about Building Your Brand – a concept that many forgive while searching for success. As I was first told, ‘it’s far easier to tarnish your brand than to build it.’

I’ve always been partial to personal branding. How you represent yourself in and outside of the workplace. Integrity is the number one factor I look for when hiring – it’s not about what you say, but about what you do.

Recently found this article from the HBR about Building Your Board. I too believe that you are who you surround yourself with, but I’ve always accepted this in the unconscious. It’s a neat take on surrounding yourself with those not only to learn from, but to demand feedback from. Just as a company assigns a board to help determine direction, strategy, and required changes, the same can be incorporated into your personal life.

Out of 8

2 hours 53 minutes. Out of 8 hours. On average. Does the average American work.

Love this read from INC. detailing where folks tend to spend the majority of their work days. Extrapolate that number out, and you can figure out how long your average American works in a year…or lifetime.

Days are what you make of them. The 8 hours are going to pass regardless. How much will you work?