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The Dream Chaser by Tony A. Gaskins Jr.

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Chapter 8The Ram in the Bush

I believe that if you're doing what you are called to do, there will always be a way made for you. I was building my brand alone. I couldn't afford to hire anyone. I was balancing the dream and the job, and I was working nonstop. I spoke about my dreams to others. I didn't talk to people who were doing what I was doing because I didn't want to give away any of my ideas. I learned my lesson about that because I've had quotes, ideas, and plans stolen by others who were doing what I was doing. I would only tell people who weren't competing with me.

I published my first book in 2007. I promoted myself all of 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. I was building my brand organically, which I'll go into detail about in another chapter. I was investing in myself. I built something that was unique at the time, and it still is kind of unique today. I built a personal brand; I built it from scratch and against the odds. Considering my background, I was an anomaly so to speak. I think what I was building shocked and surprised a lot of people. There were a lot of spectators, but no real supporters. It's funny how that works. I think some people may hate you so much that they can't allow themselves to support you. People let jealousy get in the way. But you can rest assured that whatever you're building, people are watching.

I wrote the book, then I became a speaker in 2007. I don't remember anything special from 2008, so it must have been a year of groundwork. Then in ...

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