Robert D. Smith is a master of branding and a creative force. For decades, he has managed the career of best-selling author and speaker Andy Andrews. In addition to his work with Andy, he is regularly sought after by some of the biggest names for his expert advice, creativity, and innovative approaches.
“Whether you think it or not, you are a brand.” @TheRobertD
Most people know Robert as THE Robert D. His energy is so intense that, to prepare, I downed a double espresso before our interview. I shouldn’t have bothered because just talking with him is like plugging into an unending energy source.
In our video interview, you will hear THE Robert D’s advice on building a personal brand.
What’s the number one question that THE Robert D asks himself to know whether a person will succeed? Drum roll….
Are you coachable?
Interestingly, when I hire an executive, that is also my number one question. Because if you are not teachable, it usually means you are arrogant. If you aspire to serve others, you are always trying to remain coachable.
“Winning is defined by the legacy you create.” @TheRobertD
Recently, I was visiting Nashville and met Jimmy at an event to raise money for the Salvation Army.
Saved By Love
Do you know how this country music star got his first guitar? If you have participated in the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, you will have the answer. That anonymous gift was the beginning of a musical journey. Each year children in need fill out angel tags containing gift wishes and place them on a tree. Jimmy received his first guitar through this program. You can make a dream come true by helping others through the Salvation Army’s program.
After reading his compelling story and speaking with him, I thought about 7 lessons Jimmy Wayne taught me about giving and sharing.
Jimmy taught me to:
1. Give the gift of encouragement.
As a homeless teenager, Jimmy befriended an elderly couple, who took him in. When he speaks of this couple, and the words of love and appreciation they expressed to him, you will be reminded of the power of encouragement. Contrast that to the words spoken by a prison guard; words that, to this day, still seem to haunt him.
Use every opportunity to encourage others with words of love and appreciation.
Recently, I had the opportunity to hear Bob speak. His platform skills were on full display. I watched him mesmerize the audience with his energy and command of the stage. He inspired everyone to make a difference with his message of service and influence.
After his terrific presentation, I had the opportunity to talk with Bob about serving others and influence. In this video, we discuss:
Annika Sorenstam is perhaps the greatest female golfer of all time. Her many awards include ten Major Championships, 8 Player of the Year Awards, and 89 worldwide wins. In 2013, the PGA of America named her the First Lady of Golf. She’s the only female golfer to shoot a 59 in competition.
“There are no shortcuts to success.” -Annika Sorenstam
Though Annika stepped away from competitive golf in 2008, she remains busy with commercial and philanthropic activities. Her ANNIKA Course Design firm is busy around the world creating challenging courses everywhere from China to South Africa. The ANNIKA Academy in Orlando is teaching players of all ages. She is the creator of the ANNIKA Collection with Cutter & Buck. She even created an accounting firm, ANNIKA Financial Group. Outside of her business interests, there is the ANNIKA Foundation designed to help junior golfers. She is active on Twitter and dedicated to her family.
“It just shows how you should never give up.” –Annika Sorenstam