Instead of dressing to impress, dress for success. 14 days after meeting my mentor, he gave me two points in regard to my appearance. The first, to fix my iPhone screen. I thought he was joking but he stressed that it’s unprofessional. Secondly, he told me to dress how my future self, as an entrepreneur, would dress. Dressing for success is an essential part in making it a reality.
Dressing the part due to guidelines can be both frustrating and counterproductive. The moment you begin to do something to please others is the moment that it becomes a burden. This gives rise to the reason that dressing to impress is not always the way to go. Alternatively, look to dress to impress your future self. Imagine where you want to see yourself in 10 years. If that person is a successful entrepreneur and business person, are they going to be rocking graphic tees and tennis shoes all the time? Probably the total opposite. More likely than not, that future business person is going to have a wardrobe full of clean, professional dress, with a casual selection that still projects a professional vibe.
Don’t wait for success to start dressing the part. Starting early has several psychological benefits that will alter your mentality for the better. If you continue to shop at the same stores that you do today, you are still living in the past. If you start to shop for that future self, you will find that you are closer to that success than you may have imagined. My mentor told me that he once only wore button up shirts when he began to market himself as a businessman. Through some success and tons of failures, his mentor told him to add a tie to his daily attire. The moment he did so, his income grew exponentially as a result of potential clients being more willing to do business with someone dressing the way he did. It truly is the little things that count.
If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, I challenge you to test your own results by making one simple change. On the weekends, dress up a little. Don’t go all out but instead, wear something more professional than your typical Saturday night wear. As a result, you will find that people around you will begin to ask why you are so dressed up, even though you haven’t made any dramatic changes. These begin a process called Piquing Interest. Repeat this routine for a few weeks and you will find that people will start to listen to you more often upon receiving the vibe that you are actually a productive human being. It’s a small change but can provide a world of profit!
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