A Peek Inside My Village: Dorie Clark

My dad used to tell me that "you should only speak when you have something to say." The first time I met Dorie Clark at an author's lunch it felt like she lived by this credo. Every word that came out of her mouth was brilliant. This is partly explained by her legit genius. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Smith College when she was only 18 years old. But her brilliance is also due to her generosity in sharing her light and insight with others. It's no surprise that she's built a healthy following of people who are clamoring to listen to her.

Dorie is a marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business review. She's a "branding expert," which basically means that she's really good at helping people figure out how to position themselves for success. I've been recommending Dorie's latest book, Entrepreneurial You, to every woman who's dying to leave her day job and monetize her personal platform. When I asked Dorie what she's had to #droptheball on in order to build her own branding empire she kept it real: email and dating. On the former she says, "I've had to make peace with oftentimes being really remiss in responding to my messages." On the latter, "It takes sheer force of will to push myself to meet up with strangers for first dates, and—though I may meet someone amazing— statistically I'm likely to have a much better time if I hang out with friends, instead...so I tend to do that." One of the things I love about Dorie, and that I think makes her so successful, is her courage in defining herself on her own terms. Knowing what matters most to you is one thing. Aligning your life with your priorities is another. Thankfully we all have Dorie as a teacher.