Embrace your inner geek
Posted on July 13 2017
Everyone has an inner geek. But very often we are afraid to embrace it. We are afraid to look strange or put ourselves at risk of being judged. As a brand, we promote uniqueness and embracing your individuality. It's about who you are and not trying to be someone else. Stick to your own style, rather than restrict yourself by guidelines and trends. Embracing your inner geeks (or adventure fanatics) might sound creepy for some of you. And for some of you, the culture of your current job means sharing your geeky would pretty much guarantee you'll never get the promotion you've been working on. If this is the case, you have to make a choice - find ways to share who you are without compromising your attention, or maybe you can find a culture that is the idea that people can be who they are ... And STILL, produce quality work.
The clothes you wear quite often have a direct impact on your confidence. The right clothing allows people to get in and see "normal". There is nothing wrong with the distinction from the pack by wearing a unique outfit but so many people usually just want to keep their style appropriate to the particular events, trends and circles they are in. In other words, they would not wear a pair of shorts for yoga or they would not be seen sporting a brand of clothing that is not deemed cool by their circle of friends. These rules have been imposed by the society and what I want to tell you is: ‘Create your own rules because you have every right to.’ Don’t be afraid to express yourself the way you want to, not the way you are expected to by others.
I am raising this issue because executives (career-focused) benefit from the ability to admit who they are to each other. It touches a transparency that is often missing from the office world, which in turn affects our ability to see each other as individuals. We need to be professional, for the job you do not want, what you have, the network, even if you are an introvert, maintain relationships, etc. This is all good advice; After all, there is a certain expectation that leaders have. Putting on these expectations, however, should be a willingness to show who you are.
Being a geek is all about being truthful about what you enjoy and also not afraid to demonstrate this affection. It means that you never have to play, how much you like something. It is basically a license to emotate proudly on a somewhat childish level instead of behaving like a supposed adult. Being an outsider is extremely liberating. ~ Simon Pegg