You'd really have to go out of your way to miss Karen Civil these days. And to be honest, I'm not even sure how to summarize what this digital powerhouse does -- because as CEO of Always Civil Enterprise, she does a lot of everything, and then some. That's because she made the decision, a long time ago, to stop categorizing herself.
With the publish of her new book "Be You & Live Civil: Tools for Unlocking Your Potential & Living Your Purpose," Karen added author to her long list of accomplishments, and she's got some advice for fellow self-starters who have the desire to become multihyphenates in their own right.
She uses 4 chapters -- "Understanding Motivation," "Self Motivation," "Positive Attitude" and "Living Civil" -- to illustrate the techniques that have helped her to become a powerful brand of her own.
"When I started my career I never looked at myself as one to be inspirational, but as I continued to grow I've met so many different people who ask, 'How do you do it? You make it look easy.' But it's not easy. I have certain tricks and tips I use everyday that have been working for me."
While you'll obviously have to read the book for all of those tips, she did share some basic tactics with me (especially helpful if you're an introvert like myself, and Karen -- which I would've never guessed if she hadn't admitted it).
Be Your Own Superhero
"Being in this business and surviving day-to-day can be a constant struggle," she explained. "It's about learning how to be your own super hero, put on your own cape, and be a well-rounded individual. We go through a phase where we automatically think that when we have a great idea, we're going to have a million cheerleaders. (Read: stop whining that no one's helping you).
"What are you doing to magnify and grow your business? What are you doing for yourself? You have to self-motivate. I had to learn a million things on Google until I was able to meet people who I could partner with for help. People take themselves out of the game before they even start. Think about what you're doing for yourself, to move your career forward and really live in our purpose.
Don't Underestimate The Power Of The (Self) Pep-Talk
An idea is only part of the equation -- making a move is where it gets difficult. "It starts with that pep talk and mentally telling yourself...'It's going to be hard, and it's going to take time, but I'd rather put this focus and energy into something that I love, that benefits me.' People go to their jobs and hate it everyday, but they have great ideas. Put that same time and effort into something you love -- it really starts with being honest with yourself.
What's the worse thing that can happen? It doesn't work? It might not progress the way you want it to, but there's no failure when you take a chance on yourself."
Don't Label Yourself
Now we're taking it right back to Karen's first little secret that I pointed out earlier. Enough with the labels.
"When I first started out, I used to call myself a 'hip-hop blogger,' but I eventually [decided I was] going to stop labeling myself," she revealed. "Once you step away from that, you start to realize that in a society that wants you to be everything but yourself, [you can] chose to be yourself. That's what I get paid to be. I'm just honestly, genuinely being myself. That's why people and brands reach out to me for partnerships. I'm not putting a cap or time limit on success. I want something everlasting, not just for the moment."
Got it? Good.