Dress for the Job You Want – Wear Attitude Like A Dress


 Wear attitude like a dress

They say, “Don’t dress for the job you have; dress for the one you want”.

The skeptic I cannot help but be sometimes says, “That’s a very good way to get fired”.

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But I have come to find it is some pretty good advice offered free of charge. My understanding of the phrase is when you have the job you want, what is the next thing?  Where do you go next? Given the truth that the job you have is already a conquered realm, in a manner of speaking, you have to keep going.

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What is the next level?

I have come to the understanding that ‘dress like the job you want’ goes beyond the clothes we put on and take off. I have come to find it means attitude, style, and presence, and so on. Awareness, basically.  When you ‘dress for the job you want it means you have conquered everything there is to conquer at your present level and there’s nowhere else for you to go but up. It means you are at a level where you’re basically stagnating; you’re coasting because you’re in your comfort zone. You’re comfortable, and therefore you’ve become complacent.

The story is told of a former warrior king who decided to relax in his palace while his troops were at war. A while ago, he would have been right there with them, leading the charge and hacking his enemies to death. But now, because he had tasted victory and it was sweet, he decided to chill. So one afternoon, he is on his roof surveying his kingdom only to spy a woman having a bath some compounds away. I’m sure we all know what happened after that.

The point is becoming comfortable and complacent is very dangerous. It is an unsafe attitude for anyone in position of responsibility, especially in today’s high speed world. People become replaced before they can catch a breath.

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Dressing for the job you want and not just for the one you have is more than a literal saying as far as I’m concerned. It’s a mind state; an attitude of always looking to the next thing. The next product.  Next customer. The next terrain/challenge to conquer. It’s the only way to stay ahead of the curve; the only way to be better than you were yesterday.

“You’re only as good as your last hit,” an ex-boss of mine was fond of drilling into my head. Because of the speed at which things are consumed these days, products and people have shorter and shorter shelf lives. In other words, if you’re not doing you’ll get done. Before you know what’s going on, some child fresh out of the university who has opened himself up to new things and opportunities will be your replacement at your desk.

And just like that, you’ll be out of a job.

Constant improvement is important in all spheres of life and living; anything not growing is dead. And as with almost everything else, it starts with a change in attitude.

Your attitude determines your altitude, trust me. Whoever puts these sayings together knows what they are saying. We all know people, incredibly talented people, who never amounted to anything. And we know people who don’t seem like they actually know anything, but just seem to be moving ahead.

I tell you, their disposition has a lot to do with it.

Now, it’s important you understand that being mean and condescending is not dressing for the job you want. Don’t forget, it mostly means being so incredibly good at what you do there’s no other way for you to go but up. It means being constantly ahead, such that you’re in tune with now and next. What it also means is being the most capable person in your team, being the nicest, kindest, and most responsible.

It also means looking damn good – and being comfortable with it.

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