They Asked Me to Brag
I’m sitting in at the Saint James Hotel in Paris. I traveled here by the Orient Express from London for a business summit. Before arriving, the hosts asked attendees to write a future bio. They gave specific instructions and I struggled for far too long to get it written. In the end, this is what I submitted. One day, I’ll look back at this and appreciate how far I’ve come.
My toes in the wet grass. At my side green smoothie rests in a plastic tumbler, flecks of blueberries clinging to the edges. I’ve been told to write a bio about how I’d like to be known three years from now. Make it brag worthy, they said. Write it like a man who has had two glasses of whiskey, and make it awesome.
So I tried. Tried to make it awesome, but I sat with my laptop and my fingers refused to move. For weeks, they refused to dance across the keyboard in a way they normally do.
That’s why I’m outside pressing my feet solidly into the ground, legs dangling from my backyard deck. When I think of brag-worthy success, it usually comes in the form of freedom. Freedom to work where, when, and however I want; to earn however much I dream.
In three years I’ll be a photographer and the go-to strategist for branding and marketing for creative entrepreneurs. When it comes to personal branding, my business will be synonymous with proven strategies, third-party endorsements, and a wealth of satisfied clients.
The real markers of success, however, will come in the form of adopting a child and celebrating life with my husband. We’ll host backyard dinners for friends and family under a starry sky, the seashore breeze cooling the dark night. We’ll donate to charity, we’ll volunteer for international aid, and we’ll leave the world better than we found it.
I don’t think I sound like a bragging man after two glasses of whisky, but after finishing a green smoothie, I’m proud of the person I’ll be in three years.
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