Is self-promotion an act of arrogance?
Do you criticize people who do it? Or does it depend how it’s done?
Self-promotion is not self-adulation; there is a distinct and meaningful difference.
I have worked in Sales & Marketing for 18 years I am often more comfortable promoting someone else’s product than I am promoting my own.
I think so many of us are uncomfortable with self-promotion.
Perhaps it is too personal
Perhaps we aren’t convinced of our own value.
Perhaps we are afraid of appearing arrogant.
Perhaps we confuse self-promotion with self-flattery.
I have recently created my own website where I explore The Art of Authenticity – I blog about authenticity & transparency in life, love, & business.
My site traffic is dependent (in part) on my ability to spread my ideas.
I don’t expect my ideas to resonate with everyone.
I don’t expect anything really… except the freedom to share ideas.
But, I do promote my ideas (and by extension – myself) and in doing so, have had some interesting conversations about how & why people self-promote.
What is self-promotion ?
Well…it isn’t bragging, or an endless list of accomplishments, or an unrelenting self-focus.
AND, then viewing others with the same positive, supportive, abundant lens.
We all promote ourselves to some degree – don’t we?
… in a job interview.
… at the bank.
… on social media.
… in the early days of dating.
So, the question is…
Do I promote myself and my ideas?
Absolutely, I do.
If I don’t believe in what I have to offer, why would I expect you to?
Here’s the thing:
There will always be people who criticize you – that’s how they feel better about themselves and their world.
They will find a reason to criticize or a reason to be negative.
Be grateful you are not one of those people.
Focus on the reality that there is a world full of people who choose to see the beauty around them, in others, and in you.
Surround yourself with those people, because it matters.
Support each other.
Enjoy conversation over coffee.
Share your story.
Cheer each other on.
Call each other to more.
Beauty begets beauty.
Positivity begets positivity.
Abundance begets abundance.