Monthly Messenger_July 2019

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sincethen, I’vemadesuretotake careofmyappearancenotonlyto proveIcareaboutmyselfbutalso toshowIcarejustasmuchabout mycareer.WhenIstartedcaring moreaboutmyappearance, people wouldcomeuptomesaying, “Rick, you’relookingrealygood! You’rerealytakingcareofyourself. Youknowthatprojectweweretalking aboutsixmonthsago?Let’sgoahead andmoveforwardonthat.” It’sesentialtoinvestinyour appearance, bothwithtimeand money.Thisleadsmetoavital question:When’sthelasttimeyou wentshoppingforclothes?Ifyou haven’tbeeninthelastseven months, Iencourageyoutofind sometimeandgetouttheretodo someseasonalclothesshopping. Everysixmonths, Igothroughmy ownwardrobeanddecidewhatI needtogetridofandkeep. Ifthere’s somethingthat’sgoneoutofstyle, Itypicalywon’twearitagainbecause Iwon’tbelookingmybestifIdo. ThewayIpresentmyselfnotonly showsmybusinesisboomingbut alsoprovesIlovewhatIdoand genuinelycareaboutit.

Eightyearsago, Iexperienceda situationthatsolidifiedthis understandingforme, and, funnily enough, itinvolvedacar. Iwas talkingtoaprospectwhoIwas doingbusineswithatthetime. Themeetinghadgoneverywel, andIwasfeelingpretygood aboutit, aswasmyprospect. Afterthemeetinghadfinished, hetelsmethathe’lwalkmeout, whichwastheonlytimesomeone hadeverwalkedmeoutside oftheofficebuilding. Typicaly, peoplewilwalkmetothedoor butnevertomycar. Atthetime, Ihappenedtobe drivinganalmostbrandnew CadilacCTS, whichIwasprety happywith. Oncewegotoutside, Ilookedaroundandspoted anotherCTSandaskedifthat washis. Itturnedoutitwas, and thiswaswhenmyprospecttold mesomethingIwon’teverforget. Aswewerestandingthere, hetels me, “Ihavetobehonestwithyou. Iwalkedyououtheretoseewhat kindofcaryouweredriving. MostintheITindustrydon’tcare muchabouttheirappearanceand drivebeaters. HowdoIknowthey’l takecareofmycompanyandmeif theydon’ttakecareofthemselves? HowdoIknowtheyvaluequalityin businesiftheydon’tvalueitin themselves?” Micdrop. Eightyearsago, Ididn’tgivemuch thoughtintohowIpresentedmyself ordresed. Iwas80poundsoverweight, andmyfashionsensewasatleast tenyearsoutdated. However, after thatexperience, Irealizedjusthow importantappearanceis, andever

UglyTruckDayisonJuly20, andthisfunlitleholidayreminds meofthesaying, “Don’tjudgea bookbyitscover.”WhileIdothink outsideappearancesdon’tentirely pertaintowhat’sontheinside, appearanceisstilcrucialinlife. Whenyou’rerealyandtrulyalin foryourpersonalimage, you’re makingapositivestatementabout yourselfthatpeoplewilsee, feel, andappreciate, regardlesof whetherornottheyshould. Appearancemeansalottopeople. Ifyou’rewalkingintoajobinterview ormeetingaprospectiveclient, it’snaturalandimportanttomake thebestimpresionyoucan. However, ifyoudon’ttrytolook yourbest, chancesareyouwon’t appearasfantasticasyouwant tobe. Ifyouhappentosetdown yourvisiblyoutdatedphone, wearscufedshoes, ordo anythingelsethatreflectspoorly onhowyou’representingyourself, peoplewilviewyoudiferently thanyou’rehoping.

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