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Monday Mottoes – #92

blk suitLiving for part of the week in Washington, DC, means a sea of black and navy suits either on Capitol Hill or in any of a zillion K Street law firms. It’s de rigeur. No questions asked. Creativity not encouraged, lol.

Not a problem. In cases such as these, you need to be creative… within the box. If you can’t stand out with a unique style of dress, then you stand out with your mind, your ideas, your ability to communicate.

Unfortunately, most don’t know who they are. They don’t understand their niche, their differentcontribution to life. They want to be outstanding, but are afraid to do the work, to make the changes, while being themselves (!), in order to stand out from the pack.

Which brings us to today’s motto:

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It echoes a Russian quote that’s very similar:  “Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself. Do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”

Nothing wrong with conformity, but when folks try to beat you down and twist you around, it’s time to reject that stuff and be the real you. Shine. Be your best self. Don’t let the world squeeze you into their mold. Rise above—today’s your day.

Happy Monday, everyone!

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