Today is all about one hard, simple truth: your brand is not about you.
Let's dive right in.
Design is intentional
I can't say this enough: good design is purposeful. Your brand is not going to be hanging on the wall of your living room. It's going to be working for you on your website, social media, and printed materials, speaking to your clients. Make sure it's saying what you want it to.
Imagine you had a sales staff member, but instead of talking about your great products and services, they spent all of their time talking to your potential customers about how great a boss you are, and what your favorite foods and colors are. Would they make any sales?
When designing your brand, it doesn't matter if your favorite color is purple. It matters what purple says to your audience.
Make your brand about your audience
Your brand should appeal to your clients/customers and draw them in. If you choose your design based purely on your tastes, your goals, and your lifestyle, you may be alienating a huge chunk of your audience.
If your business is service-based, what does it say when you put your tastes and desires in front of your client's?
If your business is product-based, do only people exactly like you need your products?
Your brand should show what you have to offer clients. Focus on what you have that they need. This is what it comes down to: if you want a successful brand, make it about your audience. Convince them that you'll meet their needs, and that you are valuable.
EVEN YOUR PERSONAL BRAND IS NOT ALL ABOUT YOU
If you have a personal brand, think about the reason you have a personal brand. Is it so people will hire you? So you'll gain social media or blog followers? Design is intentional and purposeful. Even when what you're selling is yourself, you have to think about your unique selling point, and focus on that.
You probably already edit your personal brand; such as leaving parts of your life out that are embarrassing, private, or unimportant. If you're selective about the parts of you that you share, you should be selective about the visuals you use to brand yourself.
Besides, no complex, beautifully unique person can be summed up in one cohesive brand. Personhood is too vast to be summed up. Personal brands work when they focus on what you have to offer to others (and you are more than what you have to give).