We had the good fortune of connecting with Daymond The Brand, CLC and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Daymond, do you have any habits that you feel contribute to your effectiveness?
Taking time out for myself to intentionally love myself is a habitual practice I know makes me successful. What I mean by this is that I take time out to truly understand myself, how I work, how I think, what’s awesome about me, and what’s awful about me. Success comes to those who know their strengths enough to rely on them, and their weaknesses enough to learn from and improve upon them. Loving yourself is not selfish, and it’s not pompous. When you do it right, it’s actually quite sobering and can sometimes be frightening. That’s because you come to know yourself in a way you haven’t before. You begin to see all the roads in front of you, the good ones and the bad ones, you must travel just to get to your happy place. It can be so frightening that you sometimes just want to look away. But when you come to the realization that you can’t because you’ll sacrifice your ability to evolve, that’s when you succeed. I know that, for sure . . . and I live by that now.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m an artist in the sense that through my branding endeavors, I provide branding materials such as logos, websites, printed collateral, and more that represent my clients’ authentic brands. I also apply those same techniques to myself. In essence, I guess you could say I create perceptions. Sure, that’s what all branding companies provide. However, what sets me apart is that I always focus on authenticity first. At my core, I know that success can never be realized as success unless it also comes with happiness and joy. It doesn’t matter how much money you make. It doesn’t matter what type of car you drive or what type of house you live in. It doesn’t matter what type of job you have. None of those things matter unless they are truly congruent with your life’s purpose and how you feel in your heart regarding them. That is what I train, and that is what I encourage every one of my clients to pursue throughout any of their many endeavors. For me, professionally, the road has never been easy. But my journey has always gotten more and more comfortable as I recognized the actions I must take that make sense for me, no matter what . . . no matter how off-target they sound to others. With every challenge that came to me in life, I took a moment to step back and understand what led to those moments. I thought about what I had done to arrive at my stressful and uncomfortable moments. And as I did that, I learned that in most cases, I faced challenges that aligned with me operating outside of my authentic self. I had made decisions based on trying to impress someone else or please someone else, instead of making myself happy first. What I want people to know about me and my brand is that they see the payoff of hard work and confidence in knowing I am doing the right thing. I am living my life based on what makes sense for me, and I know what that feels like. I want others to experience that as well! I want them to know how to navigate, find their strengths, and embrace them! I want people to know that we are all the same. We are all vulnerable and fearful at times. We struggle and question if we’re doing the right thing or not. But we all have the power to make those things right for us that make us happy and joyful, unapologetically, because we know our exact purposes and reasons for being.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I’ve grown to love Dallas a lot! And the reason for that is the fact that Dallas is always changing now. I don’t have any particular restaurants I enjoy in Dallas because there are so many great ones! However, there are specific areas in Dallas I love to venture off to, and my main three are the Bishop Arts District, Trinity Groves, and Deep Ellum. All of those areas are equally fun and great to visit for drinks and food in the evenings and on the weekends. Now this might be a geeky move, but I would totally turn my friend’s visit into a tourist trip. I love going to the Dallas Arts District whenever I have an excuse. Being a resident here now causes me to take it for granted, but I’d love to take a friend along for another visit. And if we have time to go to Fort Worth, I love, love, love the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens! Finally, we just might have a moment to fit in some kooky fun. So, I’d then take my friend to the Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum in Grand Prairie. Things are just so weird and funny in that place. I love it!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would be nowhere if I didn’t pay close attention to two very specific women in my life who seem to have been the architecting mothers of many of the ideals I embrace.
First and foremost, I’d like to acknowledge my mother, the late Mrs. Patsy Bazile. I grew up over the years to see so many dimensions of her, that she became my best friend in her last five years. That’s how much I admired her. I saw her struggle through single parenthood. I witnessed her dealing with life, her own struggles, and raising me. She always wanted the best for me, although she could not always afford to give me the best. Even now, when I look back on all the things she did for me when she could, and all the ideals she instilled in me, I know now that it was all on purpose. My mother was my rock. But I also know that she did all she could to pour her strength into me so that I would not have to deal with any of the strife, discomfort, insecurity, or bullshit that she had. And for that, I love and honor her so much.
Today, I freelance in branding and marketing design. I also coach branding basics and personal branding for both life and business endeavors. And I must say that Oprah has become a strong influence on how I apply my branding techniques and methodologies to both myself and my clients. Oprah was a powerful influence on my views during the running of The Oprah Winfrey Show. I didn’t pay much attention to it in the early years. However, as I grew and matured, I evolved in my spiritually. Then, her show caught my attention. I came to acknowledge Oprah’s navigation in life as a spiritual journey that resonated with me. I also saw how she strived to connect her spirituality and purposes with her personal brand while she created joy in her own life and her businesses. I saw that, and I wanted that for myself too. Now, I’m finally getting to a point in life when I can honestly say I experience joy. Oprah definitely has a lot to do with that.