Being yourself is rule breaking

Being yourself is rule breaking

Having just read a comment on someone else’s thread on Linkedin that I was engaging on, made me question – Is it breaking the rules to be yourself?

This of course opened up so many more questions …

  • Is that just the case when posting on Linkedin, or is it a business thing, or actually, a life in general thing?
  • If it’s a business thing; do these rules still apply when you are self employed / run your own business or just when you are an employee of someone else’s business? Or is it business rules / etiquette to not be yourself?
  • Who made the rules anyway?
  • And by abiding the rules are we signalling other messages about our character and integrity, and the opposite when you don’t?
  • And does ‘be yourself’ apply to everyone? Is it just okay for this one individual to break the rules because he is say “male, middle-aged, married, educated, affluent and successful … white, british, fully abled … jolly in character … friendly … experienced” … what about when you aren’t of the same demographic? Do you instead need to actually be more like them, or is it still okay to be yourself?
  • And …. is that possibly why such rules exist? To avoid discrimination and prejudice, to avoid individual characteristics being judged, but instead the ability to adhere to the established rules?

OMG I think I have just advocated for rules and why following them makes it a more fair and equal society … and potentially social mobility – learn the rules and it doesn’t matter where you came from or what you have, you can be accepted and succeed 🤷‍♀️ 🤷‍♀️ 🤷‍♀️

(however if the rules are locked in secret chambers and handshakes, will those not in the know, ever be able to know if they are following the right rules?)

There is a lot to unpack in the flippant “just be yourself” comment isn’t there?

As usual, I am TOTALLY overthinking it and just procrastinating from the work I should be doing!

However as I always resolve, I can’t be anyone else other than me – I am a Merewyn – I can only be a moderated version of me, but I am still me … I can never be you or anyone else.

Fancy chatting this or other nonsense over then get in touch to book a Catch-Up call.

Obviously we can be all serious and talk business instead if you prefer – which in that case you might want to book a Suggestion Session, which is all about you and your business, aims and challenges, and I’ll ask you questions and make suggestions – it’s a complementary ‘try before you buy’ or ‘test out the crazy’ session.

(You might just want to let me know which we are doing before we start 😉)