NASHVILLE MARKETING BLOG: Insights on strategic branding, marketing management, general business and Nashville marketing topics. By Monica Powers, Vanderbilt MBA and marketing consultant in Nashville, TN.

Monday, May 22, 2006

The Little Prince, Beauty, and Your Personal Brand

We saw a delightful stage rendition of The Little Prince by People's Branch Theatre at the Belcourt this weekend. The performance is moving, even cathartic. It connects the adult audience with a freer, more childlike version of themselves by shedding the busy-ness of the everyday.

One of the story's sweetest moments addresses the rift between significance and productivity that we too often find in the business world. Of the Lamplighter, the Prince says: "That is a beautiful occupation. And since it is beautiful, it is truly useful."

We all want to find meaning, purpose, and beauty in our work and to do it without apologies. Reconnecting with your honest, childlike essence is staying true to your "personal brand," and in turn, produces your most beautiful work.

Illustration by Antoine de Saint-Exupery


Anonymous Michael Wagner said...

What a wonderful observation! Beauty and usefulness. Grace and healing. Creative and relevant at the same time. Yes, "since it is beautiful, it is truly useful."

Love the title of your blog. Of course, with 7 years of classical Greek studies to justify, I would! Grin.

Found your via Mack at Viral Garden.

Thanks for enlarging the conversation!

May 26, 2006 1:21 PM

Blogger Monica Powers said...

Thank you for visiting! I had to share the experience after almost sobbing like a maniac in the middle of a dark theatre...that would have probably scared the kiddos.

Seriously, though, these are issues that I contend with every day and seldom get to talk about with other professionals--although I know I'm not the only person who's torn between creativity and practicality.

May 26, 2006 2:58 PM


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