Insist on being yourself

I was once forbidden from entering into a dance club because I was wearing my nametag.

Another time I got kicked out of a fancy restaurant for wearing my nametag.

And a few years ago, I dated a girl who was so uncomfortable with my nametag that she stopped going out with me.

I know. Ridiculous.

But hey, that’s cool. Those are the types of people and places I wouldn’t want to associate with anyway.

LESSON LEARNED: insist on being yourself.

In The War of Art, Steven Pressfield says, “When we see people begin to live their authentic lives, it drives us crazy because we know we’re not living our own.”

Also, Nietzsche once said, “Those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”


So, whether you’re:

At work…
At school…
At home…

Don’t shrink from opportunities to say things like:

“That’s how I roll.”
“That’s my policy.”
“That’s just who I am.”
“That’s what I believe.
“That’s just how I dress.”
“That’s the way I do business.”

And next time someone becomes upset or frustrated or uncomfortable around you when you DO insist on being yourself, remember two things:

1. That probably says more about them than it does about you.
2. They’re just jealous.

Insist on being yourself.

And if some one (or some place) can’t handle it, just walk away.

Have you ever had to check your personality at the door?

Write “Insist on being yourself” on a sticky note and post it EVERYWHERE.

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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag

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