Let me be honest and say that I didn’t think this post would be important until a few days ago. Everyday I’m learning something new… and that’s even outside of Dr Seuss books (who knew!). Being yourself probably should have been the first post (shoulda, coulda, woulda!), yet I thought that this was “common sense”. That was until I caught myself mirroring things that other people would do and I didn’t feel so comfortable about doing it. So lets go 🙂
I recently read this book by Gary Vaynerchuk (Vay.ner.chuk (what a cool name)) called Crush It!: Why Now is the Time to Cash in on Your Passion and he discusses the idea of being true to “your DNA”. Let me explain.
The idea is this: creating and being in an environment that allows you to produce your optimum results (e.g. are you a sprinter or a long distance runner? A Mo Farah or a Usain Bolt? *keeping up with the Olympic vibes!*).
An example he gives concerns vlogging over blogging, as he knows he can interact with his audience better by giving them a face to a voice, he prefers the camera to the keyboard in producing results. So to put this into work, I believe blogging is the perfect environment FOR ME. I can interact easier while I’m writing because I write in the same tone I would if I were writing to friends, plus I can give you a true impression of who I am without forsaking my introversion. Don’t get me wrong, I can be just as quirky and exciting as Gary V but it takes me a while before I get to that point in person.
Another way to put this is: wear the shoe that fits your feet most comfortably, seeing you’ll be the one walking in them. I’m sure runners can literally empathise with this. Our feet are shaped differently and a wrong shoe can have you walking like Popeye if he left his spinach at home.