I had the pleasure of interviewing Dorie Clark. Dorie Clark is the best-selling author of Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You, and Stand Out (Named the #1 Leadership Book of the Year by Inc, Magazine), and a Harvard Business Review contributor. Her work has been published in HBR Guide to Getting the Right Job and HBR Guide to Networking.
Dorie is a professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business and visiting professor for IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. She is quoted frequently in NPR, the BBC, and MSNBC, and was named one of Inc. magazine’s “100 Great Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference.”
What mindsets are most important to you?
I’m very focused. I choose no more than 2 professionals goals to focus on at a time, period, and then review and update them every six months.
I’m also very positive about my ability to accomplish things. I feel very confident that if I make a suitable effort, it will get done. (Of course, I’m not talking about joining the NBA, but within my realm of competencies, I have evidence that if I work hard, I can get things done, like writing a book.)
I also triage a lot . That’s because I try to focus rather single-mindedly on top priorities, like my book launch earlier this year.
What are the top 3 actions or habits that you attribute your successes to?
What are the key life philosophies that you attribute your successes to?
When I was 13, I encountered the work of Tony Robbins, which was the first time I’d ever heard the idea that you can choose your own mindset and worldview — and if you can do that, why wouldn’t you choose one that was empowering? I thought that was quite powerful and likely has been impactful for me.
If you could distill your success to specific action steps, what would those be?
What are the best resources you would recommend to someone looking to gain insight into cultivating a personal brand, or becoming a better version of herself?
As I describe in my Recognized Expertcourse, there are three key components of building a strong personal brand:
Takeaway#1: To cultivate a personal brand, you must produce content quickly and often.
Takeaway #2: Focus on one or two goals at a time, and focus single-mindedly on those top priorities.
Takeaway #3: Network and social proof. Align yourself with known and respected brands, and have a trusted group to help vet and improve ideas.
Originally published at medium.com