Weekly Wednesday Wisdom: dress the job you want

By kenny friedman on Wednesday, September 22, 2010

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There is a bit of a theme going on with some of these...a bit of rebellion. I don't mean it to be like that...I just want Miloh to grow up, be his own person.


Wisdom for Miloh: dress the job you want

I was told that a few times and on the surface it seems like a really obvious statement. I mean you should always think of your next career move, or next 2, and preparing for that early is a good idea.

So yeah...dressing the job you want makes sense.

BUT...there's actually a lot more to that comment then there seems.

First time I was told to do that I ignored it. I think people should be judged on what they do not how they look. Obviously there are exceptions for people who come to work dressed like shit, but in my case I was wearing dress shirts, ties and a sport coat to work...I was told to wear more suits...blech.

Second time I was told to dress the job I want I ignored it again...

The third time the comment was said it hit me. I did want to advance my career, become a Creative Director and such. So I should in fact dress the job I want.

Problem is the job I wanted had me wearing jeans most days and allowed me to express my style and wear whatever shoe I want...like PF Flyers.

So think about it. If you're in a job or any situation that is making you change who you are to advance really think about if that's where you want to be...because it's easy to go somewhere else and do the same thing but keep your style and self respect. And then you'll be happier anyway.



Ladies and gentlemen...The Clash (video quality sucks but it's worth a watch.)



3 comments:

  1. hey, i like what you are saying here. i've worked in some environments where i could have gotten away with wearing a paper bag to the office, and i always resist it. i feel better actually dressed for work, and i do think people respond differently.

    don't get me started on casual fridays. seriously not a fan.

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  2. I really love your "Wisdom to Miloh" entries. Most of the stuff you say are things that I have thought and would give the same advice to my children, when I have them.

    Also this one: SPOT ON!

    I had an interview one time with a insurance company and while wearing my tie, shirt and nice slacks thought "This isn't me". I turned the job down and in hindsight it's the best thing I did. I couldn't be happier where I am. Jeans and T-shirt or collared shirt is perfect for me.

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  3. I really love your "Wisdom to Miloh" entries. Most of the stuff you say are things that I have thought and would give the same advice to my children, when I have them.

    Also this one: SPOT ON!

    I had an interview one time with a insurance company and while wearing my tie, shirt and nice slacks thought "This isn't me". I turned the job down and in hindsight it's the best thing I did. I couldn't be happier where I am. Jeans and T-shirt or collared shirt is perfect for me.

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