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Entrepreneurs, Your Brand is You

Entrepreneurs, Your Brand is You

I realized we have a lot of content on our Instagram page that I should be sharing with the whole of the internet! So, for this first Instagram-style post, I talk about a topic I’m very familiar with: me. It shows how easily you can take who you are, and turn it into a brand. Because honestly entrepreneurs – your brand is you!

From an Instagram Pic Posted on March 4, 2017

“As I sit here writing on a Saturday night, I can’t help but think about the importance of authenticity, not just in our brands, but in ourselves 🤔

“We build brands around people, not products. And that means we built Mayniax Branding around a person – me 😳

Mayniax Branding - Dave Murray: An Instagram Pic from March 4, 2017

“I grew up reading comic books and studying Greek and Roman mythology. I identified with Wolverine, minus the anger issues, and Batman, minus the money and cool car. In spite of that, I always wanted to be the archetypal hero – the person who could save the world. Yeah, I wanted to be Superman.

“I’m also a smartass. People sometimes ask me if my smartassery is a defense mechanism. Nope, it’s my baseline. It’s how I was raised. While other kids wanted to be Luke Skywalker, I wanted to be Han Solo. While other kids were going to bed, I was up late watching Letterman.

“I’m a guy who firmly believes the more we highlight our differences – be they political, religious, monetary, or skin pigmentation – the more divided we become.

“I’m a guy who believes it’s my responsibility to stay healthy and fit for my current and future friends, family, and clients. Yet I’m also a guy who digs him some cookies 🍪

“And I’m a guy who genuinely believes the happiness of the world rests on the shoulders of entrepreneurs.

“If you read enough of our stuff, you’ll find all that in there. When I talk about authenticity and building brands around entrepreneurs, that’s what I’m talking about. I’m talking about making your brand an extension of you. I’m talking about making your brand’s values your values.

“And I’m also totally talking about cookies.” -Dave

Stay gutsy, gang!

The world is broken, and we believe only entrepreneurs can fix it. But they’ll never get that chance if no one cares about their brands. So, with a little bit o’ nuttiness, a little bit o’ research, and a lotta bit o’ guts, it’s our job to make people care.

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Dave Murray

21 True Confessions of a Gutsy Entrepreneur

21 True Confessions of a Gutsy Entrepreneur

The last couple months have been crazy! And by that, I mean I went a little crazy. Not clinically, of course – I prefer to not receive an official diagnosis – but I most definitely snapped a bit.

For the last several years, I’ve been averaging 60 – 70-hour work weeks. And, with Vanessa’s second kid due in about a month, I’ve been doing a lot on top of those 60 – 70-hours. For instance, we have a lot of legacy clients – we used to be product photographers for the automotive industry – needing work done. And, coincidentally enough, we’re working on another brand to handle that work. All this while keeping personal commitments and still working to help gutsy entrepreneurs, because those are the people I want so desperately to help.

Of course, none of that is an excuse for snapping at people. There is no excuse for that.

One of the great entrepreneurial lessons we learned a couple years ago is that we can’t do it all alone. And, after snapping in a few meetings, and at a few people who’d done nothing wrong, I realized I needed help. Not as in a therapist, but as in people to take some of the workload off my hands.

Besides, poor Vanessa’s basically my therapist. Heh heh.

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Anyway, when you’re a person who considers himself strong, and you let stress and the workload get to ya enough to where you snap at people you like and respect, it’s time to make a few changes. I’ve already found some people to take the workload off, so I’ve got that going for me, which is nice. But I’m sure I have a few more changes to make.

The entrepreneurial road is far from easy, gang, but we trudge through it. Because we have to. And because we believe in what we’re doing. With that, here are 21 true confessions from me, a gutsy entrepreneur. Some funny. Some serious. All true.

Confessions From The Big Guy!

1. I study the greatest people in their fields, not for quotes on Instagram and Twitter – though that is a bonus – but to see how they tick, and what drives them.

2. Bugs Bunny > Mickey Mouse; Star Wars > Star Trek; Muppets > Sesame Street

3. For the last few years, I’ve been scared to date because I’m afraid I’ll lose focus on our mission. Though I’m definitely working on getting over that one. And fast.

4. I want Mayniax Branding to help more entrepreneurs than the governments of the world claim to help.

5. I sometimes wish I didn’t have so many friends. Not that I’d ever get rid of any of them, I just feel bad when they ask me to do something, and I can’t because of helping entrepreneurs.

6. I believe monkeys are always funny. It’s the chimps you gotta look out for.

7. I haven’t had a vacation since I was 19.

8. I study Steve Jobs’ second tenure at Apple because that’s when the branding magic really happened, both culturally and strategically.

9. I once got a black eye from drunkenly picking a fight with a sidewalk.

10. If I don’t exercise five or six days per week, I feel lazy.

11. I think organized religion, politics, and money are dumb. They keep us divided, and I prefer we focus on things that bring us together. And I recognize the irony, since brand strategy is about differentiation.

12. I think Scrubs is television’s all-time greatest show. Except season 9. Season 9 didn’t happen.

13. I’m an extreme minimalist because I don’t like cluttering my brain, or place, with a lot of dumb things.

14. In spite of a few blog posts, and an image, I’ve never actually kicked a puppy.

Dave Murray, the Big Guy at Mayniax Branding, soaked and imploring you to not make him want to kick puppies.

15. I believe the pursuit, and attainment, of happiness – whatever that means to you – is all that really matters.

16. In the event of nuclear annihilation, the only survivors will be cockroaches, Keith Richards, and Tony Horton.

17. I believe my staying healthy is a responsibility not only to myself, but to current and future friends, family, and clients.

18. My food weaknesses include Blimpy Burger, pizza, tacos, anything peanut butter and chocolate, Salted Cara-melo-Oh! cookies from Busch’s, and pretty much any other kind of cookie. Feel free to judge.

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19. I think George Carlin was the greatest philosopher of our time.

20. As blunt and tough as I can be on our clients, I’m much tougher on myself.

21. When I’m feeling particularly cocky, I say, “Hey, it’s me.” Because Han Solo.

In Closing

Most anyone who knows me will say I have a whole lot more confessions in me, and they’d be right. But hey, I need something to write later on down the road, right?

I hope you got behind some of these, or at least understand how the entrepreneur’s path – even mine – is a difficult one. I make mistakes. I beat myself up over them. And I get introspective. After that, I get a refresh and a reboot – sometimes to the head – and get back to work. Because really, that’s all any of us can do.

Have fun, and as always,

Stay gutsy!