Well, that's not entirely true. We're alike in how we are so very different from all the rest. I'm speaking of our professional identity. Which for me, is precisely the same as my real self. My only self.
You will never find me 'dressed for success', following a set dress code, conduct code or any other manner of being that requires a special decoder ring to figure out who or what I'm about. I am not about my looks and I am not about to behave in the mode du jour. My essential self will never be shrouded within a secret identity.
Yeah. I'm different. Because if being real is different, then I'm marketing myself brilliantly.
"If it's not different, it's not marketing"
This from Andrew Lenza, the guy who defined in one sentence my forever personal paradigm on marketing. And different I am. Standing in eerie relief against the other drones.
Like you, (and thanks to ActiveRain), my world is filled with friendships with like-minded individuals in our industry. A theme I hear often is that we were drawn to this profession to be in business for ourselves and do it our own way. Most of us have already paid our dues to the nine-to-five corporate world. The suppression nearly did us in.
Or maybe it's just me. Unvarnished and awkward, I can't help but see the myriad ways in which I don't belong to the status quo. I rarely fit in even if I've learned to blend now and again. But blending has never been my thing.
The question burning inside of me is this: If I don't belong just as I am, do I stay anyway?
Here I sit on the floor of this little blue room and I honestly don’t know what direction I should take. Even though this time, it matters.
I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not."