Being Yourself Takes Courage
I don’t think I realized how much work it takes to infuse yourself into your work.
Instead of a month dedicated to the concept, at some point, I realized that it is a decision that happens, moment to moment, hour by hour, and day by day. Being yourself is hard because the rest of most of our world doesn’t like it because it makes you hard to predict.
It is far easier to make sure someone says the “right thing.” Because if they say the “right thing” they are more likely to dress the “right way.” If you “dress” the “right way” they are more likely to buy the “right stuff.”
Sooner than later, you have a profile of a segment of the population, and life becomes much more predictable.
Predictability means persuasion.
So, keeping a lid on individuality is a priority of many a social structure. The cost of that cap is lost innovation, creativity, and courage.
So, ask yourself this question.
Are you bringing your full self to this conversation? If not, how do I bring just a little bit more?
Build that muscle.
Becuase once you stop being afraid of being unpredictable, you can concentrate that energy on making an impact on projects that matter.
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- Product Management in Practice: A Real-World Guide to the Key Connective Role of the 21st Century
- Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
- Lean Analytics: Use Data to Build a Better Startup Faster
- User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product
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