Stand for Something

Brian Burkhart

We’re all guilty of it—when someone asks what we do for a living, we tell them about the products we make or the services we provide. We never tell them what we believe.

Unfortunately, business works the same way, and the result is forgettable brands with zero identity. We assume this approach is right because everyone does it.

Put simply, we’re all wrong. Way wrong.

In Stand for Something, Brian Burkhart invites you to break free from the herd and reconnect to the core beliefs that make you stand out. He shares insightful case studies that provide powerful lessons about major brands doing it right, and some that get it all wrong. You’ll see how everything is better when you deeply understand what you stand for. Perhaps for the first time, you’ll find the right job, your relationships will be enriched, internal alignment and excitement will skyrocket, and the right customers will magically come your way.

Press & Praise

Mike Maddock, CEO of Maddock Douglas and author of Free the Idea Monkey and Amazon #1 Plan D

"Are you ready to make a stand? People buy your purpose first, your products second. In other words, your mojo matters. This book will help you bring your special brand of mojo—your core beliefs—to market."

Michael Sansolo, food industry consultant, speaker and author of The Big Picture

"Brian Burkhart concisely and passionately lays out the importance of finding your core beliefs and then how to scream them from the mountaintops. It's a message that has never had more importance or relevance to any business."

Kathy Kolbe, founder & global thought leader, Kolbe Corp.

"Brian has done us all a favor by capturing key points of his marketing wisdom and putting them in this book. Of course, it's more than just about marketing; it's insight into what drives decision making in a world that is hungry for authenticity."

Brian Burkhart

Brian Burkhart believes in making waves. He operates multiple businesses as a founder, CEO, or partner, and takes an active role in building those brands. One of those companies—SquarePlanet—was named an Inc. 5000 company in 2018. A sought-after keynote speaker, Brian works with some of the world’s leading brands, including Google, Red Bull, McDonald’s, ZICO Coconut Water, Stryker, United Airlines, and Citibank. He’s prepped ten firms that have appeared on TV’s Shark Tank and worked with dozens of TED presenters. He’s also an adjunct lecturer at Northwestern University’s prestigious Farley Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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