Ender acrobatics

No, this isn’t an ego post. It’s not driven by, “Oh, I really need to impress that Scottish/Canadian/Brit (what the heck is he??) Danny Brown guy.”

Screw that – ego is for chumps (hat tip Shannon Boudjema for the phrase).

But you seriously don’t need to impress me.

I’m not your life mate. I’m not your boss. I’m not your editor. I’m not your parents. I’m not your font of all wisdom.

But then, you don’t need to impress these people either (more on why you don’t need to impress your boss in an upcoming post).

Nope, the only person you need to impress is yourself.

If you blog and you hit publish and know that you’re happy with the post, that’s all that matters.

If you’re in business for yourself and you know you’re doing the best you can for your clients, that’s all that matters.

If you’re employed and know you’re doing all you can in your role, that’s all that matters.

If you look in the mirror at the end of the day and know you did every thing you could that makes a difference in whatever you do, that’s all that matters.

Impress yourself. The others will follow.

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Danny Brown
Co-author Influence Marketing: How to Create, Manage and Measure Brand Influencers in Social Media Marketing. #1 marketing blog in world as per HubSpot. Husband. Father. Optimist. Pragmatist. Never says no to a good single malt. You can find me on Twitter - Google+ - LinkedIn.

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115 Comments on "Why You Don’t Need to Impress Me"


Gel
1 year 10 months ago
Thank you for the blog post :)
Gel Lim
1 year 10 months ago
Thank you for this blog post :)
ImagineBeauty_
3 years 2 months ago
I was just browsing thru your old blog post pages and came across this and found it interesting. Ego things we all have within our soul.. I can't agree you more with you on 'Impress yourself. The others will follow." It's true.. the world would find you and want to learn more of you when you begin to get good at impressing yourself, not necessarily with people in mind. The subject of 'ego,' 'approval of others' or 'impressing others' may be summarized in the following quote. "A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep." ~ Vernon Howard Because we don't see ourselves as a lion, we constantly struggle and strive for the approval of others and the world. It is as simple a fact as that when we analyze ourselves and our ego.... is it not? I enjoyed reading the post. Thanks, Danny! :)
DannyBrown
3 years 2 months ago
@ImagineBeauty_ The danger with always seeking approval from others is that you'll never attain the validation you're after. People are fickle by nature, Saach - we change our minds more than some people change their diets. ;-) Go with making those that matter happy; everyone else is a bonus.
DinaRuns
3 years 3 months ago
I completely agree. If you aren't blogging for you, it would be so easy to get burned out. I like blogging and want it to remain fun and interesting.
DannyBrown
3 years 3 months ago
@RickManelius Exactly, Rick - how can we expect others to like/love us, if we don't even know what that means? Cheers, sir!
DannyBrown
3 years 3 months ago
@margieclayman Yes. Now be off with you! ;-)
DannyBrown
3 years 3 months ago
@Brankica Haha, that's my cat Ender. I have absolutely NO idea what the heck he was trying to achieve, but knew I needed a photo of it!! :) What are your countries, miss? I know your husband is stationed abroad a lot, so do you travel a bit too?
C.dillard
3 years 3 months ago
Agreed. Impressive business and impressive people first impress themselves!
Brankica
3 years 4 months ago
WTH is that in the image???I was just gonna say that you impressed me with all the Scottish/Canadian/Brit .... I mean I have multiple countries in my bio but come on, Danny, no one can ever beat you :)
DannyBrown
3 years 4 months ago
@Ari Herzog It's not a post about belief, it's about impressing yourself and liking yourself first. Do that, and it'll come across in how you treat others.