Forged by Fire: How to Develop an Unstoppable Brand
Lioncrest Publishing (2022)
Reviewed by Stephanie Elizabeth Long for Reader Views (11/2022)
Adversity is a part of the human experience; none of us come out of it unscathed, but it’s what we learn from it—the level of resiliency we build that determines if we will sink or swim. After being blindsided by the horrific financial charges against her husband, the then amateur entrepreneur Mila Grigg shares with readers how she weathered the storm and came out on top. In her highly regarded self-help book “Forged by Fire: How to Create an Unstoppable Brand,” Mila proves she is the ultimate expert on how to build your brand—a brand that will stand the test of time. Through controlling your narrative, greeting the world with authenticity, and an unwavering drive to share your unique gifts, the writing teaches you to hone these skills and watch as your personal and professional brand flourishes.
“Forged by Fire” is a practical self-help book for anyone who wants to create a personal brand but doesn’t know where to start. The writing comprises eight pieces (sections) that fit together, ultimately completing the puzzle and giving you the tools to succeed. A large part of the book emphasizes the importance of purpose (knowing your why) to create a vision and build a solid foundation. Once you’ve found your purpose, you can share your personal story, allowing others to resonate with your experience, define your core values, polish your image, and connect to various media platforms. All of these pieces are essential and will buttress your brand if you face fire (adversity) along the way.
Beyond the tips and easy-to-implement strategies for brand success, the author’s inspirational stories and tenacity reeled me in. Despite the dire circumstances she faced when her husband (the primary breadwinner) went to prison, she showed readers the value of digging in their heels, putting their dukes up, and getting in the ring to fight harder than ever. Propelled by her unwavering faith in God and the unique gifting she was given, surrendering was never a choice; she had something amazing to offer the world, and she wouldn’t take no for an answer.
Moreover, the questions/exercises provided within the sections were instrumental in providing direction so I could forge ahead toward the goal of developing a solid personal brand. For example, I gained so much clarity by following Mila’s advice on discovering my purpose by tuning out all the outside noise and focusing on what brings me joy. I came up with a handful of things, all with the same theme—helping others. If I’m being honest, had I not done that simple exercise, I’d still be over here spinning my wheels. Another helpful tip was when coming up with my core value, choosing five powerful attributes of utmost importance to me. These words will be your beacon of light when you feel lost in the fog. Mila gives readers the tools, but they do the work!
Overall, I found “Forged by Fire” exceptionally informative and chock-full of practical advice. The author wrote with wisdom and won me over by writing from the heart and being transparent when sharing her story. For readers seeking a resourceful guide to creating and growing a personal brand that will flourish, don’t miss out on this book!